Singapore Through The Ages

The Singapore River (and its Bridges)

The Singapore River is no Amazon or Danube. Within a mile of the river mouth it is an insignificant stream. But the Singapore River was the heart and soul of Singapore for more than a century. Few rivers on the planet meant as much to one city as the Singapore River.

The river has a complex history, particularly regarding the many bridges, some of which have been rebuilt several times and have carried various names. I have done my best to interpret the available resouces, but I'm not convinced that anyone really knows the accurate history of Singapore's river bridges.

The following map is from a 1960s street directory, and shows the area covered by this section. We will be following the River from its mouth (by the Anderson Bridge) upstream as far as Pulau Saigon.

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The River Mouth

Anderson Bridge

Cavenagh Bridge

Monkey Bridge

Boat Quay

Elgin Bridge

Coleman Bridge

Read Bridge

Clemenceau Bridge

The Upper Reaches

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