To commemorate the 73rd Anniversary of the Battle for Singapore and the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Singapore, NHB will present an exhibition titled Case Files from the Singapore War Crimes Tribunal. The exhibition focuses on the key WWII incidents and war time atrocities committed by the Japanese, as well as accounts of the investigations undertaken by the tribunal between 1945 and 1948.
Through the use of photographs, WWII artefacts, court transcripts and video clips, the exhibition will present key cases covering war crimes committed at Alexandra Hospital, Selarang Barracks, Oxley Rise, Outram Goal, Arab Street and on board the Hofuku Maru, as well as during Sook Ching, Double Tenth, and Operations Jaywick and Rimau.
Battle for Singapore Public Talk
15 Mar | 2pm - 5pm | The Salon, Level 1 | Free with registration
The Adam Park Project
2pm - 3.20pm
In the last six years, The Adam Park Project (TAPP) team, led by battlefield archaeologist Jon Cooper has been surveying and researching the WWII heritage of Adam Park estate. Over the course of 25 site surveys, more than 1,500 suspected WWII artefacts have been recovered, and the TAPP team has worked with researchers around the world to amass an impressive collection of research materials, diaries, logs, letters and personal papers.
This talk will provide a progress update on TAPP and highlight the TAPP team’s recommendations of key recovered artefacts that best portray the Adam Park WWII story.
About the Speaker: Jon Cooper is a battlefield archaeologist from Glasgow University’s Centre for Battlefield Archaeology and a project manager for the Adam Park Project (TAPP). He has spent the last 6 years researching and surveying the Adam Park estate and its WWII heritage.
Memories of the War in Singapore
3.40pm - 5pm
15 February 1942 is an important date in the history of Singapore and Australia as nations as the date marked the Fall of Singapore to Japan in WWII.
For Singapore, it marked the start of three and half years of Japanese Occupation while for Australia, it marked the nation’s largest wartime defeat and military loss. After the end of WWII, Singaporeans and Australians remember the Fall of Singapore differently and these memories reflect less the realities of WWII and more the different cultural and national identities of the two nations.
This talk will explore the themes and influences that shape the two nations’ memory of a single event on 15 February 1942.
About the Speaker: Dr John Kwok is a war historian and history researcher with the National Heritage Board (NHB). He earned his PhD degree at the University of Wollongong and went on to complete his postdoctoral work at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. Before joining NHB, he taught history subjects at NIE and NTU.
Please email to NHB-Battle-SG@nhb.gov.sg
Photo Courtesy of Imperial War Museum.