14 Mar '18, 11am

[Mothership] Queenstown 3-room flats sold for S$6,200 in 1964 as part of an experimental estate

Before Queenstown became a town, the area was swampy valley wedged by two hills — Hong Lim and Hong Yin. The former was a cemetery, while the latter had rubber and orchard plantations. Advertisement Village at foot of hill Located at the foot of Hong Lim hill was a village called Boh Beh Kang (No-Tail River), possibly a reference to the mysterious source of the Singapore River . Boh Beh Kang had about 300 Chinese (mainly Hokkien, Teochew, and Hakka) families living in two- or three-storey attap huts. To build the new town, the village was cleared out. The hills were levelled and the earth used to fill the swamps. According to The Straits Times in October 1953, state-of-the-art machinery cleared 10 tonnes of earth per minute. An experiment in “low-cost housing and community living” First conceived as Singapore’s first satellite town by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) ...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/03/queenstown-satellite-town-hdb/

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