|Tan Boo Liat|
A famous horse called VanitasTan Boo Liat became a instant celebrity among the race horse community when his horse, "Vanitas" won the Viceroy Cup on December 26, 1898 at Calcutta, India making it the first horse from Malaya to do so. Along with the trophy is the princely sum of $100,000. Vanitas continued its racing career after its return to Singapore and won in 1899, the Singapore Derby for the third successful time. By 1900, age caught up with the champion and Vanitas was retired at Tan Boo Liat's house, "Mafeking" at Confederate Estate.
Unique GravestoneTan Boo Liat gravestone depicts a ray of light & on its side two bells.The ray of light indicates his staunch support of the Kuomintang Movement, while the bells are symbols of his mansion. The gravestone also indicates his given title awarded by the King of Siam - Phra Anakul Sayamkitch. This is because he and his family (especially his grandfather, Tan Kim Ching) has close relationship to the King of Siam due to the business dealings they have.
Tan Boo Liat passed away at the age of 60 on 3rd October 1934 in Shanghai, China. His body was embalmed and return to Singapore in a bronze casket via a ship called "President Johnson". The cortege left 117, Emerald Hill Road for Bukit Brown. He is survived by 3 sons; Tan Toon Hor, Tan Toon Lay, Tan Toon Sinn, three daughters; Mrs Seow Poh Leng, Mrs. Wee Chye Hin, Kitty Tan, two adopted daughters, Annie and Mui Mui and 12 grandchildren.
Tan Boo Liat is buried Block 3. Division D. His plot no is 520. The tomb is located just behind the iconic colorful sikh guard of Mr Chew Geok Leong.
|Tan Boo Liat death certificate from the British Consul General at Shanghai|
The funeral of Madam Kwok Kim Neo (the wife of Tan Boo Liat) was reported to took place in Bukit Brown on June 1, 1932.
Father: Tan Soon Toh (1854-1891)
Tan Soon Toh had 5 sons and 1 daughter. From geni.com and also the article on the death of Tan Kwee Swee, i gather the names that i know so far are as follows:
Son: Tan Boo Liat, Tan Cheow Pin, Tan Kwee Liang, Tan Kwee Swee, Tan Kwee Wah.
|Tan Kwee Swee (middle) together with brothers; Tan Kwee Wah, Tan Kwee Liang|
(photo courtesy of Pat Lin)
Brother: Tan Kwee Swee (1879 -1937)The fourth son of Tan Soon Toh and a great grandson of Tan Tock Seng, Tan Kwee Swee passed away on 29 January 1937 at his residence in No. 8 Swanage Road. In that article, it mentions Tan Kwee Swee as a prominent resident and father of two Queen's Scholar, Mr. Tan Thoon Lip and Miss Maggie Tan (nee Maggie Lim, first female school girl from Singapore to receive the award).
|Tan Kwee Swee (source: NewspaperSG)|
Tan Kwee Wah was educated at the Anglo-Chinese School, Anglo-Chinese Free School and finally at Raffles Institution. Tan Kwee Wah joined the firm of Kim Ching & Co and assisted in the management of the estate of the late Tan Kim Ching. Later, he and Tan Kwee Swee took out probate of the will of Tan Kim Ching and acted as trustees until the estate was finally wound up. Tan Kwee Wah made many investments in property and later rubber plantations. His company was called Tan Kwee Wah & Co. which in the article below describes its business and business address at 28, Boat Quay. From the tombstone of Mr and Mrs. Tan Kwee Wah, we know the names of the children:
Sons: Tan Teck Bee, Tan Joo Bee, Tan Swee Bee, Tan Hor Bee, Tan Teck Lee, Tan Teck Leng, Tan Teck Hock
Daughters: Tan Kim Neo, Tan Peck Neo, Tan Keng Neo, Tan Hoon Neo
|Tan Kwee Wah|
Straits Chinese British Association. (1900, August 18). The Singapore Free Press, page 3
When a horse was given a red carpet reception. (1956, August 12). The Straits Times, page 20
Domestic Occurrences. (1934, October 4). Malayan Tribune, page10
When the red carpet was laid for the conquering hero. ( 1970, December 6). The Straits Times, page 22
Phra Anukul Siamkitch (otherwise known as Tan Boo Liat), and Tan Wi Yan and E Fong Seng and Rheims Francis Lazaroo : partnership deed. BookSG
Siamese Prince Death. (1920, June 4). The Straits Times, page 9