With the advancement and economic development of our society,
many of the trades that were common in Singapore are fast disappearing.
The younger generation who want to know more about these trades
practised by the older the generation may find it difficult to gather
relevant information on the subject. This is because there is a dearth
of reading materials on these tradesmen, the intricacies, skills and
parapthernalia essential to these trades.
Therefore, we decided to work together as a group to try our
best to gather information from various sources, for example, books,
internet, cd-roms etc. and present what we had done for our research
into this website.
Some of the interviewees had already passed away. Some of the
trades no longer exist. The rest of the tradesmen, however, face the
prospect of ahving to terminate their business one day. This could
be due to factors like the lack of successors to take over their
business, or a combination of a few other factors.
The tales of seemingly ordinary people are actually bits and
pieces that make up our history. By gathering these bits and pieces,
we can better reflect upon our past customs and lifestyles. From the
interviews, we get to understand the hardships our ancestors went
through in their fight for survival; how they contributed to the
country's prosperity. They had their moments of joy and glory. They
had their golden age. However, why did these trades succumb to the
tides of time? These are issues of our heritage that we need to ponder