Digital mapping tool to track Singapore's development

Mr Yit Chin Chuan, 51, NAS' assistant director, archives services; flanked by Ms Loh Yuexia, 36, an assistant archivist; and Mr Patrick Cher, 32, a project manager; with the 1846 plan of Singapore produced by government surveyor, architect and engine
Mr Yit Chin Chuan, 51, NAS' assistant director, archives services; flanked by Ms Loh Yuexia, 36, an assistant archivist; and Mr Patrick Cher, 32, a project manager; with the 1846 plan of Singapore produced by government surveyor, architect and engineer John Turnbull Thomson.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Spatial Discovery allows overlays of old maps with reference to present-day sites

Swathes of "Chinese vegetable Gardens", "Mangrove Marshes", "Brick Kilns" and "Cotton Plantations" stand in present-day Farrer Park, Little India, Lavender and Whampoa, respectively.

These areas of what was otherwise a rather barren and little developed Singapore are marked out in an 1836 map of the town.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2018, with the headline 'Digital mapping tool to track Singapore's development'. Print Edition | Subscribe