Minden Road


Minden Road connects Harding Road and Napier Road. The road was named in commemoration of the battle of the Malborough's wars. Once a nutmeg estate, Minden Road is now home to the Tanglin Golf Course, St. George's Church and several high commissions and embassies.

Minden Road was a part of what was known as Mount Harriet, a nutmeg estate until 1860. The nutmeg estate was owned by Colonial Treasurer William Willans and Whampoa Hoo Ah Kay. The area was purchased by the British authorities in 1860 for military use for 25,000 Spanish dollars and Minden Road became a part of the British Military Area (BMA) of Tanglin. BMA Tanglin included the area around Holland Road, Napier Road, Cluny Road, Harding Road, Ridout Road, Ridley Park, Firestone Park and Tanglin Road as well. From 1872 onwards, BMA Tanglin was used to house the Tanglin Barracks, the General Headquarters of the Far East British Forces. Being a part of a British Military Area, residential quarters were also built to home British families. In post-independence Singapore, the area came to be known more popularly as Tanglin Camp and was used to house the Defence Ministry until it moved to Bukit Gombak in 1988. Then, Minden Road would connect the Ministry of Defence headquarters to the Defence Ministry Complex. In the late 1990s, the area was redeveloped with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs moved into the main building of the 33 ha Tanglin Camp after the redevelopment.

Minden Road is today home to the Tanglin Golf Course which includes the Tanglin Sports Complex, Tanglin Tennis Centre, St. George's Church which began as a garrison church, the Australian High Commission, British High Commission, Embassy of the United States of America, Gleneagles Hospital, the Singapore Botanical Gardens, Tanglin Police Station and a few other institutions are within the vicinity of this Road.

Naidu Ratnala Thulaja

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Further Readings
Golf-asia.com. (1999-2000). The Royal Tanglin Golf Course. Retrieved on April 11, 2003, from golf-asia.com/sin/tanglin.html

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