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The Singapore River

Water is essential to life and life around a river marks the beginning of a community.  For Singapore, the river was the Singapore River.  This landmark river features prominently in many stamps.  Among the landmarks and monuments shown on our stamps, the Singapore River has been featured the most times.

The Singapore River was a hive of activity for cargo-laden barges for more than a century.  Today this river is now a placid waterway for tourist boats.

In June 2000 a special set of stamps entitled ‘Singapore River: Reflecting on a Century’ was issued (see next page spread).

The earliest stamp of the Singapore River appeared in 1955.  The picture of Queen Elizabeth II on the $2 stamp shows that Singapore, and Malaya (now known as West Malaysia), was still under British control at that time.

Among the Singapore River stamps shown here are scenes of river life (next page) painted by three famous artists; Georgette Chen (top right), Poh Siew Wah (bottom left) and Lee Boon Wang (bottom right).

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Written by victorkoo

28 January, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Posted in Philatelic Book

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