There Was A Time: Singapore from Self-Rule to Independence 1959-1965

Publisher: Landmark Books

Introduction by Lee Geok Boi

This collection of 328 photographs shows the rhythm of daily life in Singapore between 1959 and 1965 – the pivotal time in its history when the city-state was granted internal self-rule by the British colonial government to the year it became a sovereign nation.

This was when Singapore began its process of great development. Kampong folk moved into high-rise housing, new careers came with factories built in Jurong, the trading of stocks and shares began in Raffles Place, television was introduced to Singapore, and the new red-brick National Library opened on Stamford Road.

Yet, some things remained unchanged. Bumboats still jostled on the fetid waters of the Singapore River, children played on five-foot-ways, families enjoyed the sea air along Queen Elizabeth Walk, and eating out at street-side hawker stalls was a way of life.

For those who remember these scenes, this book will evoke a lost time. And for those who do not, it is a window to a simpler, unhurried life.

ISBN: 9789811467950
Cover Type: Softcover
Page Count: 288
Year Published: 2020
Language: English

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