|Memories at Old Ford Factory - A World War II Exhibition Gallery on the Japanese Occupation of Singapore (1942-1945). You can also play the 'History in Numbers' Game, visit the Wartime Garden, view Granite Carving, 'He Ping' Sculpture, and view Documentaries on the Japanese Occupation - Check with Reception Counter in the lobby for screening time.
Ford Motor Factory (replacing their old premises on Anson Road) began operations in October 1941 as Southeast Asia's first car assembly plant. Since then, it has remained a prominent landmark in the Upper Bukit Timah area. The National Archives of Singapore, an institution of the National Heritage Board, has restored this gazetted national monument (gazetted on 15 February 2006) and now unveils Memories at Old Ford Factory, a permanent gallery featuring the exhibition 'Syonan Years: Singapore Under Japanese Rule, 1942-1945'.
During the Malayan Campaign, the Factory’s modern assembly equipment was used by the Royal Air Force to assemble fighter planes. However, most of these aircraft never fulfilled their destiny of defending Malaya. They were flown out of Singapore towards the end of Jan 1942, when prospects for Singapore looked bleak.
The Old Ford Factory building is significant as it was here on 15 February 1942 that Lt.-Gen. A. E. Percival, Commander of the British Forces in Singapore, surrendered to General Yamashita of the Japanese forces here. Lt.-Gen Percival received permission to surrender Singapore to the Japanese and together with two staff officers and an interpreter, left the bunkers at Fort Canning and arrived at the Ford Motor Works at 5.15pm to meet General Yamashita and his officers. Singapore was renamed Syonan-To (Light of the South) on 16 February 1942, which ushered in three years and eight months of Japanese rule.
During the Japanese Occupation, the Ford Factory was used for the manufacture of Nissan trucks and as a depot for servicing army vehicles. Continued to be a service depot for the military two years after the Japanese Occupation ended, catering to British army vehicles. Thereafter, it resumed its original function of being a car assembly until 1980, when it was closed. For several years after, it was used as a warehouse. Memories at Old Ford Factory opens to the public on 20 February 2006.
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