History of land reclamation worth documenting

The Singapore Heritage Society supports the suggestion by Mr DeSouza Dennis Gordon in his letter (Show where S'pore shoreline was before reclamation; April 6).

The erection of heritage markers on public land is, however, beyond our ambit. The installation of such markers around areas of historic importance is undertaken by the National Heritage Board.

The history of land reclamation can be traced back 200 years to colonial times, and reclaimed areas include the Telok Ayer Basin and Commercial Square (Raffles Place today).

We are heartened and encouraged by Mr Gordon's suggestion and further recommend that resources be expended to more comprehensively document the cultural, social and commercial heritage of the time when Singapore embarked on land reclamation for development.

Alex Tan Tiong Hee

Honorary Secretary
Singapore Heritage Society

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2017, with the headline 'History of land reclamation worth documenting'. Print Edition | Subscribe