Individual Contribution 1 (Hawkers) ( image (Description (This source…
Individual Contribution 1
This source is a picture of many Hawkers gathered together at the junction of a wide road near where some ships are docked.
National Library’s Board
I choose this source as it clearly shows how tough their jobs were,having to squat on the road for almost the entire day. It also shows how filthy their environment is.
This source shows me that between the during the British colonaization of Singapore, many people still chose to be a hawker despite the intense competition with other hawkers as in the picture, there were many hawkers squatting at the same area,selling their items.
National Archives of Singapore
I chose this source as I can infer from the picture that everyone uses hawker’s services in the past. The man in the picture looks wealthy as he is wearing a pair of leather shoes and western-styled clothes. If he is also buying from a hawker, poor people most likely relied on it for affordable food and daily necessities more than him.
This source is a picture of a customer browsing through a hawker’s items for sale. There is a variety of items placed on a mat in front of the hawker raging from shoes to hammers and pliers.
“Research suggests that itinerant street hawkers have been around since the 1800s, though there is no definitive record of when street hawking started in Singapore.”
The Straits Times
I can infer from this source that street hawkers had a very physically tough job then expected. The source states that “itinerant street hawkers have been around since the 1800s”. This shows that the hawkers have to carry their heavy goods around Singapore, trying to sell them to customers.
This source is from a newspaper article of hawkers in the past stating that they carried their goods around to sell.
This source is a photo of vehicles fighting for space along a road with hawkers.
I can infer from this source that hawkers’ job were dangerous. The picture shows cars driving extremely close to the hawker’s stall. This shows that hawkers might sometimes be putting their own lives in danger as cars may hit their stalls and injure their customers, damage their properties and even risking their own life. This shows that to make a living, hawkers were willing to risk their lives.
Singapore Press Holdings
“Among the many types of hawkers, food hawkers formed the largest group. As there were insufficient eating houses in the city, these roadside vendors performed an important function of providing quick and cheap meals to the coolies labouring at the docks and godowns, and the local clerks and messengers working in offices. They also served the large population of city dwellers who did not cook in their quarters.”
This source is a text from the Nationals Library Board’s online encyclopedia.
I chose this source as I can infer that hawkers were an important part of Singaporeans everyday life. It says from the text that “As there were insufficient eating houses in the city, these roadside vendors performed an important function of providing quick and cheap meals to the coolies labouring at the docks and godowns, and the local clerks and messengers working in offices. They also served the large population of city dwellers who did not cook in their quarters.” This shows that many citizens relied on Hawkers for food everyday. Thus, hawkers were in high demand at that time which could ensure a source of income and they did not require large sums of money to build a business.
National Library Board