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February 04, 2009

History of Ann Siang Hill: Part 2 of 4

History of Ann Siang Hill: Part 2 of 4

Do you know who was the person who had a hill named after him way back in Singapore's history? I didn't know too, until I visited Ann Siang Hill recently.

From the information boards located on the park, I managed to learn more.

"Ann Siang Hill was named after Chia Ann Siang, a Hokkien merchant who was born in Malacca in 1832.

In 1848, at age 16 years of age, Chia Ann Siang found employment with the British form Boustead & Company, whose core businesses traded in natural resources, spices, coconut, tobacco, tin, tea and silk.

Boustead's ships plied the China-Europe routes in the early days. He eventually left Boustead and went into the timber business and became a partner of Geok Teat and Company from 1863.

After he became a rich landowner and one of the leading merchants of his time, he acquired both Ann Siang Hill and Mount Erskine."

I often visit places and streets with names that take after famous people. Most of the time, I have no idea who that person is/was, much less know about their contribution to society. Do you have similar thoughts?

Other related posts to tour:
1. History of Ann Siang Hill Part 1 of 4
2. History of Ann Siang Hill Part 2 of 4
3. History of Ann Siang Hill Part 3 of 4
4. History of Ann Siang Hill Part 4 of 4

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yg said...

ang siang hill is where some oldies were tested on using the hand-brake (emergency brake) during their during test.

Seen This Scene That said...

Must be a real challenge to do that driving test on those narrow steep slopes.

ayreus said...

hey, does ang siang hill have low human traffic flow on weekend?

Seen This Scene That said...

hi ayreus, there were some tourists (with their tourist guide maps in hand) when I went on a weekday. Not sure of the weekend scene though.

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