Memories of Singapore

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181 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.179 views
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Kranji pool177 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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Kranji pool 1970/1172 views
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Mum, d and i , Kranji pool.169 views
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Our Amah's kampong.167 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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D diving in Kranji pool.166 views
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Me refusing to have my photo taken164 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 looking down on old china town, Singapore.159 views
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An aerial shot of RNWS Kranji - taken from a southerly direction158 viewsThis is taken from a southerly direction, showing WRNS Kranji with the aerial field behind and the Jurong Straits on the horizon. To the right of the aerial field is the straight "Woodlands Road", then the railway and Yew Tee Village. My father thinks the road rising north from Yew Tee was the Bukit Timah Road.
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Kranji swimming pool, Rose Cottage in background.158 views
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An aerial shot of RNWS Kranji - This is taken from a northerly direction looking south.157 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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