The Site of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus in by Sandra Hudd

By Sandra Hudd

The website of the Convent of the Holy boy or girl Jesus in Singapore: Entwined Histories of a Colonial Convent and a kingdom, 1854–2015 explores key matters and advancements in colonial and postcolonial Singapore through studying one specific web site in significant Singapore: the previous Convent of the Holy child Jesus, demonstrated in 1854 and now a meals and leisure complicated. The Convent was once an early supplier of social prone and women’ education—almost a mini-city inside partitions, together with a thriving neighborhood of faculties, an orphanage, and a women’s refuge.

World conflict II and the japanese profession, through the production of the recent Republic of Singapore, offered a brand new set of demanding situations, however it was once the convent’s measurement and best position that made it appealing for city redevelopment within the Eighties and resulted in govt acquisition, demolition of a few constructions, and the remaining placed out to non-public soft. The chapel and the previous nuns’ place of dwelling are categorised as nationwide Monuments yet, in keeping with govt coverage of adaptive re-use of background websites, the advanced now comprises bars and eating places, and the deconsecrated chapel is used for marriage ceremony receptions and events.

Tracking the actual and utilization alterations of the positioning, this publication works to make experience of that eventful trip, a paradoxical trip that strikes simply in time, no longer in area, and contains deserted infants, French nuns, jap bombings, and twenty-first century dance events. In a society that has gone through substantial switch economically and socially, and, primarily, transitioned from a small colonial company to a prosperous self sufficient city-state, these actual adjustments and differing usages of the Convent website through the years tune the adjustments within the nation.

The wider ongoing tensions among history conservation and the trendy worldwide urban are explored through studying what has been selected for protection, the quintessentially Singaporean hybridity of the industrial reuse of historical structures, in addition to the nostalgia for what has been lost.

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