History of Singapore in 10 objects

History of Singapore in 10 objects

SINGAPORE - Last month, SundayLife! listed 50 objects which told the history of Singapore.

The items, from the earliest photo of Singapore taken in 1844 to the EZ-Link card introduced in 2002, were chosen after the newspaper spoke to museum curators, combed through archives and dug through personal collections.

After the article was published, the newspaper received more than 50 responses from readers giving suggestions on objects which they feel best represent Singapore.

Readers sent pictures of old coins and notes, telephone cards and bus guides. Others offered personal artefacts including a medal awarded by the former Singapore Fire Brigade to a firefighter and a 1950s birth certificate from KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

Given the national obsession with food, there were many food suggestions, including roasted chestnuts, keropok (crackers) and bak kut teh. Some enthusiastic readers came up with their own lists of between 20 and 50 objects. Many suggestions included places such as Marina Bay Sands, the former Queenstown Cinema and Singapore Botanic Gardens, which were not objects.

Here are 10 objects chosen by our readers.

cherylw@sph.com.sg

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