Raffles Institution

Raffles InstitutionRaffles Institution is one of the oldest schools in Singapore, with a history that stretches back to 1819 when Stamford Raffles proposed the establishment of a premier learning institution. The foundation stone of the building was laid on 5 June 1823, marking the official founding of the institution. The school was renamed Raffles Institution sometime in 1868, presumably after the founder of Singapore and the school. The institution was originally located at Bras Basah and moved twice – first to Grange Road, then to Bishan, where it currently ...

Hijacking of Singapore Airlines flight SQ 117

Singapore Airlines flight SQ 117 was hijacked on 26 March 1991 shortly after it took off from Kuala Lumpur. The hijackers were four passengers who claimed to be members of the Pakistan People’s Party. The plane landed at Changi Airport ...

First air raid on Singapore

The first air raid on Singapore was carried out by 17 Japanese planes from the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force, launched from Japanese-occupied Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam. It took place shortly after 4 am on ...

Molly, the Mobile Library

Molly, the Mobile Library, affectionately known as Molly, is a mobile library bus operated by the National Library Board (NLB). The service began in 1960 under the NLB’s predecessor, the National Library, and was relaunched as Molly ...

Zhu Xu

Zhu Xu (朱绪) (b. 15 November 1909, Quanzhou, Fujian, China–d. 19 December 2007, Singapore), real name Choo Kui Chao (朱季灶), was a pioneering figure in the history of Singapore theatre. A renowned playwright and director, Zhu played an ...

Lee Yong Kiat

Lee Yong Kiat (Prof) (b. 8 October 1928, Singapore–d. 22 April 2013, Singapore) was a pioneering physician and medical administrator. He was the medical superintendent at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and then at Kandang Kerbau Hospital ...

Lady Yuen-Peng McNeice

Lady Yuen-Peng McNeice (also known as Lady Percy McNeice), née Loke Yuen Peng (b. 1917, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya–d. 3 June 2012, Singapore), was a nature conservationist, avid photographer, social worker and philanthropist. Born the daughter ...

Trishaws

TrishawsA trishaw (also known as a cycle-rickshaw or pedicab) is a bicycle with a sidecar, powered entirely by the cyclist. The trishaw was a popular mode of public transportation ...

National Junior College

National Junior College (NJC) was opened in 1969 as Singapore’s first junior college. It moved to its current location on Hillcrest Road in July 1995. Originally situated at Linden Drive, NJC is the first specialised government school ...

Li Rulin

Li Rulin (李汝琳; b. 5 July 1914, Qinyang, Henan, China–d. 17 March 1991, Singapore), real name Lee Hung Pen (李宏贲), was one of Singapore’s Chinese literary pioneers. During his lifetime, Li also published under a number of other pseudonyms, ...

Song Ong Siang

Song Ong Siang (b. 14 June 1871, Singapore–d. 29 September 1941, Singapore) was a prominent member of the Straits Chinese community in Singapore and the first Chinese in Malaya to be knighted by the British.1 He distinguished himself ...