McNair Road



McNair Road is a short stretch of road that lies adjacent to Towner Road, and is accessible via Balestier Road and Serangoon Road. It was named after Major John Federick Adolphus McNair (1828–1910),1 the first Colonial Engineer of Singapore.2

McNair was responsible for supervising the construction of the Government House (now known as the Istana),3 the original part of the Empress Place Building4 and was also involved in the building of the St Andrew’s Cathedral.5

In addition, he was a pioneer in prison management in Singapore.6 He also served as a Comptroller of Convicts between 1857 and 18777 and wrote a book Prisoners Their Own Warders in 1899.8 Outram Prison, which was established on 6 February 1847, was further extended in 1879 with design inputs by McNair.9 It remained Singapore’s largest prison facility until 1936, when Changi Prison was built.10



Author
Makeswary Periasamy



References
1. Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who’s Who Publishing, p. 252. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[HIS])
2. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, p. 282. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
3. National Heritage Board and Archipelago Press. (2002). Singapore’s 100 historic places. Singapore: Archipelago Press, p. 32. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 SIN-[HIS])
4. National Heritage Board and Archipelago Press. (2002). Singapore’s 100 historic places. Singapore: Archipelago Press, pp. 32, 24–25. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 SIN-[HIS])
5. Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who’s Who Publishing, p. 252. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[HIS])
6. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, p. 282. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
7. Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who’s Who Publishing, p. 208. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[HIS])
8. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, p. 282. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
9. National Heritage Board and Archipelago Press. (2002). Singapore’s 100 historic places. Singapore: Archipelago Press, p. 85. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 SIN-[HIS])
10. National Heritage Board and Archipelago Press. (2002). Singapore’s 100 historic places. Singapore: Archipelago Press, p. 85. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 SIN-[HIS])



The information in this article is valid as at 2002 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

 

Subject
Street names--Singapore
History>>Asia>>Southeast Asia>>Singapore
Streets and Places
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