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17 Aug
I just found out & I’m thrilled!
I discovered it yesterday when I was playing around with the NLB myLibrary function… how many days left on my books etc.
I thought using it to start research for The Book would be a good excuse for playing on Facebook instead of ploughing through news archives so I asked,

Could you recommend some books touching on the social and cultural side of Singapore in the 1920’s and 1930’s?

And this morning got this list!

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Please refer to the following books which are available at Level 11 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.

Keyword(s)

social and cultural history of Singapore in the 1920’s and 1930’s

1.   Book
Title: An anecdotal history of old times in Singapore : from the foundation of the settlement … on February 6th, 1819 to the transfer to the Colonial Office … on April 1st, 1867 / by Charles Burton Buckley ; with an introduction by C.M. Turnbull.
Author: Buckley, Charles Burton, 1844-1912
Publisher: Singapore : Oxford University Press, 1984.
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 BUC -[HIS]
Description: First ed. published: Singapore : Fraser & Neave, 1902. 2 v. Cover title: An anecdotal history of old times in Singapore 1819-1867. Cover title: An anecdotal history of old times in Singapore 1819-1867.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
2.   Book
Title: Singapore weddings : evolution of a Singapore culture through common roots in traditional values : St. Theresa’s Convent 50th anniversary, 1933-1983.
Publisher: Singapore : The Convent, 1983.
Call No.: RSING English 301.42095957 SIN
Description: Compiled by the principal, teachers and pupils of St. Theresa’s Convent. Compiled by the principal, teachers and pupils of St. Theresa’s Convent.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
3.   Book
Title: Chinese society in nineteenth and early twentieth century Singapore : a socioeconomic analysis / by Lee Poh Ping.
Author: Lee, Poh-Ping, 1942-
Publisher: [Ithaca, N.Y.] : Cornell University, 1974.
Issue Information: year 1974
Call No.: RCLOS English 301.45195105957 LEE year 1974
Description: Thesis (Ph.D.) – Cornell University, 1974. Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : Xerox University Microfilms, 1975. Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : Xerox University Microfilms, 1975.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Closed Access
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
Librarian’s notes: Available upon request at the L11 Information Counter
4.   Book
Title: Old Singapore / Maya Jayapal.
Author: Jayapal, Maya, 1941-
Publisher: Singapore : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 JAY -[HIS]
Description: Maps on lining papers. Includes index. Includes index.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
5.   Book
Title: A journey through Singapore : travellers’ impressions of a by-gone time selected and arranged in a complete narrative / by Reena Singh.
Author: Reena Singh
Publisher: Singapore : Landmark Books, c1995.
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 REE -[HIS]
Description: “Travellers‘ impressions of time gone by”–Jacket. “Travellers‘ impressions of time gone by”–Jacket.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
6.   Book
Title: Singapore : a pictorial history 1819-2000 / Gretchen Liu.
Author: Liu, Gretchen
Publisher: Singapore : Archipelago Press in association with the National Heritage Board, c1999.
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 LIU -[HIS]
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
7.   Book
Title: The history of Singapore / Jean E. Abshire.
Author: Abshire, Jean E
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, c2011.
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 ABS -[HIS]
Description: Timeline — A globalized state — Pre-colonial Singapore : Temasek, Dragon’s Tooth Gate, and Singapura, 100-1819 — The establishment of colonial Singapore : 1819-1867 — A crown colony : 1867-1942 — Fortress Singapore to Syonan-to : World War II — The rough road to independence, 1945-1963 — From Third World to First World, since 1965 — Notable people in the history of Singapore — Glossary.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
8.   Book
Title: The first 150 years of Singapore / [by] Donald and Joanna Moore.
Author: Moore, Donald
Publisher: [Singapore] : Donald Moore Press; [distributed by Cellar Book Shop, Detroit, Mich., 1969].
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 MOO -[HIS]
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
9.   Book
Title: Singapore, a 700-year history : from early emporium to world city / Kwa Chong Guan, Derek Heng, Tan Tai Yong.
Author: Kwa, Chong Guan
Publisher: Singapore : National Archives of Singapore, 2009.
Call No.: RSING English 959.5703 KWA -[HIS]
Description: Includes index. Includes index.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
10.   Book
Title: Ray Tyers’ Singapore : then & now / [Ray Tyers] ; revised and updated by Siow Jin Hua.
Author: Tyers, R. K. (Ray K.), 1919-
Publisher: Singapore : Landmark Books, c1993.
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 TYE -[HIS]
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
11.   Book
Title: Past times : a social history of Singapore / Chan Kwok Bun and Tong Chee Kiong (eds.).
Publisher: Singapore : Times Editions, c2003.
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 PAS -[HIS]
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
12.   Book
Title: A history of modern Singapore, 1819-2005 / C.M. Turnbull.
Author: Turnbull, C. M. (Constance Mary)
Publisher: Singapore : NUS Press, c2009.
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 TUR -[HIS]
Description: Includes index. Includes index.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
13.   Book
Title: One hundred years of Singapore / general editors, Walter Makepeace, Gilbert E. Brooke, Roland St. J. Braddell ; with an introduction by C.M. Turnbull.
Publisher: Singapore : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Issue Information: v. 1
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 ONE -[HIS] v. 1
Description: Reprint. Originally published: London : J. Murray, 1921. Includes index. Includes index.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
14.   Book
Title: One hundred years of Singapore / general editors, Walter Makepeace, Gilbert E. Brooke, Roland St. J. Braddell ; with an introduction by C.M. Turnbull.
Publisher: Singapore : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Issue Information: v. 2
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 ONE -[HIS] v. 2
Description: Reprint. Originally published: London : J. Murray, 1921. Includes index. Includes index.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
15.   Book
Title: Crossroads : a popular history of Malaysia and Singapore / Jim Baker.
Author: Baker, Jim, M. Ed
Publisher: Singapore : Marshall Cavendish Editions, c2008.
Call No.: RSING English 959.5 BAK
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
16.   Book
Title: Singapore retrospect through postcards, 1900-1930.
Publisher: Singapore : Sin Chew Jit Poh [and] Archives and Oral History Dept., 1982.
Call No.: RSING English 769.4995957 SIN
Description: English and Chinese text. English and Chinese text.
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
17.   Book
Title: A history of Singapore / edited by Ernest C.T. Chew and Edwin Lee.
Publisher: Singapore : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Call No.: RSING English 959.57 HIS -[HIS]
Description: “Issued under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Studies Program, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore”. “Issued under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Studies Program, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore”. QREF
Availability: Lee Kong Chian Reference Library-Reference Singapore
Last accessed date: 16 Aug 2011
Impressive no? Well anyway I was impressed. I’m going to print this out and go down to the National Library.
Current plan?
Writing:
  1. Put down the story outline very roughly.
  2. Split it into sections (thanks, Scrivener!)
  3. Write, expanding it section by section. Try to average 1000 words/ day or 7000 words a week. If I hit the 7000 before Sunday I get to take Sundays off!
Research:
  1. Get myself out of the apartment and into the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. It’s not a place I’m familiar with. You can’t bring notebooks in, only blank paper I believe, which makes it difficult for me since I Need my notebook lists to know what I’m looking for. But then it’s been a long time since I was there and I can already feel these books calling to me!
  2. Note down any colourful details that spark off new directions for me.
  3. I hope to write and read simultaneously during the writing of this first draft. There will be gaps and adjustments of course but I’ll just *LIVECOW* them and sort them out in the rewrite (Why Livecow? Because I don’t like Deadbeef…)
What usually stops me at this stage is trying to get everything ‘right’ before I start. But that’s like saying I want to get fit before I start exercising. What works for me is just to warm up first and plunge in. If it doesn’t work first time then I’ll have found one route that doesn’t work and I’ll go on from there!
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