Literature

New Books on Singapore History

A quick look at four new books available in the National Library’s collection.

New reads
New books

Literature

New Books on Singapore History

A quick look at four new books available in the National Library’s collection.

New reads
New books

Literature

New Books on Singapore History

A quick look at four new books available in the National Library’s collection.

New reads
New books

nature and environment

Singapore's Stone Tools

Stone tools have been found in and around Singapore since the late 19th century. Much about them remains a mystery.

stone artefacts
stone tool
stone tool

nature and environment

Singapore's Stone Tools

Stone tools have been found in and around Singapore since the late 19th century. Much about them remains a mystery.

stone artefacts
stone tool

nature and environment

Singapore's Stone Tools

Stone tools have been found in and around Singapore since the late 19th century. Much about them remains a mystery.

stone artefacts

War

In Their Own Voices: Preparing for War in Singapore

Before the fall of Singapore in 1942, people stocked up on food, built air raid shelters and volunteered in civil defence units.

Preparing for war
Preparing for war

War

In Their Own Voices: Preparing for War in Singapore

Before the fall of Singapore in 1942, people stocked up on food, built air raid shelters and volunteered in civil defence units.

Preparing for war
Preparing for war

War

In Their Own Voices: Preparing for War in Singapore

Before the fall of Singapore in 1942, people stocked up on food, built air raid shelters and volunteered in civil defence units.

Preparing for war
Preparing for war

Film and Photography

Repairing and Restoring Singapore's Reel Heritage

The Asian Film Archive has been restoring old classics since 2014.

Film restoration
Asian Film Archive
Asian Film Archive

Film and Photography

Repairing and Restoring Singapore's Reel Heritage

The Asian Film Archive has been restoring old classics since 2014.

Film restoration
Asian Film Archive

Film and Photography

Repairing and Restoring Singapore's Reel Heritage

The Asian Film Archive has been restoring old classics since 2014.

Film restoration

Culture

The Divine Lance: Thaipusam and Murugan Worship in Singapore

Thaipusam speaks of a migratory community that carries its deep-rooted cultural tradition wherever its people go.

Carrying the kavadi
Thaipusam

Culture

The Divine Lance: Thaipusam and Murugan Worship in Singapore

Thaipusam speaks of a migratory community that carries its deep-rooted cultural tradition wherever its people go.

Carrying the kavadi
Thaipusam

Culture

The Divine Lance: Thaipusam and Murugan Worship in Singapore

Thaipusam speaks of a migratory community that carries its deep-rooted cultural tradition wherever its people go.

Carrying the kavadi
Thaipusam

Culture

Maiden Lim and Her Sisters: Taoist Folk Goddesses of S'pore

The local Taoist pantheon includes goddesses only found in Singapore, such as Lin Guniang, Lei Niangniang and Huang Guniang.

Taoist Folk Goddesses of Singapore
Zhen Long Gong
Zhen Long Gong

Culture

Maiden Lim and Her Sisters: Taoist Folk Goddesses of S'pore

The local Taoist pantheon includes goddesses only found in Singapore, such as Lin Guniang, Lei Niangniang and Huang Guniang.

Taoist Folk Goddesses of Singapore
Zhen Long Gong

Culture

Maiden Lim and Her Sisters: Taoist Folk Goddesses of S'pore

The local Taoist pantheon includes goddesses only found in Singapore, such as Lin Guniang, Lei Niangniang and Huang Guniang.

Taoist Folk Goddesses of Singapore

Places

The Origin Stories of Keramat Kusu

Pilgrimages to the keramat on Kusu Island have been going on since the mid-19th century.

More on Keramat Kusu
Kusu

Places

The Origin Stories of Keramat Kusu

Pilgrimages to the keramat on Kusu Island have been going on since the mid-19th century.

More on Keramat Kusu
Kusu

Places

The Origin Stories of Keramat Kusu

Pilgrimages to the keramat on Kusu Island have been going on since the mid-19th century.

More on Keramat Kusu
Kusu

Places

“Book City” in Two Streets: Postwar Chinese Bookstore Scene

Some Chinese bookstores in Singapore have managed to survive despite the challenges of the digital age and the decline in Chinese readers.

“Book City” in Two Streets
North Bridge Road
North Bridge Road

Places

“Book City” in Two Streets: Postwar Chinese Bookstore Scene

Some Chinese bookstores in Singapore have managed to survive despite the challenges of the digital age and the decline in Chinese readers.

“Book City” in Two Streets
North Bridge Road

Places

“Book City” in Two Streets: Postwar Chinese Bookstore Scene

Some Chinese bookstores in Singapore have managed to survive despite the challenges of the digital age and the decline in Chinese readers.

“Book City” in Two Streets

Places

两条书街,两座书城:战后新加坡华文书店景观

面对数码时代和读者流失的挑战,新加坡的华文书店逆流生存。

两条书街,两座书城
大小坡两条书街

Places

两条书街,两座书城:战后新加坡华文书店景观

面对数码时代和读者流失的挑战,新加坡的华文书店逆流生存。

两条书街,两座书城
大小坡两条书街

Places

两条书街,两座书城:战后新加坡华文书店景观

面对数码时代和读者流失的挑战,新加坡的华文书店逆流生存。

两条书街,两座书城
大小坡两条书街

Nature

A Voice for the Wild

A gentle giant with a larger than life personality, Subaraj Rajathurai helped to save Singapore’s green spaces.

A Man of Nature
Subaraj A Man of Nature
Subaraj A Man of Nature

Nature

A Voice for the Wild

A gentle giant with a larger than life personality, Subaraj Rajathurai helped to save Singapore’s green spaces.

A Man of Nature
Subaraj A Man of Nature

Nature

A Voice for the Wild

A gentle giant with a larger than life personality, Subaraj Rajathurai helped to save Singapore’s green spaces.

A Man of Nature

culture

Rituals behind Firewalking

More than just the firewalking festival, Theemithi has a cycle of rituals that involves the re-enactment of events from the Mahabharatam over several months.

Before the firewalking
firewalking Theemithi

culture

Rituals behind Firewalking

More than just the firewalking festival, Theemithi has a cycle of rituals that involves the re-enactment of events from the Mahabharatam over several months.

Before the firewalking
firewalking Theemithi

culture

Rituals behind Firewalking

More than just the firewalking festival, Theemithi has a cycle of rituals that involves the re-enactment of events from the Mahabharatam over several months.

Before the firewalking
firewalking Theemithi

war

Cold War Rivalries in Singapore in the 1940s and 1950s

In the post-World War II period, Singapore was a battleground for ideological competition between the Soviet Union and China, and the US and UK.

Cold War propaganda
Cold War
Cold War

war

Cold War Rivalries in Singapore in the 1940s and 1950s

In the post-World War II period, Singapore was a battleground for ideological competition between the Soviet Union and China, and the US and UK.

Cold War propaganda
Cold War

war

Cold War Rivalries in Singapore in the 1940s and 1950s

In the post-World War II period, Singapore was a battleground for ideological competition between the Soviet Union and China, and the US and UK.

Cold War propaganda

People

Loke Wan Tho: The Man Who Built Cathay

While best known as a giant in the movie business in Malaya, Loke Wan Tho was also passionate about bird photography and the arts

A renaissance man
Loke Wan Tho

People

Loke Wan Tho: The Man Who Built Cathay

While best known as a giant in the movie business in Malaya, Loke Wan Tho was also passionate about bird photography and the arts

A renaissance man
Loke Wan Tho

People

Loke Wan Tho: The Man Who Built Cathay

While best known as a giant in the movie business in Malaya, Loke Wan Tho was also passionate about bird photography and the arts

A renaissance man
Loke Wan Tho

places

From Sarong Island with Love

Before there was Sentosa, there was Sarong Island.

Singapore’s first tourist isle
Sarong Island Christina Lee
Sarong Island Christina Lee

places

From Sarong Island with Love

Before there was Sentosa, there was Sarong Island.

Singapore’s first tourist isle
Sarong Island Christina Lee

places

From Sarong Island with Love

Before there was Sentosa, there was Sarong Island.

Singapore’s first tourist isle

Governance

The Making of the Monetary Authority of Singapore

While the Monetary Authority of Singapore was established in 1971, it only became a full-fledged central bank some 30 years later.

singapore's Central Bank
monetary authority singapore

Governance

The Making of the Monetary Authority of Singapore

While the Monetary Authority of Singapore was established in 1971, it only became a full-fledged central bank some 30 years later.

singapore's Central Bank
monetary authority singapore

Governance

The Making of the Monetary Authority of Singapore

While the Monetary Authority of Singapore was established in 1971, it only became a full-fledged central bank some 30 years later.

singapore's Central Bank
monetary authority singapore

Governance

The Early Days of Family Planning in Singapore

Singapore’s family planning programme did not start with the “Stop at Two” policy in 1972, but goes back even earlier to 1949.

Family planning initiatives
Family planning
Family planning

Governance

The Early Days of Family Planning in Singapore

Singapore’s family planning programme did not start with the “Stop at Two” policy in 1972, but goes back even earlier to 1949.

Family planning initiatives
Family planning

Governance

The Early Days of Family Planning in Singapore

Singapore’s family planning programme did not start with the “Stop at Two” policy in 1972, but goes back even earlier to 1949.

Family planning initiatives

Places and Buildings

Union Book Stands Tall At 70

Located in Bras Basah Complex, the Chinese bookstore has played an important role in the development of the Chinese literary scene.

A Singaporean icon
Union Book

Places and Buildings

Union Book Stands Tall At 70

Located in Bras Basah Complex, the Chinese bookstore has played an important role in the development of the Chinese literary scene.

A Singaporean icon
Union Book

Places and Buildings

Union Book Stands Tall At 70

Located in Bras Basah Complex, the Chinese bookstore has played an important role in the development of the Chinese literary scene.

A Singaporean icon
Union Book

nature

Flower Power: Singapore’s Orchid Diplomacy

When Queen Elizabeth II visited Singapore in 1972, the orchid Dendrobium Elizabeth was named in her honour.

Orchids for vips and more
Orchid Diplomacy
Orchid Diplomacy

nature

Flower Power: Singapore’s Orchid Diplomacy

When Queen Elizabeth II visited Singapore in 1972, the orchid Dendrobium Elizabeth was named in her honour.

Orchids for vips and more
Orchid Diplomacy

nature

Flower Power: Singapore’s Orchid Diplomacy

When Queen Elizabeth II visited Singapore in 1972, the orchid Dendrobium Elizabeth was named in her honour.

Orchids for vips and more

War

A Royal Wedding Gone Wrong

Celebrations during a royal wedding in Tanjung Pinang in 1819 led to a terrible misunderstanding that would change the course of history in Riau and Singapore.

The 1820 Uprising
bugis uprising singapore

War

A Royal Wedding Gone Wrong

Celebrations during a royal wedding in Tanjung Pinang in 1819 led to a terrible misunderstanding that would change the course of history in Riau and Singapore.

The 1820 Uprising
bugis uprising singapore

War

A Royal Wedding Gone Wrong

Celebrations during a royal wedding in Tanjung Pinang in 1819 led to a terrible misunderstanding that would change the course of history in Riau and Singapore.

The 1820 Uprising
bugis uprising singapore

war

Red Terror

The 1970s saw communist bombings, assassination plots and covert information wars.

Communist violence and subversion
communist violence singapore
communist violence singapore

war

Red Terror

The 1970s saw communist bombings, assassination plots and covert information wars.

Communist violence and subversion
communist violence singapore

war

Red Terror

The 1970s saw communist bombings, assassination plots and covert information wars.

Communist violence and subversion

Places

Johor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

The story of how Johor ended up at the Chicago World’s Fair is an unexpected twist in Malaya’s colonial past.

Johor on the world stage
Johor 1893 Chicago World Fair

Places

Johor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

The story of how Johor ended up at the Chicago World’s Fair is an unexpected twist in Malaya’s colonial past.

Johor on the world stage
Johor 1893 Chicago World Fair

Places

Johor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

The story of how Johor ended up at the Chicago World’s Fair is an unexpected twist in Malaya’s colonial past.

Johor on the world stage
Johor 1893 Chicago World Fair

places and buildings

Key Milestones in the History of Cathay Cinema

The closing of Cathay cinema at Handy Road, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, marks the end of an era.

a historic cinema
cathay history singapore
cathay history singapore

places and buildings

Key Milestones in the History of Cathay Cinema

The closing of Cathay cinema at Handy Road, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, marks the end of an era.

a historic cinema
cathay history singapore

places and buildings

Key Milestones in the History of Cathay Cinema

The closing of Cathay cinema at Handy Road, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, marks the end of an era.

a historic cinema

Food

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants

Chinese Buddhist women set up popular vegetarian restaurants in the 1940s and '50s that met the needs of local Buddhists and also helped promote vegetarianism.

Changing the food landscape
vegetarian food buddhist nuns

Food

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants

Chinese Buddhist women set up popular vegetarian restaurants in the 1940s and '50s that met the needs of local Buddhists and also helped promote vegetarianism.

Changing the food landscape
vegetarian food buddhist nuns

Food

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants

Chinese Buddhist women set up popular vegetarian restaurants in the 1940s and '50s that met the needs of local Buddhists and also helped promote vegetarianism.

Changing the food landscape
vegetarian food buddhist nuns

war

日本占领时期的新加坡华社

The National Library's collection has items from the Chinese community relating to the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

Chinese community during WWII
japanese occupation nlb
japanese occupation nlb

war

日本占领时期的新加坡华社

The National Library's collection has items from the Chinese community relating to the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

Chinese community during WWII
japanese occupation nlb

war

日本占领时期的新加坡华社

The National Library's collection has items from the Chinese community relating to the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

Chinese community during WWII

local icons

A Great Way to Fly

Established in 1972, Singapore Airlines is known for its impeccable service standards and luxurious in-flight experiences.

The Singapore Airlines Story
singapore airlines history

local icons

A Great Way to Fly

Established in 1972, Singapore Airlines is known for its impeccable service standards and luxurious in-flight experiences.

The Singapore Airlines Story
singapore airlines history

local icons

A Great Way to Fly

Established in 1972, Singapore Airlines is known for its impeccable service standards and luxurious in-flight experiences.

The Singapore Airlines Story
singapore airlines history

Places

Manmade Tunnels and Caverns Underground in the City State

Singapore has been burrowing underground since the 19th century, but it was only after Independence that serious efforts were made to use subterranean space.

Subterranean Singapore
Subterranean Singapore
Subterranean Singapore

Places

Manmade Tunnels and Caverns Underground in the City State

Singapore has been burrowing underground since the 19th century, but it was only after Independence that serious efforts were made to use subterranean space.

Subterranean Singapore
Subterranean Singapore

Places

Manmade Tunnels and Caverns Underground in the City State

Singapore has been burrowing underground since the 19th century, but it was only after Independence that serious efforts were made to use subterranean space.

Subterranean Singapore

Places

A History of Sennett Estate

It was once Singapore’s largest planned housing development and saw action during Konfrontasi in the 1960s.

Sennett Estate
sennett estate

Places

A History of Sennett Estate

It was once Singapore’s largest planned housing development and saw action during Konfrontasi in the 1960s.

Sennett Estate
sennett estate

Places

A History of Sennett Estate

It was once Singapore’s largest planned housing development and saw action during Konfrontasi in the 1960s.

Sennett Estate
sennett estate

Photography

Japanese and Chinese Photo Studios in Prewar Singapore

Chinese and Japanese photography studios had to negotiate the politics of race, class and clan in the early 20th century.

Negotiating Boundaries
prewar photography studios
prewar photography studios

Photography

Japanese and Chinese Photo Studios in Prewar Singapore

Chinese and Japanese photography studios had to negotiate the politics of race, class and clan in the early 20th century.

Negotiating Boundaries
prewar photography studios

Photography

Japanese and Chinese Photo Studios in Prewar Singapore

Chinese and Japanese photography studios had to negotiate the politics of race, class and clan in the early 20th century.

Negotiating Boundaries

people

Giving a Voice to the Dead: Remembering Chao Tzee Cheng

As a forensic pathologist, Chao Tzee Cheng helped bring murderers to justice.

the Forensic Trail Blazer
chao tzee cheng pathology

people

Giving a Voice to the Dead: Remembering Chao Tzee Cheng

As a forensic pathologist, Chao Tzee Cheng helped bring murderers to justice.

the Forensic Trail Blazer
chao tzee cheng pathology

people

Giving a Voice to the Dead: Remembering Chao Tzee Cheng

As a forensic pathologist, Chao Tzee Cheng helped bring murderers to justice.

the Forensic Trail Blazer
chao tzee cheng pathology

Video: stories from biblioasia

Into the Night

Cabaret dancers like Rose Chan were famous. But what were their lives really like?

Beneath the Glitz and Glamour
Cabaret dancers
Cabaret dancers

Video: stories from biblioasia

Into the Night

Cabaret dancers like Rose Chan were famous. But what were their lives really like?

Beneath the Glitz and Glamour
Cabaret dancers

Video: stories from biblioasia

Into the Night

Cabaret dancers like Rose Chan were famous. But what were their lives really like?

Beneath the Glitz and Glamour

places

The Story of Singapore’s Changing Wet Markets

Wet markets have existed in Singapore since 1825. Zoe Yeo looks at how these markets have changed over time.

wet markets now and then
wet markets

places

The Story of Singapore’s Changing Wet Markets

Wet markets have existed in Singapore since 1825. Zoe Yeo looks at how these markets have changed over time.

wet markets now and then
wet markets

places

The Story of Singapore’s Changing Wet Markets

Wet markets have existed in Singapore since 1825. Zoe Yeo looks at how these markets have changed over time.

wet markets now and then
wet markets

Video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Poet and the Night Train

He writes Singapore’s first book-length poem, then vanishes from history. Discover how the mystery of the missing poet was solved.

Singapore's forgotten poet
Francis P. Ng
Francis P. Ng

Video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Poet and the Night Train

He writes Singapore’s first book-length poem, then vanishes from history. Discover how the mystery of the missing poet was solved.

Singapore's forgotten poet
Francis P. Ng

Video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Poet and the Night Train

He writes Singapore’s first book-length poem, then vanishes from history. Discover how the mystery of the missing poet was solved.

Singapore's forgotten poet

video: From Book to Cook

A cooking show that dishes out history from old recipes

What does a 1969 Chinese recipe for noodles have to do with a murukku press?

Singapore’s old recipes
Singapore’s old recipes

video: From Book to Cook

A cooking show that dishes out history from old recipes

What does a 1969 Chinese recipe for noodles have to do with a murukku press?

Singapore’s old recipes
Singapore’s old recipes

video: From Book to Cook

A cooking show that dishes out history from old recipes

What does a 1969 Chinese recipe for noodles have to do with a murukku press?

Singapore’s old recipes
Singapore’s old recipes

People

Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

The Alhambra and Marlborough theatres were famous landmarks in pre-war Singapore. Barbara Quek looks at these cinemas, and the man behind the curtain.

Tan and his theatre empire
Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee
Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

People

Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

The Alhambra and Marlborough theatres were famous landmarks in pre-war Singapore. Barbara Quek looks at these cinemas, and the man behind the curtain.

Tan and his theatre empire
Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

People

Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

The Alhambra and Marlborough theatres were famous landmarks in pre-war Singapore. Barbara Quek looks at these cinemas, and the man behind the curtain.

Tan and his theatre empire

war

My Grandfather Was a Rōmusha

During World War II, forced civilian labourers known as rōmusha were used by the Imperial Japanese Army for hard labour.

The builders of Death Railway
romusha death railway

war

My Grandfather Was a Rōmusha

During World War II, forced civilian labourers known as rōmusha were used by the Imperial Japanese Army for hard labour.

The builders of Death Railway
romusha death railway

war

My Grandfather Was a Rōmusha

During World War II, forced civilian labourers known as rōmusha were used by the Imperial Japanese Army for hard labour.

The builders of Death Railway
romusha death railway