Tanglin Halt - Then and Now
Tanglin Halt - Then
The street name and the shop name in these photos told us that we arrived in Tanglin Halt after our earlier walk down memories at Commonwealth Avenue, Queenstown in Singapore. The blog was posted here .
My heritage friends Lina Koh, Hercules Lim and Victor Khong have grown up in Tanglin Halt.
I wasn't born in Tanglin Halt, but worked there many years ago.
With the courtesy of archived photos of Tanglin Halt curated from the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) on these selected photos to share on this blog with acknowledgement and thanks to NAS.
|PUB Gas Tank at Tanglin Halt c 1990|
Another landmark at Tanglin Halt is the "Church of the Blessed Sacrament" at Commonwealth Avenue.
|Tanglin Halt Housing Estate in 1967|
"Memories of Smell" in Tanglin Halt
Sheng Hua Enterprise Ltd at Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate, manufacturer of Van Houten chocolates in 1966. Residents who lived near the factory enjoyed the "memories of smell - the fragrant aroma of chocolate" with "free smelling" until relocated to bigger factories in Jurong.
Pioneers of TV factories at Tanglin Halt
The family in HDB flat at Tanglin Halt watching the first black and white TV set in 1964.
|Setron TV factory at Tanglin Halt in 1966.|
|Roxy TV factory at Tanglin Halt in 1966|
Other factories located at Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate
|Daiwa factory in 1966|
|Great Malaysia Textile Manufacturing Co Ltd in 1967|
|Phonographic Industries Ltd in 1967|
|Lim Seng Huat Industries Ltd in 1969|
|Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) flats in Tanglin Halt c 1960s|
The following photos were posted to me by Lina with detailed descriptions of the places in Tanglin Halt.
I would also like to express the appreciation to Chun See, Lina and Hercules who had made a recce to share their collective memories for their input to make the blog more meaningful and memorable.
Queenstown Lutheran Church (709 Commonwealth Drive)
Above first picture of on the left as you can see a sharp point shape (cross shape) is the Queenstown Lutheran Church (1967) where I as a child of 3 year old went pre-kindergarten child care before goes to Tanglin Halt.
Kindergarten where we went there recently two weeks ago. Further to the right side of the top 3 HDB blocks where Victor Khong's mother lives at Block 82 at the centre of the top 3 HDB blocks of which one of the blocks is Block 81 (VIP Block) at the corner end of the right hand side of the photo. Foreground of the photo is my former Primary School - New Town Primary School (1965) in 1970s which seats beside the other school is Permaisura Primary School (1965). I have written down the name of the buildings on the photo. Small shape (cross shape) of the church on the 3rd picture on the foreground (below) is the JTC HDB Blk 115B where I occasionally go for the lunch break at the canteen and the previous office where I worked at the building next to the Blk 115B is "GMTI building" hidden from view on the left. Last picture is the church - Queenstown Lutheran Church. Photo Courtesy: Lina Catcat, Mimiworld On the Memory Lane.
Veteran heritage blogger Lam Chan See had posted a previous blog about his memories of Queenstown to share with us.
Tanglin Halt - Now
The old SIT shophouses which were newly painted with bright colorful schemes and the latest designed kid equipments at the playground for fun and safety.
|Lina with her auntie (center) and friend at Tanglin Halt|
|Lina's auntie is the tenant of the hardware shop for decades.|
|Thimbuktu in front of the former HDB Queensway Area Office|
Sparkletots Queenstown Child Care Centre was built in 1993. It occupies the ground floor of the former HDB Queensway Area Office and the car park fronting the office.
Can you spot the differences of the juxtaposed photos of the same place, different times, different memories?
Firstly, did you know the models of cars parked in front of the building?
Secondly, inside the HDB area office. 1) the ceiling fans; 2) the wiring fence at the casher counter for security purposes; 3) the uniform of the policeman (known as the days of the "mata cheng teh kor"); 4) the cashiers using NCR machines for cash collection; 5) payments using "computerised punched cards" to be sent to the HDB Computer Center at Bukit Merah HQ for batch processing of records; 6) revenue stamp pasted on the collection booklet payment of $20 and above. 7) Lessees of HDB flats ownership under the CPF Scheme were required to receive the Central Provident Fund Board as a form of "cheque" together with the pre-printed "punched card" to the payment counter. HDB was not fully computerised in those days and manually recorded "memo cards" were used to verify and updated payments. The "memo cards" became obsolete subsequently when "real-time online" computerised data linked to every HDB offices.
The photos of HDB Queensway Area Office at "Memories of HDB" posted to my previous blog.
|Queensway Branch Office located beside the former HDB office|
Tanglin Halt Food Centre
|Favorite durian ice-kachang. Shiok!|
This photo of the back of the building which was once upon a time the HDB Queensway Area Office, it brought back fond nostalgic memories of a place where it was my second home for almost a decade.
The chiku tree in the foreground must have been planted by one of my HDB colleagues and the tree was still there. There were many other local fruit trees in this compound. I had thrown some papaya seeds in the past there, the trees grew and bear fruits, and we shared the papayas together many times for new trees to be planted and grow as the old trees rest in peace after harvest times.
These photos taken from the overhead bridge which I passed daily from home to work, work to home four decades ago will remember forever in my "memory storage" to reminisce. The locations of these buildings ... Queenstown Community Centre where there was once a traffic circus in front, Masjid Mujahidin at the corner of Stirling Road, the former Police Reserve Unit (PRU) now known as the Special Operations Command (Queensway Base). The Queensway Flyer was not yet built when I left Tanglin Halt to work at the HDB Bukit Merah HQ.
The HDB flats in Tanglin Halt have been repainted with new coats of paint on the external walls and the place has the neighbourhood heartland in Tanglin Halt a brighter, fresh look ... "remaking of Queenstown" for the benefits of the future generations.
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