Arun Kumar Tamang (left) seated in the Motor Transport (MT) section office. The Singapore Gurkha seated beside him is his senior. Date: Unknown. Photo Collection: Aswin Tamang / SGPM.

Arun Kumar Tamang (left) seated in the Motor Transport (MT) section office. The Singapore Gurkha seated beside him is his senior. Date: Unknown. Photo Collection: Aswin Tamang / SGPM.

Shivraj Thapa and Sahabir Thapa sitting on the grass at Mount Vernon Camp, during the Dasain holidays. There was a Chinese man who visited the camp to take photographs of everyone. He returned to sell Shivraj a copy of this photograph. Date: 1970. Photo Collection: Shivraj Thapa / SGPM.

Shivraj Thapa and Sahabir Thapa sitting on the grass at Mount Vernon Camp, during the Dasain holidays. There was a Chinese man who visited the camp to take photographs of everyone. He returned to sell Shivraj a copy of this photograph. Date: 1970. Photo Collection: Shivraj Thapa / SGPM.

 

Titled Singapore Gurkha Photography Museum, it is the first photographic archive of the Singapore Gurkha community displayed publicly online.

These old photographs span from the 1950s till today – with a focus on the 1950s, 60s and 70s. 

 
Mangalsing Tamang’s daughters at Pasir Ris beach. Date: Early 1970s. Photo Collection: Aswin Moktan / SGPM.

Mangalsing Tamang’s daughters at Pasir Ris beach. Date: Early 1970s. Photo Collection: Aswin Moktan / SGPM.

Arun Kumar Tamang (6785) with two other Singapore Gurkhas at Pasir Panjang having a picnic. Date: Unknown. Photo Collection: Aswin Moktan / SGPM.

Arun Kumar Tamang (6785) with two other Singapore Gurkhas at Pasir Panjang having a picnic. Date: Unknown. Photo Collection: Aswin Moktan / SGPM.

 

Some of the archive’s objectives include:

  • To document and preserve precious photographs of the community during the establishment and early days of the Singapore Police Force Gurkha Contingent

  • To become an important visual archive for research and understanding of Singapore’s history

  • To provide a platform that facilitates conversation and understanding of a migrant community among Singaporeans or between them and the Singapore Gurkha community. 

 

*This first-phase of this project was supported by the National Heritage Board (NHB), Heritage Participation Grant.