Short Street


Short Street begins at the junction where it meets Middle Road, Selegie Road and Wilkie Road.1 It connects Selegie Road to Rochor Canal Road.2 Although some suggest that the road might be named after Septimus Short, who spoke on public issues related to railways and docks,3 others posit that it was named thus because the road was short.4 Buildings that line this street include the David Elias Building, Tamil Methodist Church and Golden Wall Centre.

Key features
The David Elias Building, completed in 1928,5 is a Jewish landmark situated at the corner of Short Street and Middle Road.6 The Tamil Methodist Church was built in 1926 to serve the religious needs of the south Indian Methodists.7 Between Short Street and Prinsep Street is McNally Street where the Lasalle College of the Arts building stands.8 Golden Wall Centre, a commercial property, is located at the junction of Short Street and Rochor Canal Road.9

Cantonments used to be located in the vicinity of Short Street.10 The second campus of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts second campus was also situated on Short Street11 until its move to Bencoolen Street.12

Variant names
Hokkien: tek kha so si tek hang, meaning “short lane in tek kha”.13 So si tek means “short” and tek kha refers to the Selegie Road area.14




Author

Naidu Ratnala Thulaja



References
1. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 345. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
2. OneMap. (n.d.). Retrieved 2016, June 28 from OneMap website: https://www.onemap.sg/index.html
3. Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who’s Who Pub., p. 280. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[TRA])
4. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 345. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
5. Little bits of history. (1992, November 5). The Straits Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
6. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 261. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
7. New Methodist Church. (1926, January 11). The Straits Times, p. 10. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8. Ho, A. L. (2007, July 14). New road named Lasalle’s late founder. The Straits Times, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
9. OneMap. (n.d.). Retrieved 2016, June 28 from OneMap website: https://www.onemap.sg/index.html
10. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 345. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
11. Nafa still looking for permanent home. (1996, September 19). The Straits Times, p. 41. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
12. Chow, C. (2005, March 5). Home at last for Nafa. The Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
13. Firmstone, H. W. (1905, February). Chinese names of streets and places in Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. Journal of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 42, 128. (Call no.: RQUIK 959.5 JMBRAS)
14. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 345. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])



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Street names--Singapore
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