Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tai Thean Khew Circus - Mr Sun Si Ting (Bukit Brown)

Located at Block 4 Division B (behind the tall Sikh guards) is the tomb of Mr Sun Si Ting who died in 1944, age 61.What caught my eye was the inscription in english that states that he was the owner of Tai Thian Kew Circus, Nanking China.
Sun Si Ting
On the tomb are inscribed the following:
Tombstone of Mr. Sun Si Ting, Proprietor of Tai Thian Kew Circus. Nangking China.
Erected by his sorrowful sons, Thian Chok and San Keng.  Daughters, San Pow and  See Eng
sons-in laws, Peng Sang, Su Pai and Grandsons, Ming Chuan and Ming Lee 
Year died 10th day of the 4th moon 33 year of the Chinese Republic. 
Mr Sun Si Ting 
Circus in Singapore 
While skimming through the old paper archives i discovered, interestingly enough, that this circus donated a lion to the "new Johore zoo" in 1965 indicating probably its shows traveled beyond Singapore and covered Malaysia as well. In fact after reading through various sources, this circus troupe has traveled widely beyond this shores to include China, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

The circus troupe contain performances that incorporates humans and animals.
Tai Thean Kew Circus
(photo courtesy of George Hardington) 
Tai Thean Kew Circus in Sembawang
(photo courtesy of George Hardington)
Elephants of Tai Thean Kew Circus
 (photo courtesy of George Hardington) 
Animals of Tai Thean Kew Circus under tent
(photo courtesy of George Hardington)

Monkey on horse
(source: NewspaperSG)
Tai Thean Kew Circus in Ipoh 1964
(source: NewspaperSG)
Tiger rides circus horse
(source: NewspaperSG)

Tai Thean Kew Circus in town
(various articles from NewspaperSG)
Tai Thean Kew Circus in town
(various articles from NewspaperSG)
References
Untitled. (1964, February 2). The Straits Times
Some memories of this long gone circus in the comment section of this lovely blog.

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