20 February 2014 15:45 | By Chua Yan Yu
Pioneer Generation - 5 vanished trades that helped build the nation

From storytellers to night soil collectors, they have all contributed significantly to Singapore in their own ways.



Night Soil Carrier, film developers (© National Archives of Singapore (NAS), The State Journal-Register)
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Without the contributions of our pioneers, Singapore will not be where it is today. And this is why Singapore introduced the Pioneer Generation Package as a “sincere expression” of the country’s gratitude for their contributions.

The pioneers, who are defined as Singaporeans, who were born in 1949 and earlier and who became citizens before 1987, were part of Singapore’s anti-colonial struggle, the battle against the communists and the separation from Malaysia and independence in 1965.

Despite the hardships they faced during the tough times, their loyalty to the nation never wavered, and together, they painstakingly built the nation.

Be it the Samsui women, who helped build many architectures in Singapore, or night soil collectors, they have all contributed significantly to Singapore in their own ways.

Alas, as the society progressed, some of their trades vanished and are almost unheard of by the younger generation.

Follow xinmsn as we look back at our pioneer generation’s contributions and how some of these occupations became part of history along the way.

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