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Tanjong Rhu, Singapore



A black-and-white postcard showing a floating village in Tanjong Rhu. The postcard contains a caption, "Malayan fishermen in dwelling", referring to the attap houses that were built on piles. Many villagers reared poultry, fished and plied sampans for hire for their livelihood. The native settlements of Tanjong Rhu, clustered at the mouths of Kallang and Geylang rivers, were one of the oldest settlements in Singapore. These villages had to be removed when the colonial government earmarked the area for the Kallang Airport that opened in 1937. Eighty acres of swamp land between Tanjong Rhu and Geylang River were reclaimed for the project. This card has a divided back. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.

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