Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ng Kah Ghee (Bukit Brown)

Ng Kah Ghee (1885-1941) was the managing director of chop Bee Huat or Bee Huat & Co, a company that supplies motor oil for a booming transportation industry. He was also the Vice President of the Socony Athletic Club for a number of years after it was formalised around 1929 with proper Annual General meetings. The club's first anniversary was held at Mr Aw Boon Haw's bungalow at Pasir Panjang who lent it for the ocassion. (Socony is short form for Standard Oil Company New York).

He also held position in a company called Standard-Vaccum Oil Co which is a close business partner or supplier of Bee Huat Company's petrol stations.
Ng Kah Ghee with other colleagues of Standard-Vaccum Oil Co
Contributions
China Famine Fund (1920), Geylang Girls School Building Fund (1927) London Raid Relief Fund Donations (1940)


Mr Ng Kah Ghee pased away on May 26, 1941 at his residence at No 23, Lorong 27-A Geylang at the age of 56 while Mrs Ng Kah Ghee passed away on Aug 11, 1955. They are buried in Block 5 Division B and is affected by the 8 lane highway. He left behind 5 sons ( Cheng Hoe, Cheng Ann, Cheng Kiat, Cheng Chwee and Cheng Bok ) and 5 daughters.
Tomb of Mr and Mrs Ng Kah Ghee
Bee Huat and Company
Bee Huat & Co operated from No 29 Beach Road during the time when the demand for motor vehicles were booming. Mr Ng Kah Ghee's company established itself as one of main agents for SOCONY - Standard Oil Company New York.
Advertisement, 1922

Advertisement, 13 April 1925
After Mr Ng Kah Ghee's passing in 1941, the Bee Huat and Company continue to do well with the service station operations in Orchard (Tanglin Service Station) and Beach Road. His son Ng Cheng Ann was the manager director of the company.

The Singapore Free Press
November 1948

Advertisement, 1953

Advertisement 1955
Ng Cheng Bock took over as the manager (in addition to being of the directors of Bee Huat) of the Esso Service Station (Esso Tanglin Service Station) in 1968.
Esso Petrol Kiosk in Orchard Road 


References
Advertisement.(1922, August 24). The Straits Times, page 7
Advertisement. (1925, April 13). The Straits Times, page 16
Geylang Girls School. (1927, October 3). The Straits Times, page 10
Untitled. (1930, November 21). The Singapore Free Press, page 10
Untitled. (1930, April 17). The Straits Times, page 20
Untitled. (1939, July 2). The Straits Times, page 25
Advertisement. (1941, May 27). The Straits Times, page 2
Untitled. (1948, November 12). The Singapore Free Press, page 6
In Memoriam. (1956, August 11). The Straits Times, page 6
Advertisement. (1953, April 8). The Straits Times, page 4
Advertisement. (1955, January 22). The Straits Times, page 13
New Esso Service Station. (1968, August 14). The Straits Times, page 12

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