Rail Mall – The Last Tiger

The Gambier plantations in the Bukit Timah corridor were carved out of jungles infested with wild tigers. Deforestation forced the tigers to prowl the plantations and villages. When the incidents of tiger attacks on plantation coolies increased, the then British government gave rewards for capturing the tigers. The last wild tiger shot in Singapore happened on 26 Oct 1930 at the 10th Mile Choa Chu Kang Village.
Gambier, a crop used to make medicine and dyes, was widely cultivated in Singapore in the 1800s. Many Gambier plantations lined the Bukit Timah corridor leading to Woodlands. This mural depicts a typical Gambier plantation where coolies plucked the harvest, boiled the leaves and sun-dried the liquid extracts. By early 1900s, Gambier plantations were gradually replaced by the more lucrative rubber and pineapple plantations.
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