Stories

Filter

110 results found.

  • The Acrobatic Cycling Troupe, Kong Chow Wui Koon (冈州会馆飞车队)

    The Acrobatic Cycling Troupe, Kong Chow Wui Koon (冈州会馆飞车队)

    The Kong Chow Clan Acrobatic Cycling Troupe was formed in 1957 and was well known for their acrobatic cycling stunts and performances.

  • Playgrounds of the Past

    Playground at Hong Lim Park 1960s

    As Singapore progressed through the nation building years, the public housing landscape underwent a complex transformation. The former Singapore Improvement Trust’s low-rise 4-storey housing blocks gave way to the Housing and Development Board’s modern 30 to 40-storey high clusters; common play areas in the estates evolved, as playgrounds went from simple swings and see-saws in sandy pits to thematic plastic play sets on rubberised mats.

  • Johnston's and Clifford Pier

    1973 Upgrade to Clifford Pier and Change Alley

    Named after Alexander Laurie Johnston, one of Singapore’s earliest European settlers, Johnston’s Pier was also affectionately known as Lampu Merah (Malay) or Ang Teng (Hokkien), which means “Red Lamp”. This was in reference to the red lantern hung at the end of the pier that served as a warning for incoming sea-faring vessels. Johnston’s Pier was the predecessor to what most people would recognise as Clifford Pier today.

  • First National Day Parade in Singapore

    March Past by Chinese Cultural Group

    Although nation-wide celebrations marking Singapore’s self-governance began from as early as 1960, 9 August 1966 remains the historic day that Singapore held her first National Day Parade as an independent nation. The theme for the first National Day Parade was “National Pride and Confidence in the Future”.

  • Green Bus Company

    A close-up of one of the buses owned and operated by Green Bus Company. Photograph courtesy of Patrick Ong

    The Green Bus Company was formerly known as Rochor Bus Co. and established in 1935 by Ong Kim Hock’s brothers and other partners with a fleet of about 35 buses.

  • Opening of the National Stadium

    Singapore Youth Festival Opening Ceremony 1988

    The old National Stadium, or the Grand Old Dame of Kallang, as it was affectionately called, was a site that brought and saw Singaporeans from all walks of life gather in unity to cheer their hearts out. It was a place where students proudly bore their school colours, where local heroes were born and where national records were broken.

  • MacDonald House Bombing

    MacDonald House bombing

    The MacDonald House bombing was the worse of the 42 bombings that occurred in Singapore during the period of Indonesian Confrontation or Konfrontasi (1963-1966), an era that arose as a result of Indonesia’s opposition to Singapore’s merger with Malaya.

  • Beginnings of the Singapore Improvement Trust and Tiong Bahru Estate

    Singapore Improvement Trust flats dating to 1950s

    Established in 1920 following recommendations of a housing commission set up to review living conditions of the overcrowded central area of Singapore, the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) grew out of an idea first mooted more than a decade earlier in an editorial of The Singapore Free Press. SIT's first major housing project was Kampong Tiong Bahru.

  • Implementation of National Service

    Old Temasek Green Cotton Drill Uniform

    Whether it was scaling the treacherous Peng Kang Hill in Jurong, being part of the pioneer batches trained by the Israeli Army, or simply taking the ferry from Tanah Merah to Pulau Tekong, the memories of National Service still resonate very much in the minds of the 900,000 male citizens who have completed their National Service duty ever since it was introduced under the National Service (Amendment) Bill in 1967.

  • Lee Kuan Yew

    Lee Kuan Yew at PAP's meeting at Victoria Memorail Hall

    Lee Kuan Yew is widely regarded as the founder of modern Singapore, serving as the nation’s Prime Minister for 31 years from 1959 to 1990. A well-respected leader in the global community, Lee introduced pioneering policies that transformed Singapore into a modern metropolis.

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. ...
  4. 7
  5. 8
  6. 9
  7. 10
  8. 11