Call for artefacts to fill Eurasian heritage gallery

Association representing community often mistaken for other races turns 100 next year

Eurasian Association heritage committee chairman Julia D'Silva (foreground), 66, with heritage committee member Cedric Pereira, 70, and secretariat and heritage and culture manager Jacqueline Peeris, 37.
Eurasian Association heritage committee chairman Julia D'Silva (foreground), 66, with heritage committee member Cedric Pereira, 70, and secretariat and heritage and culture manager Jacqueline Peeris, 37.ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA
A baby's christening robe made from the train of Ms Lydwina Fernandez' 1949 bridal gown and a photo of her and her bridegroom, Mr Maurice Alban Cordeiro A tea set on loan from Mr Cedric Pereira. Tea time with cakes and sandwiches used to be a ritual
A prayer book circa 1870 containing prayers in Latin. The new heritage gallery will feature the Eurasian community’s recreational activities and traditional practices.ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA
A baby's christening robe made from the train of Ms Lydwina Fernandez' 1949 bridal gown and a photo of her and her bridegroom, Mr Maurice Alban Cordeiro A tea set on loan from Mr Cedric Pereira. Tea time with cakes and sandwiches used to be a ritual
A baby’s christening robe made from the train of Ms Lydwina Fernandez’ 1949 bridal gown and a photo of her and her bridegroom, Mr Maurice Alban Cordeiro.ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA
A baby's christening robe made from the train of Ms Lydwina Fernandez' 1949 bridal gown and a photo of her and her bridegroom, Mr Maurice Alban Cordeiro A tea set on loan from Mr Cedric Pereira. Tea time with cakes and sandwiches used to be a ritual
A tea set on loan from Mr Cedric Pereira. Tea time with cakes and sandwiches used to be a ritual for Eurasians. The tableware was usually made in England. ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA

They are sometimes asked by taxi drivers if they are Singaporeans and some people suggest that they eat mainly Western fare like hamburgers. Quite often, they are mistaken for other races.

The issue of identity is front and centre for the Eurasian Association, which is setting up a new heritage gallery as it enters its centenary next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2018, with the headline 'Call for artefacts to fill Eurasian heritage gallery'. Subscribe