History lessons in tiles from a cemetery

Artist documents tiles - some from early 1900s - of tombs in Greater Bukit Brown

Over the past decade or so, heritage researchers and history buffs have hacked through dense overgrowth in the Greater Bukit Brown cemetery complex and unearthed stories of the people buried there.

The cemetery is also an "open-air museum", with a repository of decorative tiles dating as far back as the early 1900s that are attached to the tombs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2019, with the headline 'Uncovering the past, tile by tile'. Print Edition | Subscribe