|Signboard of Mount Emily Park|
Mount Emily Park is pretty much a quiet old dame of a park that offers nothing more than serenity. Surrounded by private housing, St. Margaret Primary School and the Istana grounds, the park sits on an elevation far beyond the noise of any vehicular movements. Even though the park itself is within the Central Business District.
Behind its quiet facade, the park grounds hold rich history of Singapore's past. Mount Emily was previously known as Bukit Rawa.
|Closer look at the Coat-of-Arms|
One of the first structures that you will see at the park is this entrance shelter. Sited in the rock wall of this structure is an emblem of yesteryear. This emblem is a coat of arms granted to the Municipal Commission by the College of Heralds in April 1948. (1) The colours featured on the coat-of-arms are largely intact and it's such a throwback to see this in person.
It is said that this was the entrance to the former Mt. Emily Swimming Pool. This is where the part about it having a rich history begins.
Reservoir and Mount Emily Swimming Pool
|Mt. Emily Reservoir (2)|
|1954 Map from OneMap (4)|
Mount Emily Park
|Panoramic view of the park|
In the early 1900s, Mount Emily Park was seen as a popular retreat of those staying close by. There was a band that played in the afternoon. Parents and children would also spend time playing together. (6)
|Some of the oldest trees seen in the park|
With such a rich history to this park, surely it must be made into a place of interest for local Singaporeans.
Last updated: August 19, 2015
1. Lim, J. November 7, 2014. A crestfallen ghost of the past. The Long and Winding Road. Accessed on August 16, 2015. https://thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com/tag/singapore-municipal-commission/
2. National Archive of Singapore. Accessed on August 16, 2015. http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/photographs/record-details/ae41408a-1161-11e3-83d5-0050568939ad
3. The Singapore Free Press & Mercantile Advertiser. September 17, 1929. New Emily Park. P9.
4. OneMap. Accessed on August 16, 2015. http://www.onemap.sg/index.html
5. The Singapore Free Press & Mercantile Advertiser. January 1, 1931. Mount Emily. P20.
6. The Singapore Free Press & Mercantile Advertiser. January 12, 1931. A Big Splash. P20.
7. Mount Emily Swimming Pool. December 20, 2012. Accessed on August 16, 2015. http://rememberingsingapore.blogspot.sg/2012/12/mount-emily-swimming-pool.html