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Residents' tales add spice to Queenstown heritage trail

It will be first heritage trail in S'pore to introduce estate with residents' stories

Published on Jul 28, 2014 7:56 AM

Queenstown resident Mahmood Tamam was a child when he saw a travelling circus' elephant keeper get killed by the animal in the neighbourhood in the early 1960s.

"When the circus came here, some of the children would throw stones at the elephant or feed it rubbish like plastic and paper," said the 63-year-old. "I guess the elephant got angry that the keeper did not protect it."

Another resident in the estate, retiree Alice Lee, 66, was petrified when she moved to her 10th-floor flat in Tanglin Halt Road 44 years ago.

"It was my first experience in a high-rise building. I clung to my husband and dared not open my eyes when I walked from the lift to the flat," she said.

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