Gurkha Photo Museum
"These personal photographs, scanned and archived from one retired Gurkha to another, revealed how important it was for these migrant sons to document their time here in Singapore."
The Singapore Gurkha Contingent – over 100 of them – taking part in the National Day Parade 1967 held at The Padang. Chandra Bahadur Thapa shared that they were worried of making marching errors because that meant punishment. However, he felt proud marching with many important people watching the event. Date: 1967. Photo Collection: Chandra Bahadur Thapa / SGPM.
The Singapore Gurkhas competed in the Police Volleyball Championship at Nantah, now known as Nanyang Technological University. They played with Pakistani police officers, which were part of the Police Reserve Unit. They didn't win. Date: 7 Nov 1959. Photo Collection: Chandra Bahadur Thapa / SGPM.
Singapore Gurkha wives and children at the Joo Seng neighbourhood. One afternoon, everyone from Block G decided to take a walk around the camp premises near Joo Seng street. Date: 6 Feb 1989. Photo Collection: Aswin Moktan / SGPM.
Singapore Gurkhas taking a group photograph outside the old training shed at Mount Vernon Camp. The dry goods shop can be found in the background, with the canteen on the left, selling Chinese and Nepali food. Date: Unknown. Photo Collection: Chandra Bahadur Thapa / SGPM.
Portrait of Shivraj Thapa wearing the Nepali topi at Paya Lebar. Date: 1968. Photo Collection: Shivraj Thapa / SGPM.
During National Day, Jembahadur Pun and his friends were keen to watch the Parade live at the stadium. However, they realised that only Singaporeans were allowed tickets to the National Day. watch. They decided to walk from Padang to other parts of the city. Here he sits by the water with the Benjamin Sheares bridge in the background. Date: 9 August 1983. Photo Collection: Jembahadur Pun / SGPM.
A group photograph of Navin Gurung's section at the former Parade Square. After completing training, they were the champion section in the contingent, with the plaque as proof. The cup on the left is awarded to the section commander. Date: 1990. Photo Collection: Navin Gurung / SGPM.
With their guitars at Pasir Ris Park, the Singapore Gurkhas and the young Nepali boys in camp sang songs in their own language. Meanwhile, the portable radio was tuned to Hindi songs. Date: 1978. Photo Collection: Krishna Bahadur Gurung / SGPM.
From left to right, sisters Laxmi Tamang (10), Sharda Tamang (7) and Anjali Tamang (4), pose for a photograph outside Mercantile Bank during a family outing at Raffles Place. Date: February 1967. Photo Collection: Mangalsing Tamang / SGPM.
Kishore Gurung and family visited the Istana while visiting Orchard Road on a Sunday. Far right was the late Jyoti Gurung, daughter of Mukta Bahadur Gurung (4753). Date: Mid 1990s. Photo Collection: Kishore Kumar Gurung / SGPM.
The Gurkhas and their families having their Dasain dinner at the drill shed inside Mount Vernon Camp. Date: 1968. Photo Collection: Shivraj Thapa / SGPM.
Kishore Gurung and wife, Janaki Gurung having a family outing at East Coast, The Gurkha wife on the right is their neighbour at 'S' Block, Mount Vernon Camp. Date: July 1986. Photo Collection: Kishore Kumar Gurung / SGPM.
The Singapore Gurkhas celebrating their Tug of War win at the Police Academy at Thomson. Date: Unknown. Photo Collection: Chandra Bahadur Thapa / SGPM.
Jhabe Thapa taking a photograph in his living room just after he completed his duty in uniform. His family lives at Block Q, where the sergeants stay, inside Mount Vernon Camp. Date: 1985. Photo Collection: Jhabe Thapa / SGPM.
Ishwari Tamang stood along the Singapore River during a family outing. Familiar landmarks include the Anderson Bridge and the then General Post Office. They arrived in Singapore in 1952. Date: February 1967. Photo Collection: Mangalsing Tamang / SGPM.
Shivraj Thapa and Sahabir Thapa sitting on the grass at Mount Vernon Camp, during the Dasain holidays. There was a Chinese man who visited the camp to take photographs of everyone. He returned to sell Shivraj a copy of this photograph. Date: 1970. Photo Collection: Shivraj Thapa / SGPM.
Mangalsing Tamang’s daughters at Pasir Ris beach. Date: Early 1970s. Photo Collection: Aswin Moktan / SGPM.
Arun Kumar Tamang seated left in the Motor Transport (MT) section office. The Singapore Gurkha seated beside him is his senior. Date: Unknown. Photo Collection: Aswin Tamang / SGPM.
Singapore Gurkha wives and children sitting on the grass sandwiched between Block L (left) and Block M in Mount Vernon Camp. Date: 1971. Photo Collection: Aswin Tamang /SGPM.
Studio portrait at a Paya Lebar studio. Arun Kumar Tamang with his wife, Meena Tamang and son – just 7 days old when this portrait was taken. By then, Arun has been in the Singapore Gurkha Contingent for close to eight years. Date: Sep 1972. Photo Collection: Aswin Tamang / SGPM.
Arun Kumar Tamang (6785) with two other Singapore Gurkhas at Pasir Panjang having a picnic. Date: Unknown. Photo Collection: Aswin Moktan / SGPM.
Jembahadur Pun took this picture when he was just learning photography. After finishing his guard duty when he was a recruit, he took a test shot with his camera in his room shared with three other Gurkhas. He bought his camera at Rochor Centre. Date: Mid 1980s. Photo Collection: Jembahadur Pun / SGPM.