Tomb hunters discover pieces of early Singapore’s past

Tomb hunting pair Charles and Raymond Goh. Source: Straits Times 20151111

A pair of Singaporean brothers whose hobby is hunting down grave stones have discovered stone markers belonging to a 19th century resident of Singapore.

Tomb hunting pair Charles and Raymond Goh. Source: Straits Times 20151111
Tomb hunting pair Charles and Raymond Goh. Source: Straits Times 20151111

Unearthing history of early S’pore occupants
Straits Times, 11 November 2015

Deep in the heart of MacRitchie Reservoir Park once stood a lakehouse built in the 1890s and owned by Briton George Mildmay Dare, a former secretary of the Singapore Cricket Club. (See correction note below)

Both Mr Dare and prominent local merchant Seah Eu Chin were among the first to own land at what was then known as the Impounding Reservoir, or Thomson Reservoir. The colonial government later acquired the privately owned land to widen the reservoir.

What remains today are two stone markers inscribed with the words “Dare” in English and “Seah Chin Hin” in Chinese for Mr Seah’s plantation, as well as the stone and brick foundations of Mr Dare’s former home. This account of the area’s early occupants and how land use there evolved was pieced together in July by tomb-hunting brothers Charles and Raymond Goh, after they began studying the markers and land ownership records.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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