Colonial Singapore

Singapore’s colonial history spans nearly 150 years. From January 1819’s arrival of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar to set up a trading post on behalf of the British East India Company, through to September 1963 when Singapore joined Malaysia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The vestiges of this era can be seen in much of our architecture especially around the lovely Civic District with its impressive government buildings and monuments, many of which now serve as homes to the arts. In addition, we have colonial bungalows (known as Black & White houses) and old military establishments such as the Naval and Air bases, Army barracks, & Forts dating from the 19th century.
 
 
 
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Black & White Houses

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful & iconic colonial houses, set in green & tranquil oases.

 
 
 

Military Black & White Houses

Explore the accommodation in the popular black & white style, built for the military personnel - from grand “bungalows” for officers to blocks of flats for more junior ranks.

 
 
 
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Colonial, Commercial & Civic

Explore the history & transformation of these areas with particular emphasis on the Civic District, although we will also explore the role of the Singapore River and the importance of commerce to Singapore.

 
 
 
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Scottish Pioneers

In 1892 the Reverend Reith, the then minister at the Orchard Rd Presbyterian Church (aka the Scots Church) wrote“A Guidebook to Singapore” aimed at visitors with little time in Singapore, but who would want to see the highlights. We have recreated one of his suggested routes for getting to know the island