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Kranji pool169 viewsKranji pool. The building behind was popularly known as "Rose Cottage!" Young female skeletons were discovered under it dating from the Japanese occupation. Our bungalow was down the hill behind this building.
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168 viewsAt Sue's kampong, Yew Tee village with our neighbour's children, the Bowens.
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Muniandi festival 1970 on the Kranji base.165 views
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Our Amah's kampong.162 viewsOur Amah's kampong. I think it was Yew Tee village outside the main Kranji gates. She used to invite us for a meal there and her husband cooked us chinese food.
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Kranji pool 1970/1162 views
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D diving in Kranji pool.160 views
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Me refusing to have my photo taken159 viewsMe refusing to have my photo taken lying on one of the poolside rattan chairs. The Kranji pool was just a short walk up the hill from our bungalow. We spent a lot of our time here. Once I was bitten on the face by a piedog and another time I got some glass embedded in my foot. Each time I was driven to the local medical centre in a dustcart!
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Mum, d and i , Kranji pool.159 views
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Kranji swimming pool, Rose Cottage in background.150 views
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Mum looking down on old china town, Singapore.150 views
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Aerial view of RNWS Kranji circa 1971149 viewsAerial view of RNWS Kranji circa 1971. The large building closest to the shot was the PMO's "bungalow". Beyond it are the tennis courts and the swimming pool which you can just see surrounded by seats and umbrellas. The large aerial is the microwave aerial. In front of it is a barracks. A similar one off shot was converted to an Australian social club and called "the Geoff Childs Club!" after my Dad!
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An aerial shot of RNWS Kranji - This is taken from a northerly direction looking south.148 viewsThis is taken from a northerly direction looking south. It shows the old aerial field which my father believes was built originally as an oil container field before the war. In 1941 the oil containers were all set on fire during the Japanese invasion. The aerials are radio aerials that served WRNS Kranji. The straight road visible left was "Woodlands Road" which ran along the railway line. In between is the monsoon drain.2/3rds up the road is the entrance to the level crossing where there was the hut which was lived in by the keeper. The village to the left of the railway line was Yew Tee village, where my amah lived in a kampong.

The bungalow visible bottom left was lived in (1970-2) by Cdr Baller. The roof visible next to it is of bungalow 7 where we lived for the first 2 months of our time in Singapore before moving up the hill to the base which can be seen top right of the picture. the tall microwave aerial is visible in front of the white cliffs of the quarry on the horizon.

My father remembers the wealthy labour contractor Koonho who had the grass cutting contract for all the naval bases. This huge aerial field had approximately 100-200 men working in lines with long-handled scythes trying to keep the vegetation down.
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