Singapore

Founding Fathers exhibition opens

An exhibition chronicling the contributions made by the founding team of leaders in the first 10 years of Singapore's independence opens at the National Museum tomorrow (Sept 22).

Entitled We Built A Nation, it is the first time the 100 artefacts and items are on display to the public.

Many of the artefacts were donated by the Estate of Lee Kuan Yew, bearing the simple and disciplined lifestyle of the country's first Prime Minister.

The items were donated in keeping with the wishes of the late Mr Lee and his late wife Kwa Geok Choo that his house at Oxley Road be demolished after his death.

These items include Mr Lee's red box which carried his most vital documents and transcripts, as well as the desk that his children studied at before becoming his personal desk.

 

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ABOVE: The brown luggage marked LKY was used during his travels to London in the 50s and 60s. These would have included the two multi-party missions in 1956 and 1957 to discuss the constitutional future of Singapore. Also featured Mr Othman Wok's Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter and Mr S Rajaratnam's Canon Starwriter 80 word processor. BELOW: The party outfit Mr Lee wore to attend meetings.

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