Monday, April 8, 2013

Books on Fort Canning

Fort Canning is one of Singapore's most famous historical landmark.  These three books explore Fort Canning's history, heritage and natural beauty:

Insitu: Fort Canning Hill. The publication contains content about the historic Fort Canning Hill, authored with the support of materials from National Parks Singapore. The book also documents multi-disciplinary artworks by leading Tokyo contemporary photography artist Taisuke Koyama, acclaimed sound artist Kangding Ray, independent curator June Yap and emerging Singapore artist Boedi Widjaja after their travel to the hill.

Fort Canning Hill: Exploring Singapore's Heritage and Nature by Melissa Diagana and Jyoti Angresh. Fort Canning Hill: Exploring Singapore's Heritage and Nature is the first coffee table book dedicated to the rich heritage and biodiversity of Singapore's beloved park on a hill. It takes the reader through a holistic journey through the park - from uncovering the layers of its military, architectural, trading and natural heritage to getting an intriguing look at its diverse botanical life and previous inhabitants.

Secrets of the Battlebox by Romen Bose.  This is the 2011 reissue of the 2005 softback which tells the tale of the Battlebox on Fort Canning Hill, Singapore. The area was sealed for many years but became known to the public in 1988 and is now a museum. The accessible account uses interviews, memoirs and othe primary and recently released source material to reconstruct events and discussions which took place in the underground complex in February 1942. In the Battlebox the Allied military commanders finally decided on 14 February to surrender to the Japanese. There is a brief summary of post-Occupation events at the site. With black-and-white archival photographs, chronology and bibliography.

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