Saturday, November 30, 2019

[Demolished Buildings] Government Printing Office

1993 map showing the Singapore National Printers Ltd. - Department of Geography
The building was formerly known as the Government Printing Office till 1973 - Department of Geography
Photo of The former Government Printing Office taken by Mr Lee Kip Lin - National Library Board

The Government Printing Office was first established in 1867. (National Archives of Singapore, 2018) The office was first located in High Street before relocating to the Upper Serangoon Road building in the 1930s. 

Every important document that the government had needed (From annual reports to secret reports) to use were printed in this building.

"It functioned as the Singapore Government's central organization responsible for all printing work from Government Gazettes, Bills, Ordinances, School and Government examination papers and syllabuses, directories, departmental annual reports, Legislative Assembly debates, statistical publications, scientific works, official forms, revenue receipts, account books, registers, to invitation cards, publicity posters, booklets and pamphlets." (National Archives of Singapore, 2018)

It is also said that during the Japanese Occupation, the Japanese took over the building to meet their own printing needs. (National Archives of Singapore, 2018)

The building continued to be used after the war "until 1 April 1973, when it became a private printing company and subsequently renamed as Singapore National Printers (Pte) Ltd." (National Archives of Singapore, 2018)

The first two directors of the company were Mr Kwa Soon Chuan and Ms Julia Yeow Geok Imm, both of whom were civil servants. (National Archive of Singapore)

The present company is now called Toppan Security Printing Pte Ltd. (Toppan, 2019)

- Why did the government choose to locate the office at Upper Serangoon Road? 
- During the Japanese Occupation, which department took charge of the printing office?


Department of Geography. 2016. Singapore Then & Now. National University of Singapore. Retrieved on November 30, 2019.   

National Archive of Singapore. 2018. Retrieved on November 30, 2019.

National Library Board. 2009. Government Printing Office. Retrieved on November 30, 2019. 
Singapore National Printers Pte Ltd Agenda & Minutes of Directors' Meeting.
National Archive of Singapore. Retrieved on November 30, 2019.  

Toppan. 2019. Retrieved on November 30, 2019.

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