Jointly organised by Genealogy Society Singapore and the National Library Board, with support from Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and People’s Association, Singapore Family History Writing Competition was launched last November as part of the Singapore Memory Project. It aims to encourage Singaporeans to be conscious of their roots. Some 590 participants – the oldest aged 95 and the youngest three – submitted compilations of their family histories. 53 were selected winners. They received their cash prize and winning certificate at a ceremony on 22 October 2015 at the National Library.
Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth graced the ceremony as the Guest of Honour. Mr Ho Kiau Seng, Vice Chairman of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Board and Mr Choo Thiam Siew, CEO, represented SCCC at the event. They presented the 10 Distinguished Prizes of $600 each and 15 Merit Prizes of $300 each in the Junior Category, respectively. The prize money for the Junior Category is sponsored by SCCC.