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The City Hall has also been commemorated in a $1 note depicting the first National Day Parade (1966) as well as in a 1988 aerogramme.

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31 August, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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City Hall

The City Hall building is a short stroll from the Singapore River.  Designed by Municipal Architect FD Meadows, this building was completed in 1929.  At that time, it was known as the Municipality and was the home of the Municipal Commission and its offices.  It became known as City Hall in 1951 when Singapore attained the status of a city.

Over the years, City Hall has served as the setting for several important milestones in Singapore history including:

  • The Japanese surrender (1945);
  • Proclamation of self-government (1959);
  • Proclamation of independence (1965).

City Hall was also the home of Singapore’s first Mayor Ong Eng Guan between 1957 and 1959.  From the late 1980s, it also served as part of the Supreme Court of Singapore.  It was gazetted as a National Monument on 14 February 1992.

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27 August, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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Supreme Court Building

Located in St Andrew’s Road, next to the City Hall, the Supreme Court building was designed by Frank Dorrington Ward, Chief Architect of the Public Works Department and completed in 1939.

On its facade, above the tall Corinthian pillars, is a beautiful figure representing Justice created by Italian sculptor, Cavalieri Rodolfo Nolli.

A new and larger complex designed by Lord Norman Foster has been built to accommodate the growing needs of the judiciary.  It takes over the site that was formerly occupied by a building known as Colombo Court.

This grand old building, and the adjacent City Hall will be turned into an art museum.  The Supreme Court Building was gazetted as a National Monument on 14 February 1992.

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24 August, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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The Istana

The Istana was known as the Government House before Singapore attained self-government in 1959.  It was designed by the Colonial Engineer, Major John Frederick Adolphus McNair and was built mainly by Indian convicts.

The Istana (Malay word for ‘Palace’) is located at the junction of Orchard Road and Cavenagh Road. Built in 1869 as a residence for the British Governors of Singapore, the Istana is now the official residence of the President of Singapore.

The Istana grounds are open to the public on special occasions, such as Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas.  On such occasions, visitors have the opportunity to meet the President.

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20 August, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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LANDMARKS AND MONUMENTS

Singapore stamps have featured landmarks and monuments many times.  While some landmarks and monuments have graced Singapore for a long time, others are relatively recent.

Examine these two stamps of the Singapore skyline.  The Fullerton Building (right) and Clifford Pier (centre) are old landmarks while the towering skyscrapers are recent ones.

Other landmarks and monuments, old and new, which have been featured on stamps are shown in the following pages.

Hopefully, an awareness of these ‘landmark’ stamps will help to develop a greater appreciation of Singapore’s rich heritage and fascinating landmarks.

Written by victorkoo

17 August, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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Preface

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Do you remember the time when you were young and collecting stamps?  I am sure we all share memories of this.  It is no coincidence that this interest coincides with our heightened curiosity about everything around us.

Some of us keep pets – small animals whose behaviour amuse us at the same time tell us something about nature.  Others might be engrossed with computer games; man-made things that enthrall us for hours on end.

But stamps are something special.  They show us many things, from the faces of kings and queens to exotic flora and ferns as well as memorable places, people and events.

In this book, you can see stamps depicting many important buildings around us – some of which you may have passed by, but have paid scant attention to.  As you look through the colourful stamps, you will also recognise some of these historical buildings and read their background stories.

Some show modern buildings which you may have already gone into for concerts or sport events.  In due time these too, will become part of our modern history, and will be considered to be preserved monuments.  As development of our city-state is ongoing, our environment will change but with the preservation of some of the important landmarks, they will serve as reminders of what they mean to us in our collective memories.

Enjoy the colourful images on the stamps and their interesting stories.

Happy reading !

ALFRED WONG BBM
CHAIRMAN
PRESERVATION OF MONUMENTS BOARD
SINGAPORE

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13 August, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks: A Philatelic Ramble

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Victor Koo’s “5-cents worth” on this book:

Beginning 10 Aug 09 on every Monday and Thursday, we will publish one page of the book Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks:  A Philatelic Ramble on this blog.  This is a very colourful book, both literally and figuratively speaking. You see, the book is illustrated with many colourful images of our stamps. Each stamp is accompanied by a descriptive and interesting story. And this is the surprise – the stories are printed on pages of  a variety of colours!

This book was launched by Professor Tommy Koh, Chairman of National Heritage Board, at Singapore Philatelic Museum on 2 April 2007.  If you are lucky, you may still be able to purchase a copy at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) and major bookshops at S$23.65 (includes GST). But if you couldn’t get your hands on a copy, don’t fret – the book will be published in its entirety on this blog eventually.  However you need to be patient as we will only finish publishing this 96-page book at the end of June 2010. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither are our monuments and landmarks… nor the writing (or publishing) of this book. 😉

Meanwhile, you can read the introduction to this book which is reproduced from the SPM website here:

“The Preservation of Monuments Board, Singapore Heritage Society and Singapore Philatelic Museum are proud to launch the book Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks: A Philatelic Ramble. The book provides an insight into Singapore’s national monuments, historical landmarks of the past and present, through Singapore’s postage stamps and philatelic products. The book was launched by Professor Tommy Koh, Chairman of National Heritage Board, at Singapore Philatelic Museum on 2 April 2007.

Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks: A Philatelic Ramble aims to increase awareness and appreciation of Singapore’s monuments, landmarks and built heritage, that provide a vital link to Singapore’s past; many of Singapore’s landmarks are depicted on stamps. The book contains full-colour and enlarged images of the stamps with information about the significance of the landmarks, written in easy-to-read style. The book is a useful resource for adults, teachers, parents and primary school children keen to find out more about Singapore’s history, heritage and the environment.

Some of the landmarks featured in the book are British-styled colonial buildings such as The Istana, Supreme Court Building and City Hall; places of worship such as Sultan Mosque, Sri Mariamman Temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple and Armenian Church; historical areas and structures such as the Singapore River, Civic District, bridges, lighthouses and Japanese Occupation structures; modern landmarks such as Esplanade Theatres-on-the Bay and airports.

The book is a collaborative effort of three authors who have a wealth of experience in publishing books on topics of history and stamps: Professor Tan Wee Kiat, retired lecturer from the National Institute of Education; Mr Edmund W. K. Lim, teaching fellow at the National Institute of Education; and Dr Kevin Y.L. Tan, President of the Singapore Heritage Society.

Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks: A Philatelic Ramble is co-published by the Preservation of Monuments Board, Singapore Heritage Society and Singapore Philatelic Museum. It is available for purchase by members of the public at SPM and major bookshops at S$23.65 (includes GST).”

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10 August, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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