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Stamps were first introduced in Singapore in 1854. Collecting and trading stamps was a popular and inexpensive hobby which valued the variety of subject matter depicted, and revealed details about history, heritage, culture and values. This series of colourful infographics by the Singapore Memory Project features an introduction to stamp collecting and a historical timeline of postage stamps […]
In commemoration of the first year anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing, we share a memory by Salleh Sariman on his personal encounters with the late Mr Lee during the aftermath of the bombing of the MacDonald House which claimed the lives of three people and injured at least 33 others in 1965. This is his story. Although this event took […]
The streets of yesteryears are a far cry from the neat and orderly ones of today. From the household goods sellers to the daily area licence sales booths, within that chaos emerged a colourful variety of sights and sounds that remain unique to this day. The mobile ice cream man continues bringing delight, plying his trade […]
It started with news that made the family proud. Danny Chue remembers two memorable encounters from the 1970s and 1980s that had inspired him to pursue his interest in cultural and language exchange. His memories tell us how his openness contributed to new experiences and international friendships, during a time of rapid development and global learning in Singapore. The photographs here are contributed by […]
In commemoration of the first year anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing, we share a memory by Mr James Desmond Howard Neill on his personal encounters with the late Mr Lee as well as the development of events right after the end of Japanese Occupation in Singapore. The first time I saw Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), I was […]
It was a new tourist attraction that was successful from the time it opened in 1955. Attracting local and regional tourists, the Van Kleef Aquarium was the first public aquarium in Singapore that continued to be popular until competition from newer attractions such as the Underwater World in Sentosa saw its visitorship decline, and it ultimately […]