Sunday, February 20, 2011
Starting out on our journey
We had mixed feelings, after we randomly picked out the Balestier route for our Heritage Trail assignment. Some of us thought, "What's so nice about Balestier?", others were elated not about the place, but the good food we could find along the Balestier stretch. It turned out, Balestier was no where near boring! The Shophouses and sites, stood the test of time to tell of our past.
Allow us to be your 'virtual guides' down this memory lane where our Burmese Community once settled.
Yours Truly; Daryl, Sebastian, Jocelyn, Jia Hui, Orson, Dennis, (Prinya & Carmen)
Joseph Balestier was the first man who developed this area in 1834 and hence, Balestier Road was named after him. Balestier used to be an area filled with sugarcane plantation and was named Balestier Plain by the founder himself.
So what's so great about this Joseph Balestier guy? Well, he was actually the first American Consul to Singapore. Besides that, we see that 'behind every successful man is a good wife'. In Balestier's case, his wife's background is worth mentioning.
He was married to Maria Revere, the daughter of Paul Revere. Paul Revere is a hero in the American History as he is best remembered for his 'Midnight Ride'. Paul Revere, prior to the Revolutionary War, was able to warn his fellow statesmen about the planned attacks by the British. He is also associated with the famous Liberty Bell in Philidelphia. This 'bell legacy' carried on with his daughter. In 1843, Maria Revere presented the Revere Bell to the church of Saint Andrew. The bell was rung right after the curfews at 8:00pm in the past to warn residents to be alert wasn't a safe place then.