John Harper Remembers



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Singapore Belt

The Harper family were posted to Singapore in 1957 until July 1959 being stationed at RAF Changi first and then at RAF Tengah,  Some recollections of that time are described in  Lam Chun See's blog site called Good Morning Yesterday which was set up mainly for a nostalgic look at Kampong life in the 1950s and 1960s. However, the idea then developed to publish articles by people who had been children of service personnel in Singapore during that period.  I contributed eight articles covering different aspects of this wonderful time in a foreign landand the articles I have written for Lam Chun See's Good Morning Yesterday blog are reproduced here, see left side menu under "John Harper Remembers". Some parts of the articles also appear in Derek Tait's book.

Memories of Singapore and Malaya - a new book by Derek Tait.
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There is much to see and do in Sinagpore the usual three day stopover you can get on flights to Australia and New Zealand are just not long enough for me and if I can, I stay for a week or more. Below is a selection of links spanning visits from 1957 to 2011.

Jurong Bird Park, Chinese Garden,  Japanese Garden

Chinese Garden Jurong

Singapore Zoological Garden,

Monitor lizard Singapore Zoo
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Hindhede Quarry Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Arab Street Textiles

Sunday Morning Birdsong

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Harper Family in Singapore 1957 - 1959

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Stamps Prior to Malayan Independence 1957

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State of Singapore Stamps 1959

4 Cents
Singapore Botanical Gardens

Canonball tree

Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens)

Haw Par Villa entrance arch
Photo copyright Dave Papworth

Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve

Warning sign for crocodiles
Changi 2007

Netheravon Road
Katong 2007

Gate post in Katong
Botanical Gardens Photo Album

Gates Cluny Road
Oriental Pied Hornbill

Istana Park
Istana Park

Here are some links to interesting sites on the topic of Singapore.

Memories of Singapore run by Tom O'Brien
The site contains many photographs and images contributed by people who lived in Singapore during the 1960s' and early '70s.  Many of whom are ex-pupils of St. John's Comprehensive School, Bourne Secondary School, and of other BFES Schools that were once in Singapore.

PICAS The Singapore Picture Archive
A wonderful pictorial archive with photos on many different topics dating back to before the second world war.

Fairypoint's Webshot Photo Album
A photo collection of Pre-war Singapore, Seletar, Changi Creek, East Coast, The Changi Tree, Pulau Ubin & Pulau Tekong. Well worth dropping by for a look! There is also a photograph entitled Old Changi Post Office. Old Changi Post Office This building was just down the road from where we lived on Wittering Road.

The Changi Murals
The Changi Murals were painted between 1942 and 1943 by a British Prisoner of War, Bombardier Stanley Warren, of 15 Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Artillery. This site gives some of the background to them being painted and their later restoration by the artist.

The Keropok Man
Visit the Keropok man for a daily photograph of Singapore (Keropok is Prawn Cracker)

Images of Singapore Similar to Keropok Man there is a new photograph of modern day Singapore nearly every day.

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