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Overland Adventures of the Sea Scouts in the 1960s

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100 Victoria Street National Library Board Singapore

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A rare opportunity to hear from Sea Scouts who travelled from Singapore to London by sea and land in the 1960s.

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From 1959 to 1962, the Sea Scouts embarked on four remarkable overland expeditions. In this session we will get to hear from four Sea Scouts who were part of the 1962 expedition - Lawrence Soh, Peter Lim, Sng Chin Seng and William Ho. Barely adults, they traversed India, the Middle East and Europe on a shoestring budget to reach their final destination - England. From there, they settled down to study and worked to support themselves. Find out about their two-month journey through a world quite different from the one we live in today. You will also get an insider peek into the history of the Sea Scouts in Singapore and the unique circumstances in which these expeditions first began!

These stories and more can be found in Navigating & Transforming Lives: A Chronology of the 34th and 1801 Sea Scouts, which is available for loan at the libraries and for purchase at the event.

About the Speakers 

Lawrence Soh

Born in Singapore during World War II, Lawrence Soh joined his school’s Scouts group at the age of 12 and then the 34th Sea Scouts group in the year 1956, attracted by the bugle and drum band and also the sea activities of the group.  He was selected in 1959 as one of the six sea scouts to represent Singapore Contingent at the 10th World Scouts Jamboree at Makiling, Philippines. As team leader of the 1962 expedition, he led a group of nine other Sea Scouts to make the overland trip from India to the UK.  Juggling work with studies he managed to complete his training and the final part of the ACCA-professional accountancy examination in 1969.  Today at the age of 77 he is still working as an accountant and a partner of a firm. 

Peter Lim

Born in Singapore in 1943, Peter Lim was one of the 10 scouts who left Singapore in 1962 for England by overland journey through India, the MiddleEast and Europe. After working and part-time study, he entered full time professional training in Graphic Design with the London College of Printing in London in 1969, and graduated in 1972. He returned to Singapore to set up a graphic design studio from 1974-1984. He has since worked in the fields of childcare and education. In 2020, Peter Lim published an autobiography entitled "Life After Bahau- From Adversity in War to a Life Time of Achievement" which is available for purchase at the event.

Sng Chin Seng

Born in Singapore in 1943, Sng Chin Seng joined 34th Perak House Sea Scouts Group in 1959 after gaining his Royal Life Savings Society Award of Merit, and the St. John’s Ambulance First Aid Certification. Together with nine other brother scouts, he left Singapore in 1962 on an overland journey to England through India, the Middle East and Europe. Years later, he gained his Institute Practitioner Radio Engineering membership, and returned to Singapore to work in the phonographic and records industry in the 70s. He is now a life member of the 34-1801 Sea Scouts Guild. 

William Ho

William Ho joined the 34th Perak House Sea Scouts in 1958. In 1962, he joined nine other fellow scouts on an overland expedition from Singapore to England. Upon his arrival in London he worked full time to earn his keep and attended classes for his GCE Advance Level studies. He went on to study for his degree in Sociology at Enfield College. He then joined the Singapore High Commission in London as Head of the Information Section for two years. After returning to Singapore in 1972, he worked in the banking and private sector, and continued after his retirement to serve on the board of a private company.     

Roland Wee (moderator)

Born in 1944, Roland Wee joined the 34th Sea Scouts group in 1958. He became a Queen’s Scout and was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University from 1964 till 1967. He has worked in the PUB, and in the pharmaceutical, power and gas industries. He eventually started his own engineering company and is today the Chairman of RWDC Industries Limited, a biotechnology company that manufactures biodegradable polymers to replace single use plastic.

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