Sunday, September 01, 2013

Quek Koh Chay (Bukit Brown)

Quek Koh Chay was the founder of Messrs. Quek Hong Seng & Co Ltd. In 1955, he was also a director of the Bank of Singapore, Ltd.  In 1952, Quek Koh Chay was mentioned as the single biggest contributor for Singapore Chinese Y.M.C.A fund raising for its new building. He contributed $30,000.

Death 
Quek Koh Chay passed away at the age of 78 at his residence in 251, Bukit Timah Road at 10:30 pm, November 3, 1960.

Wife: Madam Wee Chwee Sang 
Madam Wee Chwee Sang passed away at the age of 77 on May 2, 1966, leaving behind 3 sons; Quek Seng Lip, Quek Seng Guan, Quek Seng Kee, 3 daughter-in-laws, 3 daughters, 3 son-in-laws, 47 grandchildren.

Wife: Madam Lau Nam Tee
Madam Lau Nam Tee passed away at the age of 95 on November 25, 2005. By 2005, all the sons and daughters of Mr Quek Koh Chay have passed away with exception of 1 daughter; Quek Gek Kim.

source: NewspaperSG

Madam Lau Nam Tee
(source: NewspaperSG)
The family home of 251 Bukit Timah Road
In my research i found records of Mr Quek Koh Chay purchasing the freehold property of 19,241 sq ft for $23,000 in an auction at the saleroom of Cheong Koon Seng and Co on June 8, 1927.

Tomb of Quek Koh Chay

Exhumed tomb of Mr and Mrs Quek Koh Chay

Guardian lion 

References
Advertisement. (1927, June 15). The Straits Times
Chinese YMCA keep eye on target. (1952, April 1). The Straits Times
Bank of Singapore to open at end of Match. (1955, March 11). The Singapore Standard
Deaths. (1960, November 5). The Straits Times.
Untitled. (2005, November 24). The Straits Times

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