Singapore and Malaya

in the 1960s

Including school photos taken at the Royal Naval School,Sembawang,Singapore and Kebunteh School in Malaya in the 1950s,1960s & 1970s

Also many shots of the Naval Base,Tiger Balm Gardens,Tang's and just about anything else you can remember from there in the 1960's!

Pages updated on 2nd September 2013. Updates appear in 1950s, KD Malaya and the Army section. Sorry, the site needs a complete overhaul but unfortunately I haven't got time to do it.

Sembawang gate

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Here's a photo of my Royal Naval School badge from Singapore. Many of us had these at the time but, unfortunately, many have been lost over the years. If, like me, you're nostalgic for anything connected with our time in Singapore and Malaya, you probably, if you've lost yours, would like another one. The good news is that I have had replicas made and I'm selling them for 2.99 each.

The badges are the same as the originals and are made from metal and enamel.

If you want one, please send a cheque for 2.99 made payable to Derek Tait (postage and packing within the UK is 80p). Alternatively, you can pay be PayPal by clicking the button below.

There are more details here

New Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans blog!

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Also, new Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans Facebook page.

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New home movies.Added on 4th May 2009. Also new photos added to Kebunteh Naval School on 5th September, 2009. New photo added to 1950s classes on 18th March 2011.

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The guestbook has been filling up fast and was never very good at recording people's complete messages, so I have now set up a message forum. This will take over from the guest book but the guestbook entries remain in case anyone wants to look through them.

Message board


Royal Naval School,Sembawang,Singapore

Class photos from the 1950's.

Class photos from the 1960's.

Class photos from the 1970's.

Sports Day 1950's.

Sports Day 1960's.

Christmas 1950's.

Christmas 1960's.

Prize giving 1950's.

Prize giving 1960's.

Other group Naval Base photos 1950's/1960's.

Kebunteh Naval School,Malaya

Kebunteh School in the 1960s.

Army Xmas party at the Government Guest House, Johore Bahru

Army Xmas party at the Government Guest House, Johore Baharu.

The School Bus.

Rotheram Gate at the other end of the Naval Base.

TV shows we watched in Singapore and Malaya in the 1960s .

Other photos taken at the same time

Downtown Singapore.

Downtown Penang.

Sembawang 1960's.

KD Malaya 1960's.

George's Steak House,Malaya 1960's.


Penang Hill Railway.

Botanical Gardens,Penang.

Snake Temple,Penang.

Ayeritam Temple,Penang.

Tiger Balm Gardens in the 1960's.

Britannia Club in the 1960's.

HMS Terror in the 1960's.

Aggie Weston's,HMS Terror in the 1960's.

Geoff Cooper's photos from the 1960s(includes Tiger Balm Gardens,HMS Terror,Banyans and much more)

Gavin Floyd's photos and memorabilia from the 1960s

Other photos taken during the 1960's.

Where is Poon?

Anyone know Ron Spurrier?

The Norsworthy family's photos

Thomas 'Bing' Crosbie's photos and memories featuring the Brit Club, HMS Terror,the Magnolia Man, Snakes,Moths etc

Dougie Don's home movies from the 1960s of Singapore

Want to know what Sandycroft in Penang looks like now? Watch this movie of Dalat School.

Some more recent movies showing all the places we loved to visit.

Vintage photos of Singapore.

Vintage photos of Penang.


Dockyard main gate, Workshop Road

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Updated on

2nd September 2013

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Photo credits:Thanks to Pete Banks,Richard White,Ian Hovey,Ian Harris,Kenny Symmons,Ralph Parks,Mike Rendle,Randal McDowell,Colin Bull,Sue Fraser,Lynette Jacques,Marcia Headon,Dennis D. Lund,Dee Hinton,Ric Francis,Anthony Carry,Kayes at PenangTalk,Richard Freeman & Simon Lester,Tim Light,Graham Lamont,Gavin Floyd,Tom O'Brien,Geoff Cooper,Alison McAndie,Don Watson and everyone else mentioned on the site for the photos.

If you want more,check out Tom O'Brien's excellent Singapore site at:

Memories of Singapore