Havelock Road

Havelock Road


Havelock Road is a street located in the Central Region. The road stretch starts where Kim Seng runs into Outram Road, goes down along and almost parallel to the Singapore River and runs till Eu Tong Sen Street. It was named after Major-General Sir Henry Havelock (b. 5 April, 1795, Sunderland, England - d. 24 November, 1857), one of the commanders and heroes of the 1857 Indian Mutiny. On 8 March 1858, the road from the stone bridge over Dalhousie Canal to the Police Station on the River Valley Road was officially called Havelock Road.

Historically, Chinese Fujians lived in the Havelock area. The 1886 Chinese Protectorate Building was eventually demolished and on this site stood the Department of Social Welfare building (1923-1954 ) which later became the Ministry of Labour and Law Building in 1955. The Ministry of Labour now stands on grounds on the opposite side of Havelock Road, with the Subordinate Courts very nearby. There are 5 hotels within close proximity to each other -Miramar, King's, Apollo, Concorde Hotel and River View Hotel.

Variant Names
Chinese names:
(1) In Hokkien, kong chioh-a meaning "stone-breaking" or kong chioh koi meaning "break-stone street". Stones for paving the roads used to be broken near the Police Station located here.
(2) Another Hokkien name, hong lim pa-sat means "Hong Lim Market", referring to the part near the Police Station where Mr Cheang Hong Lim built a market years ago.
(3) Also in Hokkien, chiu-long lai, and in Cantonese, chau-long noi, which means "within the spirit-depot district".
(4) In Hokkien, chiu long lo which means "spirits-shed street" as arrack or "moonshine" was concocted here.
(5) In Cantonese, Pak-khi-lin chik kai which means "Pickering Strait street" or the street in the same line as the Chinese Protectorate.
Indian name: In Tamil, masak arak sadakku means "arrack distilling street".
Malay name: Jalan masak arak  means  "arrack distilling street".

Vernon Cornelius

Buckley, C. B. (1984). An anecdotal history of old times in Singapore: 1819-1867 (pp. 656, 667). Singapore: Oxford University Press.
(Call no.: RSING 959.57 BUC)

Samuel, D. S. (1939). Malayan street names: What they mean and whom they commemorate (pp. 108, 124). Ipoh: Mercantile Press.
(Call no.: RSING 959.5 RAJ)

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