15 Jul '18, 1pm

SINGAPORE, MILEAGES ALONG ROADS, 1936 | Archivist Pick of the Week

SINGAPORE, MILEAGES ALONG ROADS, 1936 | Archivist Pick of the Week

Survey Department Collection, National Archives of Singapore This map was published by the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Survey department in 1936. It measured the distance of key landmarks and districts across Singapore’s main roads, taking the General Post Office at the Fullerton Building at Empress Place as its ‘zero-point’. The points indicated on the map were physically represented by actual milestones, which were installed by the colonial government. These were widely used by both the government and public as reliable markers of location at a time where there was an absence of prominent landmarks or regularised system of addresses, particularly in the rural areas. Postmen for example, would deliver mail with reference to the milestones which had a function similar to modern postal codes. The milestones were also used by transportation providers like ...

Full article: http://www.nas.gov.sg/blogs/archivistpick/mileages/

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