WWII comes to Singapore

WWII comes to Singapore

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 in Events | No Comments

75 years ago on this date, shortly after 4am, people living in Singapore had their first experience of aerial bombings. Japanese naval bombers and Zero fighter planes bombed the town area, hitting Chinatown and Raffles Place, as well as the airfields at Seletar and Tengah. This was the first time that civilians living in Singapore experienced war […]

The Bukit Brown Cemetery Burial Registers 1922 – 1972

The Bukit Brown Cemetery Burial Registers 1922 – 1972

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 in Finding Aids | No Comments

This is a post contributed by a private researcher, Ms Khoo Ee Hoon, who shares her knowledge about the Bukit Brown Burial Registers which she has been consulting for her private genealogical research.

Majulah Singapura – Composing a National Anthem

Majulah Singapura – Composing a National Anthem

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 in On the Record | No Comments

Majulah Singapura, meaning “Onward Singapore” was originally composed as a song for Singapore’s City Council in 1958 to commemorate the reopening of Victoria Theatre after a major restoration. We trace the origins of Singapore’s national anthem in this article.

Centrepoint Kids

Centrepoint Kids

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 in Special Project - irememberOrchard | No Comments

Centrepoint, a shopping centre along Orchard Road, used to worry parents of angst-ridden teenagers, especially when its name was used in conjunction with ‘kids’. The terms ‘Centrepoint kids’, ‘Daimaru kids’, ‘Far East kids’ were bandied about in newspapers and television features during the mid-1980s, describing teenagers who turned up by the hundreds at these complexes

Personal records of war and Occupation

Personal records of war and Occupation

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 in On the Record | No Comments

In conjunction with the upcoming revamp of Memories at Old Ford Factory, which houses an exhibition gallery examining life under the Japanese Occupation, the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) is conducting a public call for archives. This post takes a look at a selection of our private records from the Japanese Occupation period. [T]he Japanese […]

Orchard Theatre

Orchard Theatre

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 in Special Project - irememberOrchard | No Comments

Despite a fateful 1964 air crash in Taiwan leading to the deaths of Cathay Organisation’s chairman, its chief executive and one of its noted film directors and producers,[1] Cathay continued strong and even opened a second cinema in the heart of Orchard Road. In 1965, Cathay Organisation opened the $6 million dollar Orchard Theatre