Chinese Funeral Resources at the National Archives of Singapore (NAS)

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19990007475 – 0002S349584Funerals — Void decks below Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats, like this one at Toa Payoh, are often used for holding Chinese wakes and funerals. The two white lanterns provide information on the deceased’s name and gender (left) and age (right).01/07/1980Ronni Pinsler
19990002707 – 039ISEAS/LAE/011358Chinese funeral hearse1980sISEAS
19990002707 – 041ISEAS/LAE/011360Chinese funeral hearse1980sISEAS
19990002707 – 046ISEAS/LAE/011365Chinese funeral procession1980sISEAS
19990002707 – 038ISEAS/LAE/011357Chinese funeral1980sISEAS
19990002707 – 040ISEAS/LAE/011359Chinese funeral hearse1980sISEAS
19990002707 – 044ISEAS/LAE/011363Chinese funeral procession1980sISEAS
19990002707 – 047ISEAS/LAE/011366Chinese funeral procession1980sISEAS
19990002707 – 042ISEAS/LAE/011361Chinese funeral band at a funeral procession1980sISEAS
19990002707 – 045ISEAS/LAE/011364Chinese funeral procession1980sISEAS
19990002707 – 043ISEAS/LAE/011362Chinese funeral band at a funeral procession1980sISEAS
19990007472 – 013S349265Family members dressed in sack cloth and white outfits traditionally used at teochew funerals. At the funeral of lau chit kee hiang opera troupe boss. Family members will have to remain present with the coffin during the seven day wake01/05/1983Ronni Pinsler
19990007476 – 0069S349761Funeral — series of photographs showing mourners in sack cloth and mourning attire at taoist funerals01/09/1978Ronni Pinsler
19990007476 – 0070S349762Funeral — series of photographs showing mourners in sack cloth and mourning attire at taoist funerals01/09/1978Ronni Pinsler
19990007476 – 0071S349763Funeral — series of photographs showing mourners in sack cloth and mourning attire at taoist funerals01/10/1978Ronni Pinsler
19990007476 – 0072S349764Funeral — series of photographs showing mourners in sack cloth and mourning attire at taoist funerals01/10/1978Ronni Pinsler
19990007476 – 0073S349765Funeral — series of photographs showing mourners in sack cloth and mourning attire at taoist funerals01/10/1978Ronni Pinsler
19990007476 – 0074S349766Funeral — series of photographs showing mourners in sack cloth and mourning attire at taoist funerals01/10/1978Ronni Pinsler
19990007476 – 0065S349757Funeral — series of photographs showing mourners in sack cloth and mourning attire at taoist funerals01/11/1976Ronni Pinsler
19990007476 – 0066S349758Funeral — series of photographs showing mourners in sack cloth and mourning attire at taoist funerals01/09/1977Ronni Pinsler
19990007476 – 0067S349759Funeral — series of photographs showing mourners in sack cloth and mourning attire at taoist funerals01/09/1978Ronni Pinsler
19990007476 – 0068S349760Funeral — series of photographs showing mourners in sack cloth and mourning attire at taoist funerals01/09/1978Ronni Pinsler
PCD0385 – 00482003,0523/21Shop making and selling coffins in Sago Lane. A one-way street, connecting South Bridge Road to Banda Street, Sago Lane got its name from the many sago factories that used to be there in the 1840s. It was also popularly known for the Chinese “death houses” there. People believed to be living the last days of their lives, some of whom were destitutes, would be left at death houses to die. A “death house” consisted of a funeral parlour on the ground floor and a living space on the first. Hence, there were many shops in Sago Lane that sold paraphernalia used in funerals, such as paper models of buildings and vehicles, fake notes, clothes and flowers. These things were burnt for the deceased in the Chinese belief that a one could bring one’s belongings to the next world when one dies. Likewise, there were several coffin shops, like the one shown in the photo.30/04/1971SPH
PCD0385 – 00552003,0524/2/10Stilt walkers at a chinese funeral procession at River Valley Road. Stilt walkers are now rarely seen at funerals04/05/1971SPH
20060000335 – 0044UA/F2005/00075Mourners kneeling at Chinese funeral at Sago Lane, Singapore1950Abn Ambro
20060000335 – 0040UA/F2005/00071An elderly lady and taoist priest preparing for Chinese funeral at Sago Lane, Singapore1955Abn Ambro
PCD0385 – 00462003,0523/27A shop that makes coffins in Sago Lane, chinatown30/04/1971SPH
PCD0214 – 090T2002,25090“Death House” at Sago Lane.10/09/1951SPH
19990003442 – 004891,134/7A“Death House” at Sago Lane.1960
19990003433 – 005291,101/24A“Death House” at Sago Lane.02/01/1962
19990003433 – 005791,101/29A“Death House” at Sago Lane.02/01/1962
19990003433 – 005191,101/22A“Death House” at Sago Lane.02/01/1962
19990003433 – 005491,101/26A“Death House” at Sago Lane.02/01/1962
19990008785 – 0012S35821201/07/1980
19990008785 – 0095S35829501/02/1979
19990008785 – 0029S35822901/05/1983
19990008785 – 0033S35823301/11/1980
19990008785 – 0031S35823101/05/1983
19980005592 – 003089,023/24View of a Chinese funeral procession passing outside military camp of RAF (Royal Air Force) Tengah, Singapore01/06/1950
19990003438 – 003691,118/29Chinese funeral at New Bridge Road1962
19990003438 – 003791,118/30Chinese funeral at New Bridge Road1962
2005-006739-KFW91,118/31Chinese funeral at New Bridge Road1962
19990003438 – 003991,118/32Chinese funeral at New Bridge Road1962
20060000335 – 0044UA/F2005/00075Mourners kneeling at Chinese funeral at Sago Lane, Singapore1950
20100000306 – 0012Chinese funeral band members in a lorry during funeral procession, c.1950sc.1950s
20100000306 – 0013Lorry in a Chinese funeral procession displaying strips of cloth given to family of deceased. Names of the donors are displayed on cloth, c.1950sc.1950s
19980005901 – 0030R05/05Chinese funeral procession in Singaporec.1905
19980005095 – 009786,352/32Chinese funeral procession in Singaporec.1905
19980002919 – 00761900s
19980005768 – 003393,442/21A Chinese Funeral procession, Singaporec.1905
19980005819 – 007893,473/24Chinese Funeral Party, Singapore1900s
20080000050 – 00582007-001505-NASA Chinese Funeral Procession Along Handy Road, In Front Of Cathay Cinemac.1963
19980005700 – 006393,088/18Chinese Funeral & Mourners At Sims Avenue1950
19980005713 – 009693,148/24Chinese Funeral Of Mrs Seah Liang Seah1960
19980006558 – 0004S10872Chinese Funeral, Singapore1900s
19980005879 – 0039LKC02/06Chinese Funeral, Singapore1900s
19980006560 – 0066S11180Chinese Funeral, Singaporec.1911
19980005113 – 0011S1720Chinese Funeral Procession1920s
19980005110 – 0086S1427Chinese Funeral, Singapore1900s
19980005504 – 004192,157/10Chinese Funeral Procession, Singapore1930s
19990003433 – 010491,103/14Chinese Funeral Rites02/01/1963
19990003433 – 010591,103/15Chinese Funeral Rites02/01/1963
19990003433 – 010791,103/17Chinese Funeral Rites02/01/1963
19990003433 – 010891,103/18Chinese Funeral Rites02/01/1963
19990003434 – 000191,103/21Chinese Funeral Rites02/01/1963
19990002488 – 009T2000,0306A Straits Chinese Funeral Procession1920s-1940s
19990002488 – 011T2000,0308A Straits Chinese Funeral Procession1920s-1940s
19990002488 – 008T2000,0305Straits Chinese Funeral Procession, Yong Sun Studio, Singapore1920s-1940s
19990002488 – 013T2000,0310A Straits Chinese Funeral Procession1920s-1940s
19990002488 – 018T2000,0316A Straits Chinese Funeral Procession1920s-1940s
20060000340 – 00772005-008640-NASChinese Funeral Procession1920
19990003440 – 010391,127/22AA Chinese Funeral Procession1965
19990003440 – 009791,127/16AA Chinese Funeral Procession1965
19990003440 – 009891,127/17AA Chinese Funeral Procession1965
19990003440 – 009991,127/18AA Chinese Funeral Procession With Stilt Walkers1965
19990003440 – 010191,127/20AA Chinese Funeral Procession With Stilt Walkers1965
19990003440 – 010291,127/21AA Chinese Funeral Procession1965