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Over Singapore 50 Years Ago - An Aerial View in the 1950s


With National Archives of Singapore
, Text by Brenda Yeoh and Theresa Wong

124 pp, 280 mm x 250 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4610-13-1

Category: Photography & Film
Theme: Singapore

Now released in a new, convenient and handy size, Over Singapore: 50 Years Ago is a view of old Singapore from a new angle. Many of the streets and buildings have changed; but many others are still instantly recognizable, and this book helps the reader make connections between places as they were and as they are today.

This book is based on aerial photographs taken vertically, some 50 years ago, from altitudes in the range of 2,500–23,000 feet. These photos have been specially combined to form large, composite views similar in impact to photographs taken today from satellites. The result is a fascinating and detailed portrait of the city and many of the major outlying areas as they once were.

Younger readers will be fascinated by this portrait of the past; the older generation will be taken back to the Singapore they remember. Visitors will gain insights into Singapore's history, which will enrich their understanding and enjoyment of the island state today.

Brenda Yeoh is Professor, Department of Geography, and Head of Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore. She is also Research Leader (Asian Migration Cluster) at the Asia Research Institute. Her research interests include the politics of space in colonial and post-colonial cities; gender; migration and transnational communities. Her previous books include: Contesting Space: Power Relations and the Urban Built Environment in Colonial Singapore (1996); The Politics of Landscape in Singapore (2003, with Lily Kong); and Toponymics: A Study of Singapore Street Names (2003, with Victor Savage).

Theresa Wong obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Geography at the National University of Singapore. She is working towards her PhD in Geography at the Ohio State University, USA, where she is a graduate teaching associate.


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