A visibly invisible community, their role was thrust into prominence during the communal riots in the 1950s & 60s – keeping the peace as an impartial force.

Yet, photographs, or visual representations, of the Gurkhas by the state and its organs, as well as the media depict them the same way as their boilerplate introductions: stern, steely and singular.

These personal photographs, scanned and archived from one retired Gurkha to another, revealed how important it was for these migrant sons to document their time here in Singapore. 

 
Singapore Gurkha wives and children sitting on the grass sandwiched between Block L (left) and Block M in Mount Vernon Camp. Date: 1971. Photo Collection: Aswin Tamang /SGPM.

Singapore Gurkha wives and children sitting on the grass sandwiched between Block L (left) and Block M in Mount Vernon Camp. Date: 1971. Photo Collection: Aswin Tamang /SGPM.