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Animals on the roads

Road accidents reported in the Singapore Free Press on 14 August 1886.


The first involved a palanquin (a covered litter, probably pulled by a horse) owned by businessman Whampoa Hoo Ah Kay (Singapore’s Whampoa was named after him), and a bullock cart.

The second also involved a bullock cart.

What is clear from these reports is that one problem with animal-drawn transport in the olden days was that the animals could act up unexpectedly!