Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Joint Technical Symposium 2016

The Joint Technical Symposium (JTS) 2016, co-organised by National Archives of Singapore (NAS) and South East Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA), was officially opened on 7th March 2016 by Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim. The Symposium brings together industry practitioners to discuss the challenges in today’s preservation and restoration of audio-visual records as well as share new technologies and best practices in the industry of audio-visual archives. JTS is hosted in Singapore and Asia for first time since its inception in 1983.

One of the more interesting audio-visual artifact featured in the factsheet i received from the Symposium which caught my attention is the Black and white footage of wedding preparation for the wedding of  Law Peng Hoe (Low Peng Hee) and Wee Kim Neo on 17 November 1940. The bride, Wee Kim Neo is the grand daughter of Majoor Oei (Wee) Boon Teng, of Selat Panjang, East Coast of Sumatra and daughter of  Wee Sin Choe, managing director of Cheong Koon Seng and Co.

The video includes not only the wedding preparation footage only, but also on Performers rehearsing, Colonial street scene (you will see lots of rickshaws), Peranakan household scenes of children playing, elderly ladies and family together with beach scenes. This video is a home video from the Tan Geok Choo Wee Law Collection and caption title is:

Screen capture of unidentifed man ( i suspect he is Wee Sin Choe)
(source: National Archives of Singapore)

Screen capture of the bride, Wee Kim Neo
(source: National Archives of Singapore)
The names i have hyperlinked have connections back to Bukit Brown Cemetery. Also from my previous research, is a picture from the NewpaperSG of the actual wedding donation from the bride and group of $500 for the War Fund effort.

Wee Sin Choe's daughter, Wee Kim Neo and Low Peng Hee
(source: NewspaperSG)

Another feature showcased was the Berita Singapura: Singapore Grand Prix 1966. Hopefully more interesting nuggets will be released for online viewing from National Archives Audio-visual website.

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