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Feb 16, 2012

Ways Done in the Past - Kampong Days Exhibition

Young grandchildren with granny in the kampong



Laundry time at the kampong standpipe in the 1960s.

Ways done for washing the clothings in the kampong before the public standpipes were supplied c 1951.

In the 1960s when there were more kampongs than high-rise buildings and heartlands in the HDB housing estates were not extensively developed in Singapore, public education was introduced as "Kampong Days Exhibition".

Kampong Days Exhibition. Police Week at the Pasir Panjang Police Station in 1958.

Fogging the "Aedes" mozzies before the attack of the dengues...

The ways done in the past by the Rural Board Cleansing Section, predecessor of the Ministry of Environment, Singapore.

The mass media campaigns through the various communication channels in Singapore was not done in the past.

Lets take a glimpse of life in the kampong in Singapore in the 1960s, photo credit and courtesy of the National Archives of Singapore posted on this blog to share with everyone.


Kampong on stilt c 1954.

On the way to the kampong provision shop...

Kampong provision shop under-one-roof c 1960.

Fishermen brought the daily fresh catch from the sea...

Queue up with pails before the standpipes arrived...

Fun at the standpipe in the kampong c 1960.

Excited Bapa at the clinic to call for help from the midwife, announcing the imminent arrival of his baby...

Relax Ibu and Bapa...I've arrived in Singapore, safe and sound.

Ibu and Bapa given some post-natal instructions from the midwife...

Public Health Services - Clinics and Travelling Dispensary

Students mass exercise in the kampong school c 1960.

Wedding dinner at the kampong c 1960

Chinese wayang stage in the kampong c 1960.

Thaipusam festival in the kampong c 1960.

Photo credit to Derek Lehrle, who generously contributed his collection of carefree kampong lifestyle photos taken in 1957 through National Archives of Singapore with acknowledgement and thanks.

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5 Comments:

Blogger lim said...

In the old kampong days, the annual temple celebration was a major affair. For us kids, it was a time when we could catch the wayang show and lap up the foods offered at the food stalls, like Cheng Tng, Ngo Hiang, and Bird nest's drink.

Then we allowed ourselves to be frightened by the actions of the temple mediums as they worked themselves into a state of trance.

The advent of TV and the Getai effectively dimmed the popularity of the wayang.

When I grew up appreciating the arts, I realised how beautiful the traditional opera was, especially when it was performed at the highest professional level. Thanks to the Internet, it is so easy to go to Youtube and search for all kinds of opera clips.

February 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger FL said...

The Chinese kampong that my family once resided there in 1960 had only two communal standpipes supply water to so many families. Also, there was a common wooden shack toilets (male/female). These essential facilities were shared thus creating a close knit people who helped each other in times of needs. Of course, we also knew each other very well as we lived in an open society back then.

March 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thank you Mr Lim and FL, Mr Derek Lehrle had generously contributed his personal collection of carefree kampong lifestyle in 1957 to share at the National Archives of Singapore for everyone to share.

Happy memories of kampong days!

March 9, 2012 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Minah licks said...

Its a very nice collection of photos and well arranged in its theme. Yah, I still do, very strongly, missing those good old days. What can I do to bring it back :'(

March 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger atri leoz said...

Hi there,

Just came across your blog and am impressed with all the images here.
I would like to check if it is possible to use this images for an National Day Exhibition.
It would be really great if given an opportunity to discuss more about it.

Thank you in advance!

June 24, 2015 at 2:29 PM  

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