Home again in S’pore: How a plea on social media ended a former expat’s long search for her nanny

Ms Sara McGaughey with her amah Tan Siew Khim on her first birthday in the 1960s. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SARA MCGAUGHEY
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SINGAPORE — Growing up in Wales, Ms Sara McGaughey longed to find the nanny her family had left behind in Singapore when they returned home around 1963.

“My first experience back in the United Kingdom after leaving Singapore was being separated from my parents and taken to an isolation hospital for three days. It was cold and wet, and I missed my amah... It was quite a traumatic experience,” said Ms McGaughey, who was just a toddler when they left.

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