Do you know there is a dark tragic history behind Alexandra Hospital? On 14 February 1942, a day before the surrender of Singapore, Alexandra Hospital was violated by “ the largest and most awful massacre of British troops in World War II ”. Within a short 30-minute span, three platoons from a Japanese battalion rained bullets at the hospital and captured more than 200 hospital personnel and patients.
Participants for My Queenstown Heritage Trail ( Dawson and Alexandra Tour ) can also learn about the history of:
- Alexandra Fire Station ( 亚历山大消防局与女皇镇邻里警局 ) - Singapore’s third fire station, officially opened on 25 February 1954 by then Governor of Singapore, Sir John Nicoll.
- Queenstown Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) - Singapore’s first neighbourhood police centre.
- Former Archipelago Brewery Company Factory - Singapore’s second brewery opened on 3 November 1933.
- Hock Lee Bus Riots - Started at a bus depot located at the junction of Dawson Road and Alexandra Road, and was one of the major riots in Singapore during the 1950s.
- Queenstown Baptist Church, Church of the Good Shepherd and the True Way Presbyterian Church.
Can you see why Singapore has earned the name of the “ Garden City ”? Over the decades, beautiful flowering species have been introduced to build a more effervescent and soulful city, making living in Singapore a more pleasant one. Don’t you think our flats are so colouful?
If you have been to Singapore, you may wonder why both our public and private housing look so spanking new compared to many other countries. That is because in Singapore, there is a regulation that building owners are required to paint the external walls of their buildings at intervals of not more than five years. Don’t you think that’s a great idea?
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