20 Aug '11, 9pm

Voices from the past - TODAYonline

- Arumugam Kailasom from Madras stands on the deck of the passenger liner Rajullah as he sees the Singapore skyline for the first time. It is 1917 and he has been at sea for days. He is hungry and tired but soon he will find accommodation in the city's Selegie Road and begin his new life. - Bukit Timah Road in the 1930s and a busy parade beats to the sound of Tamil cattle farmers and snake charmers. Some passers-by look on as the mobile cinema bus drives past. - Frank Tay sits at the feet of his grand-father listening to stories of a by-gone age at their home in Upper Serangoon Road. The old man recounts for the boy tales of his own father who travelled to Singapore in the early 1870s after the Taiping Rebellion in southern China. He worked as a herdsman for one Straits dollar a month but eventually made enough money to buy land to grow coconuts and fruit. - It is June 194...

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