It is hard to look up architectural archives without stumbling upon stories about life in and around the buildings. The video below came with an interesting snippet of how children spent their free time before the Intenet was pervasive.
At 11 years of age I lived at RAF Seletar, from ’56 – ’58. I used to play in the old Sunderlands that had been scrapped. I also loved to watch them launching down the slip. They were awesome – still are are evocative memory for me 50 years on.
And another note from a former resident:
I lived at 6 Hyde Park Gate as a young boy when my father was serving in the RAF at Seletar in 1953-1955. I went to the Seletar primary school which was located close to the junction of Hampstead Garden and Oxford Street. My sister was born at the Alexandra Hospital in Singapore and was Christened in the C of E church along Picadilly. All a long long time ago but a very memorable time in a wonderful location.
More recently, I was lucky enough to be among a group of ex RAF Seletar people who came to visit the camp earlier this year (end of March and early April). Of course a lot has changed over the years and much of it for the better. Singapore is a vibrant and successful community of hard working people so nothing stands still for long. What I saw of Seletar camp, including my old house and a delightful evening barbacue with Sue Amy and Oliver, was fascinating and quite emotional for me. The housing area has developed and matured beautifully over the years and is now a credit to the residents.
And a fascinating historical timeline of developments in Singapore, South East Asia, Asia and the World. The context is interesting.