The Cold Storage Company Ltd was established on 8 June 1903 and became the earliest supermarket in Singapore. It opened its first retail operation on 24 March 1905 at Orchard road with frozen meats, poultry and dairy products delivered from Queensland, Australia to Singapore. This first batch of cargo was stored in a 400-ton capacity refrigeration facility in a wharf at Keppel Harbour.



The Iras vacated Fullerton Square building in January 1996, while the last transaction carried out at the POSBank branch was on 17 February 1996. The General Post Office, then the oldest surviving post office building in Singapore, was the last to move out, on 24 March 1996.



Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a type of atypical pneumonia caused by a coronavirus now known as the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that is transmitted through direct contact with the respiratory secretions or body fluids of an infected person. The virus was brought into Singapore in late February 2003 by three Singaporean women who contracted the highly infectious disease while holidaying in Hong Kong. One of them, Esther Mok, was identified as the first “index case” as 22 other close contacts caught the virus from her, sparking the outbreak in Singapore. As more cases surfaced, a number of measures were introduced to deal with the national crisis. On 22 March, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the Communicable Disease Centre became the designated facilities for the isolation and treatment of SARS cases. As a precaution, the Ministry of Health invoked the Infectious Diseases Act on 24 March 2003 to impose home quarantine orders on persons who had been in contact with SARS patients.