by A Total TaiTai Tale


Monday Murals – Gambier Plantation at The Rail Mall by Yip Yew Chong

I almost didn’t see this mural as it was in a different part of the Rail Mall and a car was parked in front of it at first.

Gambier was a popular crop in the 19th century, for making medicine and dyes for fabrics and leather. The mural offers a glimpse of how the crop was plucked, boiled and sun-dried.

Gambier plantations existed even before Raffles arrived in Singapore in 1819. Owned mostly by Teochews and Malays, they lined present day Upper Bukit Timah Road, Seletar and Thomson areas. Many plantation farmers were killed by tigers in the Upper Bukit Timah area, to the extent that the British gave rewards to farmers and hunters who in turn, killed the tigers (lookout for this mural!)

By the late 19th century, Gambier plantations were replaced by the more profitable rubber and pineapple plantations. By 1930, the last tiger in Singapore was killed at the ‘10th Mile’ Choa Chu Kang 

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