First bridge over Singapore River
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It was an unnamed footbridge that provided the crossing, immortalised in illustrations of old Singapore and the River.
The first bridge over the Singapore River was an unnamed wooden footbridge, erected in 1819. It is presumed that the location then was where Elgin Bridge stands today. In 1822, it was replaced by another narrow wooden footbridge, the Presentment Bridge, built in November 1822 under the direction of Philip Jackson, Lieutenant. The Presentment Bridge, also known as Monkey Bridge, was the only crossing on the Singapore River until the Coleman Bridge was built in 1840, over another section of the river. The Presentment Bridge was a predecessor to the Elgin Bridge.
This first narrow, unnamed wooden footbridge, can be seen in illustrations and artists' impressions of early Singapore and the Singapore River.
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(Call no.: SING 354.5957008609)
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(Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW)
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(Call no.: RSING 959.57 TYE)
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(Call no.: RSING 526.90924 THO. H)
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