The Tanjong Katong seaside

This postcard shows a tranquil scene by the seaside in Tanjong Katong, which means ‘turtle point’ in Malay. Coconut plantations were found in the area during the 1840s after the land was cleared of the sugar cane and cinnamon that had previously been planted there. Affluent town dwellers considered the Tanjong Katong seaside as a holiday resort. Bungalows and modest beach structures, as depicted in the postcard, were a welcome haven for the wealthy.