Minden Road


Minden Road connects Harding Road and Napier Road.1 Once a nutmeg estate, Minden Road is now home to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and St George’s Church,2 while several high commissions and embassies are also located in the vicinity.

History
Until 1860, Minden Road was part of what was known as Mount Harriet, a nutmeg estate. The nutmeg estate was owned by Colonial Treasurer William Willans and businessman Hoo Ah Kay (also known as Whampoa).3 The estate was purchased for 25,000 Spanish dollars by the British authorities in 1860 for military use, and henceforth Minden Road became part of the British Military Area (BMA) of Tanglin.4 BMA Tanglin included the areas around Holland Road, Napier Road, Cluny Road, Harding Road, Ridout Road, Ridley Park, Firestone Park and Tanglin Road.5 Tanglin Barracks was completed in 1862.6


From 1872 onwards, it housed its first full battalion, the 80th Regiment of Foot (Staffordshire Volunteers). It later served as the general headquarters of the British Far East Land Forces. Being a part of a BMA, residential quarters were also built to house British families.7

In post-independence Singapore, the area came to be more popularly known as Tanglin Camp and housed the Ministry of Defence until the latter moved to Bukit Gombak in 1989.8

Description
Today, Minden Road is home to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,9 which shifted into the main building of the 33-hectare Tanglin Camp in the late 1990s after redevelopment.10 St George’s Church, which began as a garrison church, is still located there.11 Tanglin Golf Course was also located on Minden Road before its closure in 2013.12 Some landmarks nearby include the Australian High Commission, British High Commission, Embassy of the United States of America, Gleneagles Hospital and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.13



Author

Naidu Ratnala Thulaja



References
1. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 498. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
2. Samuel, D. (2010). Singapore’s heritage: Through places of historical interest. Singapore: Elixir Consultancy Service, p. 281 (Call no.: RSING 959.57 SAM-[HIS]); Goh, J. (1992, November 27). 22 monuments to get identifying plaques from today. The Straits Times, p. 33. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore toponymics: A study of Singapore street names. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 257. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA]); Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who’s Who Publications, p. 23. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[HIS])
4. Lee, E. (1990). Historic buildings of Singapore. Singapore: Preservation of Monuments Board, p. 16. (Call no.: RSING 720.95957 LEE); Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who’s Who Publications, p. 23. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[HIS])
5. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 498. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA]); Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who's Who Publications, p. 23. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[HIS])
6. Retrospect for 1861. (1862, February 7). The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1835–1869), p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7. Dempsey Hill. (2014). History: Introduction, 1861. Retrieved 2017, 17 February from Demsey Hill website: http://www.dempseyhill.com/history.html#/heritage/1861; Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore toponymics: A study of Singapore street names. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 257. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA]); Samuel, D. (2010). Singapore’s heritage: Through places of historical interest. Singapore: Elixir Consultancy Service, p. 309 (Call no.: RSING 959.57 SAM-[HIS])
8. Samuel, D. (2010). Singapore’s heritage: Through places of historical interest. Singapore: Elixir Consultancy Service, p. 309. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 SAM-[HIS]); From colonial-style home in Tanglin to ultra-modern complex in Bt Gombak. (1989, April 9). The Straits Times, p. 12. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
9. Foreign Ministry to move to Mindef site in Tanglin. (1989, February 25). The Straits Times, p. 23; Tanglin Camp being redeveloped. (1998, January 3). The Straits Times, p. 36. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
10. Samuel, D. (2010). Singapore’s heritage: Through places of historical interest. Singapore: Elixir Consultancy Service, p. 309. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 SAM-[HIS]); Tanglin Camp being redeveloped. (1998, January 3). The Straits Times, p. 36. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. Samuel, D. (2010). Singapore’s heritage: Through places of historical interest. Singapore: Elixir Consultancy Service, pp. 281, 308–309. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 SAM-[HIS])
12. My Golf Kaki. (n.d.). Closure of Tanglin Golf Course. Retrieved 2016, December 20 from My Golf Kaki website: http://www.mygolfkaki.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?ItemID=148
13. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 498. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA]); Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who’s Who Publications, p. 23. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[HIS])



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