This is a 1958 British War Office map of Singapore and Johor Bahru (Johore Bahru) published the same month as the State of Singapore Act was passed by the United Kingdom Parliament establishing the State of Singapore. Centering on the island of Singapore, the map also depicts Johor Bahru and the surrounding areas of the extreme southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula. At this point in Singapore's history, it was well on its way to complete self-government and independence from Britain, but was still in the transitional stage. A superb level of detail is present, with Singapore's extensive road network illustrated in detail and differentiated by grade. The island's urban sprawl is also readily apparent, although only a handful of specific buildings are identified. The Pandan Nature Reserve and the Catchment Area Nature Reserve are labeled. The whole is overlaid with a grid that is measured in yards north and yards east. An index in the lower right corner explains the various notations present.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created and published by the Directorate of Military Survey, War Office and Air Ministry in 1958 as Series L707, Sheet 3L/12. This map is catalogued in the OCLC as being part of the collection at three institutions: the University of Chicago, the National Library of Australia, and the Australian War Memorial.
The British War Office (1857 - 1964) was a department of the British Government responsible for the administration of the Royal Army until 1964, when its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Defense. The War Office was to the Royal Army what the Admiralty was to the Royal Navy, and later, the Air Ministry. Within the War Office, the General Staff Topographical Section was responsible for thousands of maps issued for British intelligence and military use. The Topographical Section was renamed Geographical Section in April 1907. Many, once their military use passed, were offered through licensed agents to the general public. The sole London agent for War Office material was Edward Stanford. Learn More...
Very good. Verso repairs at fold separations. Blank on verso.