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Community donates 250 artefacts to upcoming Indian Heritage Centre

Published on May 20, 2014 1:32 PM

SINGAPORE - More than 250 artefacts have been collected which will go on display at the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) when it opens early next year.

They include family heirlooms such as a gold necklace belonging to the Pillai family, an Indian trading family, and wartime publications donated by Singapore's sixth president Mr S R Nathan.

The necklace, made up of 62 coins, is a "superior example" of gold craftsmanship from Tamil Nadu and represents the material culture of Tamils in British Malaya in the first half of the 20th century, the centre said.

The artefact collection drive began in June 2011. To date about 40 donors and lenders have come forward to share pieces that tell the story of the community's contributions to Singapore's history and Indian culture and traditions.

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