The Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF) 2018 returned for its 15th year in April to celebrate Singapore's colourful heritage and culture. This year, SLA collaborated with the National Heritage Board for a limited rerun of our popular heritage series, “Discovering Singapore’s Best Kept Secrets”. The three State properties identified for this rerun were the Old Kallang Airport, the former Kinloss House at 3 Ladyhill Road and Pasir Panjang Power Station A.
At Old Kallang Airport, participants were treated to many interesting nuggets on aviation history. For instance, did you know that it would have taken 24 stopovers to get from London to Brisbane in the 1930s? In addition, the fare was about £180 which sounds reasonable until it was adjusted for inflation – becoming a whopping S$17,600 today! Doesn’t it make you glad that travelling has since become much easier and accessible?
This time round, we were privileged to welcome several very special guests who joined the participants and shared their personal stories about the properties. One guest was Ms Jacqueline Miller from Bath, who had boarded at Kinloss House from 1965 to 1968. She shared her experience living at the property and even pointed out where her bed used to be. Ms Miller and her sister had chosen to school in Singapore so as to see her parents every six weeks, rather than stay in England where they would only be able to see their parents twice a year, as her father was based in Malaya.
Participants also explored another nation-building landmark - the now-decommissioned Pasir Panjang Power Station 'A'. With its original max output of 150 MW in 1958, Pasir Panjang Power Station 'A' helped fuel Singapore's determined industrial push in the 1960s, with an additional 25MW added to the station's capacity in 1962. Station 'A' was later decommissioned in mid-1980, and the building remains standing to this day.
The “Discovering Singapore's Best Kept Secrets” series, led by heritage blogger Jerome Lim in partnership with SLA, was first launched in 2017. The guided tour gave participants rare and exclusive access to selected State properties, and allowed them to gain a deeper understanding of the properties’ historical and architectural significance. To know more about upcoming tours, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @SingaporeLandAuthority.
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