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ST readers revisit landmark events in S'pore's history at We: Defining Stories exhibition

Published on Apr 26, 2014 7:11 PM

Retiree William Tay, 66, was moved by photos of the 1961 Bukit Ho Swee fire at a new, free exhibition called We: Defining Stories.

As a young boy living in a kampung on nearby Towner Road, he saw smoke from the fire tearing through the squatter homes of 16,000 residents. "We felt very sad... we could see the smoke but couldn't do much to help," he said during a preview of the exhibtion on Saturday.

Presented by The Straits Times and the National Museum of Singapore (NMS), the free photography show features more than 400 photographs depicting the nation's landmark moments from 1950 to 2013.

The photos from the paper and museum's collections, have been divided into six sections: Merdeka (freedom in Malay), Home, Challenges, Heroes, So Singaporean and Our Stories.

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