LION CITY ADVENTURES — A SHORT BUT STILL THRILLING HISTORY OF THE LION CITY ADVENTURING CLUB
NOTE: Don Bosco is the author of the award-winning LION CITY ADVENTURES series, about a society of children dedicated to exploring Singapore, making new friends and solving mysteries. This post is part of a series about the creative inspiration behind the books, the publishing process, etc.
You can find the full version of this history in Lion City Adventures, the first book in the series. There are also very nice illustrations of some old photographs from the Lion City Adventuring Club’s archives. Have a look! But for now, here’s a quick guide for all you new members. Enjoy!
The Lion City Adventuring Club, or LCAC, came to life in 1894. It was started by a young and assertive girl named Jayathri. She rounded up a few of her neighbours, including the famous young detectives Sherlock Hong and Aisha, and held meetings in her garden.
In 1930, the Chief Adventurer was Gopal S., a student at St. Joseph’s Institution. He merged the LCAC with the Bravo Circle, a very popular local theatre group. After that the LCAC put up plays and musical performances inspired by the legends of old Singapore.
From 1942 to 1946, when the Japanese army occupied Singapore during World War 2, Chief Adventurer Mei Song and many other LCAC members actively helped other children find food, medicine and missing family members.
In 1967, A. A. Hamid took over as Chief Adventurer. He started publishing the club’s official newsletter, Super Cool Adventures.
In 1976, Chester Chang took over as Chief Adventurer. He was an extremely selfish boy. He charged a high membership fee. Because of him, many members left the group. This was the “dark ages” of the LCAC. No prizes for guessing why.
In 1982, a former member named Edward Low returned to Singapore after many years working overseas. He raised money to rent a meeting space for the LCAC along Newton Road. The LCAC newsletter was relaunched in 1983. Each issue featured lots of stories from its new members, including the young writer Don Bosco. (That’s me. Ooh! I get to be a character in this book series that I’m writing! What fun.)
In 1999, the LCAC’s website was launched. Today, there are LCAC groups everywhere in Singapore. You can gather your friends and start your own group too. May your adventures bring you great joy. May you also discover lots of good food along the way. And remember to tell lots of jokes.
LION CITY ADVENTURES SERIES
Book 1: Lion City Adventures
Book 2: Secrets of the Heartlands
Book 3: Island of Legends
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For updates about Don Bosco’s new book projects, visit the Super Cool Books website here.