Parsi Road



Parsi Road connects Anson Road and Shenton Way.1 The road, a part of the Central Business District, is associated with the early Parsi community, which began forming in Singapore from as early as the mid-19th century. The first Parsi was a convict brought to Singapore in 1819 when Singapore was still a penal colony. There were reportedly six Parsis in Singapore in 1900.2 The road is closely associated with Palmer Road, where the Parsis’ first local cemetery was located.3 The Parsi Cemetery, which existed from 1848 to 1934, had about 30 graves.4

History
The Parsis, a small community of merchants who follow the religion Zoroastrianism began to grow in Singapore from the mid-19th century. The earliest known Parsi in Singapore was a convict named Muncherjee, who arrived in 1819.5 An enterprising group of people, the Parsis in Singapore included Cursetjee Framjee, the founder and partner of John Little & Company,6 and Navroji Mistri, who established the Phoenix Aerated Water Works7 and donated $950,000 to the General Hospital (later renamed Singapore General Hospital) for a new building, the Mistri Wing, for sick children.8 In 1864, Byramjee Hormusjee Cama, a Parsi, started a school in Tanjong Pagar.9 Some roads have also been named in honour of a few Parsis who were philanthropists and contributed to the economic prosperity of Singapore. Parsi Road was officially named in 1954.10 Parsi Road runs parallel to a part of Palmer Road and is linked to Palmer Road by Mistri Road.11 The Parsi Cemetery used to be located on Palmer Road, and was later moved to Choa Chu Kang.12


Description
Anson Centre, located at the junction of Anson Road and Parsi Road, is a commercial-cum-residential complex built in 1971.13 Flanked by Prince Edward Road and Parsi Road, Springleaf Tower is a 37-storey office-cum-service apartment complex completed in 2002.14 The site of the tower was previously occupied by a Shell kiosk.15 The MAS Building, which houses the Monetary Authority of Singapore, is located at the junction of Prince Edward Road and Shenton Way, with its back facing Parsi Road.16 Built in 1985, the MAS Building features louvered facades terminating in the cantilevered cornices of the top three floors.17




Author

Naidu Ratnala Thulaja



References
1. Section of Anson Road to be made one-way. (1979, February 10). The Straits Times, p. 12; Tan, B. H. (1989, April 5). The pioneers of Tanjong Pagar. The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
2. Singapore minority groups. (1986, August 24). The Straits Times, p. 12. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Chacha, P. B. The history of Parsis in Singapore. In G. Pillai and K. Kesavapany (Eds.), (2016). 50 years of Indian community in Singapore. Singapore; Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, p. 121. (Call no.: RSING 305.89141105957 FIF)
3. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 469. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA]); Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 288. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA]); Ng, T. Y. (2005, August 18). No vultures, no mountains, no sky burial. The New Paper, p. 7. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Parsee Lodge Cemetery Singapore. (1957, June 14). The Straits Times, p. 12. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. Singapore minority groups. (1986, August 24). The Straits Times, p. 12; Sharp, I. (1979, March 21). An ancient but living faith striving to look ahead. The Straits Times, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
[6. Seto, N-W. (2003, September 22). Small community, big Parsi ‘family’. The New Paper, p. 8. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7. Aerated waters. (1925, July 6). The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8. Lady Black opens hospital wing. (1955, October 15). The Straits Times, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
9. Annual retrospect, 1864. (1865, January 12). The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1835–1869), p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
10. The dining Parsis. (1955, January 30). The Straits Times, p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. Mighty minds street directory. (2015). Singapore: Angel Publishing Pte Ltd, [map 132D]. (Call no.: RSING q912.5957 MMSD-[DIR])
12. Edwards, N. & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 469. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
13. Edwards, N. & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: a guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 468. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
14. Chan, F. (2004, June 12). Property Midas who lost his touch. The Straits Times, p. 12; Rashiwala, K. (2002, October 15). Ban Hin Leong’s space may go under receivership by UOB. The Business Times, p. 9; How it all started... (2004, June 12). The Straits Times, p. 12. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
15. Chan, F. (2004, June 12). Property Midas who lost his touch. The Straits Times, p. 12. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
16. Mighty minds street directory. (2015). Singapore: Angel Publishing Pte Ltd, [map 132D]. (Call no.: RSING q912.5957 MMSD-[DIR])
17. Edwards, N. & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 470. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])



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