Sunday, August 5, 2012
Jalan Besar Heritage Trail
Chun See wanted to turn back the clock and was trying to locate the former New World Amusement Park side gate so as to have another free entry. I remember the side gate entrance and tried to get my bearing. There was an open canal running along the side of the amusement park. A wooden bridge across the canal led to the side gate. The other end of the bridge led to the carpark. We looked around and found the open canal had been covered up with concrete. Part of it is now a walkway starting from Jalan Besar. The other half is a driveway and is named Kitchener Link. I could roughly guess the position of the side gate entrance and pointed it out to Chun See.
open canal concreted over to form a walkway
I walked along French Road and then to Jalan Besar to see the buildings that have replaced the three abattoirs before proceeding to City Square Mall for the opening ceremony of the Jalan Besar Heritage Trail. Then my memories flashed back to the abattoir days and the job I was doing.
Picture Story of Pig Abattoir
Pigs brought by butchers were kept in the abattoir pig pens
Meat Inspector examing pig carcasses
carcasses found fit for human consumption were branded
Picture Story of Cattle Abattoir
cattle brought to the abattoir for slaughter
skinning the cattle carcass before inspection
I was inspecting the cattle carcass with the help of a labourer
I was removing the localised infected part of the meat
cutting open the cattle liver for inspection
The three photos from the National Archives of Singapore surprised me. I did not expect to see pictures of myself doing meat inspection. I was not aware when the photos were taken in 1964.