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  • Letter Writer - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Letter Writer - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Back when long-distance phone calls were a rare luxury, handwritten letters were the only affordable means of communication between families separated by oceans. Few immigrants could read or write then, so they turned to individuals such as Mr. Thangaraju s/o Singaram to help them craft messages to relatives back home.

  • Poultry Farmer - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Poultry Farmer - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    He foresaw the importance of farming in the 1950s and when farmers were still reliant on traditional methods of farming, he pushed to modernise farming.

  • Poster Painter - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Movie Poster Painter - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    He turned his skill to commercial art jobs just as the movie poster painting industry was declining.

  • Samsui Woman - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Samsui - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Samsui women were so-called as the movement originated from the county of Sanshui (Samsui in Cantonese) in Guangdong Province, where women dominated the workforce during a silk industry boom in the mid-19th century. Wearing a distinctive red headscarf or hong toujin (红头巾), the Samsui women were a sisterhood of mainly Cantonese or Hakka women who took a vow of chastity and supported themselves through manual labour.

  • Goldsmith - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Goldsmith - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    He saw the potential of the goldsmith trade and decided to train to become a goldsmith. He worked hard and saved up to start his own goldsmith shop, Indian Jewellers.

  • World War II

    Japanese Troops landing in Singapore

    World War II in Singapore began on 8 December 1941, when Japanese planes dropped the first bombs on the island, killing 61 and injuring 133 people. Sensing the nation’s vulnerability and lack of defence preparations by the British, Japanese Troops began their invasion from the north in Malaya and eventually reached the shores of Singapore on 8 February 1942.

  • Roosters of the National Collection

    red jungle fowl

    Whether it’s a pair of delicate traditional slippers or a vessel from the 15th Century, the National Collection has many special artefacts that feature this year’s zodiac animal - the Rooster. Let's take a closer look at some of these pieces.

  • Ahmad Ibrahim

    Installation of Yang di-Pertuan Negara Yusof Ishak

    Ahmad Ibrahim is one of Singapore’s most prolific legal experts and public service leaders. He actively contributed to the Muslim community and drafted the Administration of Muslim Law Act, which led to the setting up of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura), the Registry of Muslim Marriages, and the administration of institutions like madrasahs and mosques.

  • Chinese Middle Schools Protests

    Chinese Middle Schools Protests

    What started as the government's move to curb the rise of communism in Singapore, triggered what would be known as one of the worst riots in the history of the nation.

  • G Sarangapany

    G. Sarangapany

    Well known as a leader of the Tamil community and founder of the Tamil Murasu newspaper, G. Sarangapany was a monumental man of great influence and respect. His leadership and vision precipitated positive change for many since the 1930s.

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