Tuesday, September 25, 2012

10 facts about Queenstown

Besides being the location of Singapore's first $1-million HDB flat, here are 10 facts about Queenstown
The Straits Times - September 23, 2012

1 Queenstown is Singapore's first satellite town, with amenities such as schools and markets for residents. The first flats were completed in 1953.

2 Queenstown Public Library is the first public library built in the heartland. It is now the oldest library in Singapore after the National Library building in Stamford Road was torn down in 2004.

3 The estate was named after Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her coronation in 1953.

4 Queenstown's old name was Boh Beh Kang, which translates as "no tail swamp", named by the villagers who used to live in the area after an old river which they described as having no end.

5 Singapore's first flatted factory, built in 1965, can be found along Commonwealth Drive.

6 In 1964, the first made-in-Singapore black and white television was manufactured in the Setron Ltd factory in the now-defunct Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate.

7 Queenstown Sports Complex hosted three National Day parades, in 1975, 1981 and 1983.

8 The Hock Lee bus riots of 1955 took place in the Dawson neighbourhood. Four people were killed and 31 injured when striking bus workers and students clashed with the police.

9 The Mei Ling area, where the $1-million flat was sold, as well as nearby Mei Chin, used to be the site of Chinese cemeteries.

10 The "Halt" in Tanglin Halt came from the old KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) trains that used to stop in the area.

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