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  • Hock Lee Bus Riots

    Riot Police using a high-power water jet to disperese rioters

    On 12 May 1955, a strike broke out at the Hock Lee Bus Company along Alexandra Road after 229 members of the Singapore Bus Workers’ Union felt that they were unfairly dismissed. The strike soon escalated into a full-scale riot between police, workers and about 2,000 Chinese middle-school students, resulting in the loss of four lives and 31 others injured.

  • Festivals in Singapore

    Mid Autumn Festival Light Up in Chinatown

    Modern Singapore is well-known to be a society where a hybrid of cultures and communities of different faiths and beliefs coexist in harmony. This rich and vibrant multicultural heritage of Singapore is celebrated through her many diverse festivals, spread over the calendar year.

  • Launch of the Mass Rapid Transit System

    Commemoration of the Delivery of the First MRT Trains

    In the late 1970s, Singapore had in place an efficient bus network, but planning studies conducted during that time anticipated transportation problems with Singapore’s booming population and rising expectations for transport efficiency. Although the MRT line opened to its first passengers in 1987, talks for a potential MRT system as part of the transport infrastructure in Singapore began as early as in the late 1960s.

  • Benjamin Sheares

    Benjamin Sheares at the 1972 National Day Parade

    Best known to most Singaporeans as the second President of Singapore, Dr. Benjamin Henry Sheares was a well-loved and respected man whose early career in the field of medicine saw him achieve numerous breakthroughs including the internationally recognised technique of the lower Caesarian section.

  • Bukit Ho Swee Fire

    Bukit Ho Swee Fire displaces 16,000 households

    On 25 May 1961, a massive fire raged through the Bukit Ho Swee estate, destroying schools, shops, factories and attap houses across a 100-acre area. The fire claimed four fatalities and left some 16,000 kampong dwellers homeless. The displacement of families would prove to be a key moment in the development of modern Singapore, paving the way for a massive shift towards the Government’s public housing programme.

  • David Marshall

    David Marshall on a goodwill visit in Jakarta as Chief Minister

    David Saul Marshall was a top-notch criminal lawyer, best remembered for his strong oratorical skills and dedicated service to his country. His passion and talent led him to be elected the first Chief Minister of Singapore and founder of the Worker’s Party in 1957.

  • Black and White Houses in Singapore

    A Black and White Bungalow from the 1900s

    In land-scarce Singapore, the sight of one of the estimated 500 remaining Black and White Houses often conjures up memories of the colonial era in Singapore. Although a majority of these houses were built within a short span of around 25 years between 1903-1928, its uniqueness to the region and unrivalled architecture has made it an invaluable part of Singapore’s history.

  • Edmund William Barker

    E W Barker with Devan Nair at a football final in 1983 at the National Stadium

    Edmund William Barker was one of the prominent members of the ‘Old Guard’ that led Singapore from its early days of Independence. For 25 years, he served as the Minister of Law on top of other portfolios that included Home Affairs, National Development, Science and Technology, Labour, and Environment.

  • Telok Ayer: Street of Diversity

    View from Mount Walllich

    Telok Ayer Street is one of the oldest roads in Singapore and was once the coastline and the first landing point for migrants who arrived by sea. Today, reclamation projects have pushed the coastline further from Telok Ayer Street, but the place and stories have remained.

  • Shirin Fozdar

    Shirin Fozdar in 1977

    Shirin Fozdar is a pioneer women’s rights activist. She championed social issues for women in Singapore and was a key figure in the implementation of several laws and policies that benefited women in Singapore. Together with her husband, they were among the first to introduce the Baha’i Faith in Singapore.

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