Friday, August 30, 2013

Then and Now – Anamalai Avenue

Here are two photos of Anamalai Avenue. The top photo is from the PictureSG website hosted by the NLB. It is accompanied by the following explanation; “This 1993 photograph shows Bukit Timah Road, towards Anamalai Avenue (southwards).” Actually, I think this explanation is incorrect. The photo actually shows Anamalai Avenue towards Bukit Timah Road. You can refer to the second photo which was taken by me earlier this month.


On the left of this photo is the Royalville Condo. Beyond this is Bt Timah Rd and behind the trees is the Bukit Timah Canal.

As you can see, the old shops are all gone. In its place is a new building which houses a branch of the OCBC Bank. Previously, the bank was located at the other end of Sixth Avenue Centre, nearest to the traffic lights. Do you know what was the name of this bank previously?



It was known as Keppel - Tat Lee Bank. And before that, it was simply Tat Lee Bank.

2 comments:

Pat said...

From post: "NLB [...]: “This 1993 photograph shows Bukit Timah Road, towards Anamalai Avenue (southwards).” Actually, I think this explanation is incorrect. The photo actually shows Anamalai Avenue towards Bukit Timah Road."

I think you are spot-on ... I seem to see a road-turning signage in the LHS background of NLB's 1993 photo. In which case, the tall building beside the ramshackle shops would be the Sixth Ave Centre (completed: 1985) w/o the OCBD extension.

Here's a Google Street View vantage (beside Royalville Condo entrance along Anamalai Ave) that compares better with NLB's photo. It seems that between 1993 & the present day, this stretch of Anamalai Ave had shrunk from almost 2 car-widths each way to strictly 1 car-width each way.

On the other hand, NLB's description appears to describe the alternative vantage point (Google Street View) along Bt Timah Rd, where a queue of cars are waiting alongside Sixth Ave Centre to turn into Anamalai Ave.

Comparing Google's Oct 2008 capture along Bt Timah Rd (at the Anamalai Ave turning) with your recent photo (with hoarding & some sort of facade banner), is the OCBC extension getting taller or having its facade refurbished ? Any idea when this structural extension was built ?

Btw I came across these NHB PICAS photos showing Anamalai Ave as a rocky dirt track back in 1959 -- funeral pall-bearers & mourners were walking towards a certain Chye Teng Teoh Cemetery when they were waylaid by more than 50 gangsters: Funeral Part Ambushed (ST - 25 Jan 1959). Ever come across any remnants of the said cemetery along/ near Anamalai Ave ?

Chun See Lam said...

Pat. For your info, those cars along BT Rd are not waiting to turn into Anamalai Ave. They are parked/waiting illegally while the owners do their business in the OCBC bank.

Although I travel here frequently, I cannot remember exactly which year the OCBC branch was built. Probably 7 or 8 years ago. The hoarding in front of the bank is just part of the finishing touches to the new bldg; probably the steps.

Thanks for that link to the interesting ST article and photos of the Anamalai gang fight/ambush of 1959. Throws some light on the geography of that area that is worth further study.