To most Singaporeans, Geylang Serai is Singapore’s principal ‘Malay area’. Indeed, Geylang Serai has been associated with the Malay community for so long that most people do not realise that the area did not start up as a Malay kampung but had in fact been opened up by European planters like Dr Joachim D’Almeida, TO Crane and Thomas Dunman. For the longest time, Geylang was Singapore’s eastern junction, the principal village and the terminus of Singapore’s early tramway system. It was only towards the latter half of the 19th century that with the acquisition of much of the land around Geylang by the Alsagoff family that it began to be settled as a primarily Malay area. This talk traces the historical development of Geylang Serai and its key personalities and sheds light on a forgotten part of one of Singapore’s most important historical and cultural areas.
Details of the talk:
Title: Geylang Serai: The Making of a Malay Emporium
Speaker: Dr Kevin YL Tan
Date: Saturday, 28 Sep 2013
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library
Free but registration is required at this URL: http://url.ie/ikfa
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