Singapore Burning: Heroism and Surrender in World War II

Colin Smith

There is a good description of Singapore in the early years in this book.

The 10- story Fullerton Building was completed in 1928. It was named after the first governor of the Straits Settlement. If faces the pier and was one the first sights passengers arriving by ship would see.

The venerable Singapore Club took the upper floors, including the attic which was converted into bedrooms for members to stay.

Another tenant was the General Post Office, known as the GPO to us working next door in Malayan Bank Chambers. The GPO occupied three floors. The ground has a 300-foot curved counter, the longest of its kind in the world. (p 21 paperback ed)

Fullerton Building is now converted into the 5-star Fullerton Hotel. When I last stayed there about 7 years ago, they have a wonderful afternoon tea in the lobby. The deluxe room that I stayed in has the most beautiful night view of the rooftop ship structure of the Marina Bay Sands resort.

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