This photo of the plaque on Elgin Bridge with the courtesy of the URA.
The 81-year-old plaque on Elgin Bridge reads:
“The first bridge across the Singapore River, a wooden one called Presentment Bridge was constructed at this location in 1823. Its narrowness limited the number of people who could use it and a ferry service existed to facilitate the crossing. By the 1840’s the road was constructed and the bridge divided it into North Bridge Road and South Bridge Road.
At the turn of the century, more business was done on the south of the bridge and hence South Bridge Road became known as “TUA PO” [big town in Fujian] and North Bridge Road as “SIO PO” [small town]. The bridge underwent reconstruction three times and the present Elgin Bridge, named after a former Viceroy of India built in 1925″.
Following my recent blog ” The Bridge that link Tua Por to Sio Por “.
North Bridge Road to celebrate the end of the Japanese Occupation in Singapore.
Boat Quay in 1950s before the clean-up of Singapore River. (Source: NAS).