Hoo Ah Kay (Whampoa) was a noted Chinese businessman who ran Whampoa & Co., and, with an uncommon mastery over English, became the first and only Chinese to hold a position as extraordinary member in the Executive Legislative Council. He was also noted for entertaining dinners at his Whampoa home, renamed Bendemeer House and his fascinating Whampoa Gardens. On 10 May 1876, he received the honour of Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (C.M.G.) at a public investiture ceremony held by the Straits Settlements Governor. Hoo Ah Kay (Whampoa) was a shopkeeper who supplied ships with bread and vegetables. He also owned a bakery and an accessories shop. He owned a large gambier plantation and he was the first businessman who produced cash crops in large amount.

 


 

James Johnson, FSA (Scotland) became the first fully qualified librarian appointed on 10 May 1920 at the Raffles Library and Museum. He retired on 23 April 1935 and was replaced by a temporary female librarian, K.E. Savage-Bailey.

 


 

 

On 6 November 1989, it was reported in The Straits Times and The Business Times that the government planned to construct a 140-metre-long and four-metre-wide suspension bridge linking Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. Henderson Waves, which links Mount Faber to Telok Blangah Hill, along with Alexandra Arch, was officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 10 May 2008. The 274-metre-long and eight-metre-wide Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore at 36 m above Henderson Road. Its distinctive wave-like steel-and-timber structure comes from seven undulating curved "ribs" that alternately go above and below the bridge deck. Henderson Waves offers breathtaking views of the city and southern islands.