This $10k note from the 1990s depicts the span of time for two hundred years from the creation of the port to a later time when cargo laden barges still plied the water. The "then" image shows the old wooden drawbridge, the cargo and godowns signifying trading as the main activity.
The message is clear The Singapore River was the lifeline of the emerging nation. Elgin bridge which I have been showcasing is prominent and central to the scene.
The currency note is no longer in circulation, and the boats long removed to the southern islands.
It is fitting that the Singapore River is depicted on the highest value currency in the land.