PORTFOLIO - SCENES of SINGAPORE and MALAYA, and of AUSTRALIA, by
Dick Stone lived in Singapore and Malaya from May 1948 to February 1959. It seemed to suit his life style, as he never complained of it, and although a hard worker, there was much time for pursuit of leisure and social contact. His main interests were painting and photography, and although a reasonable pianist, he rarely played but thoroughly enjoyed music, particularly jazz. During his time in Singapore and Malaya, he worked for the 'Inland Revenue Department', ie the Taxation Office, at at the time of his death, in office, on 16 February 1959, he was Acting Controller of Inland Revenue in Singapore, ready to take the top position. He was forty years of age.
His photography was not particularly creative, being more of the 'capture the scene' photography. There is a photograph of a Chinese woman and her child by a Richard Stone in The Worlds Best Photographs, but I can only assume it was Dad. Malaya and Singapore provided a great opportunity for photography, and perhaps in time these photographs will be somewhat historic as the skyline of Singapore is modernised. I should add that you not find a Malay kampong (village) in Singapore. The Malays were, shall we say, encouraged to leave the island once Singapore gained independence in 1960. In their place rise towers of accomodation, somewhat akin to our Housing Commission flats. The fascinating streets of Chinatown have also been demolished, the triple storey shop houses of Sago Street and the like being raized to make way for modern developments, and the people moved on to the 'modern' multi-storey apartment buildings. I wonder what Dad would have thought of all these developments.
Family note: Richard Stone
kept several albums of photographs, all retained in the family collection,
and passed on to PJS after his death. One particular album is headed 'Singapore
Snapshots (1) 1948-49'. It is well captioned and gives a good run down
on these first two years in Singapore. There are other albums of Singapore
and Malaya but surprisingly, not well captioned. The images that follow
are generally from loose black and white photographs, some of which may
have been also reproduced in the albums; and also a few images scanned
off 35mm slides which Dad took after about the mid 1950s. I should note
also that he was excellent in colouring black and white photographs. I
can recall that special inks are used for the painstaking job. .
|Combination of portfolio
on front of
one of several RNS albums.
|Singapore street scene.|
|Street scene, Chinatown,
later used as basis for painting.
North Bridge Road from Adelphi Hotel.
More street scenes.
|Taxation Office, Singapore.
Supreme Court, Singapore.
Sir Stamford Raffles statue and Fullarton Building in background.
From 26 College Road.
|East India Company Cemetery, Singapore.|
|Adelphi Hotel, Singapore
- where Dad stayed on his arrival in 1948, until accomodation at 26 College
Rod becam available.
Cathay Hotel and cinema, Singapore
|View from Studhyus, Malacca - where Dick Stone worked for the taxation office.|
My parents thought this amusing.
Building of right is Fullarton Building - the taxation office where father died.
|Haw Par Villa.
The colourful statues depicting Chinese fables are now suitably clothed so as not to offence the modern sensibilities.
Supreme Court >
Club (For Europeans
only in those days).
Stevie Stone in third photo.
|Singapore River - perhaps the shortest in the world. And in these days, the most smelliest. But it had a wonderful charm about it.|
|Singapore River scenes.|
|Street hawkers, Singapore.
Far photo - satay vendor.
Devotee with kavadi on head at Hindu festival of devotion.
|Sewing amah, Singapore street.
Kids at the river.
|Kuala Lumpur government
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.
|Fishtrap. (I just cannot remember what it is called in Malay).||The Malaysian art
Adapted for internet, public viewing. 20 July 2013