The Wiggins Teape Group advertisement in the 1960s was entitled:
"To help make Singapore what it is today - mountains were moved".
Percy Carpenter's painting of "Singapore at Sunrise from Mount Wallich in 1856" is one of the best records of the settlement of that time. But today (1960) Mount Wallich cannot be found. Where has it gone? It was completely removed in 1887 from the area of the present Cecil Street and Maxwell Road junction to fill in Telok Ayer Bay which in this picture is the inlet fronting the main street shown - Telok Ayer Street.
|Bird's-eye view of East Coast, Singapore reclaimation in 1976|
Please check out 'Shenton Way - Then and Now' blog about Mount Palmer here .
The large building shown at the end of Telok Ayer Street was Singapore's first post office, situated on the river in front of the present Treasury Building.
|Waterfront view of Singapore c 1925|
|The Legislative Assembly House at Empress Place c 1954|
Marina Bay Financial Centre
On 15 May 2013, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officially opened the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC). He posted on his Facebook update at:
I felt good to see this project completed. I was involved in its inception in the late-1990s, when I was in MAS. Banks and financial institutions here were expanding rapidly. We decided to build a world-class business and financial hub in Marina Bay. The MBFC was the largest land parcel the Govt had ever sold at that time, and big risk for the developer to take. But the economy revived strongly after 9/11 and SARS, and the MBFC took off. Today 30,000 people work at the MBFC, and it is a beautiful addition to Marina Bay. - LHL
The Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC), as with all over Singapore, is work in progress ... always building, always developing, always changing for a better Singapore for generations of the future.
Wallich Street in 1970s
The old buildings at Wallich Street, Singapore were demolished for the construction of the Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, which was opened on 12 December, 1987.