Monday, March 10, 2014

Cheang Jim Chuan (Bukit Brown)

Cheang Jim Chuan is the 3rd son of Mr Cheang Hong Lim. A millionaire,he inherited a portion of his father's fortune and also wisely expanded into properties. He has over the years bought many properties. One of his office building alone yielded 1,250 dollars a month in the early 1900's ! He initially lived in 10 Mohammed Sultan Road. There were streets called Cheang Jim Chuan Lane and Place before they were changed.
Cheang Jim Chuan 


Cheang Jim Chuan of 112 Pasir Panjang was reported in the newspapers in 1928 to have purchased the 1928 Cardillac Tourer from Borneo Motors Ltd, the most up-to-date and probably largest during that time.

Contributions
Chinese Girls School (1908), Famine Relief Fund (1920), Geylang Fire Relief Fund (1926), Jubilee Fund (1935)

Birthday Parties at "Riveria" 
"Rivieria" 112 Pasir Panjang Road was Cheang Jim Chuan's residence in later life. In November 1929, a birthday party dinner for Mrs Cheang Jim Chuan saw 500 persons, including many Europeans who were entertained with Cantonese wayang, ronggeng among others. In November 1931, a birthday party dinner for Mrs Cheang Jim Chuan saw 150 persons, including many Europeans who were entertained with Malay ronggeng among others. In 1933, over 200 guest were invited to Mr Cheang Jim Chuan's birthday celebration and they entertained to S.S Police, Ronggeng and other music. In 1936, the birthday invitation send out by his two sons, Cheang Theam Chu and Cheang Theam Kee were at their residence, "Maidstone", 42 Cairnhill Road. Over 200 guests attended.

In an auction sale by Messrs. Cheong Koon Seng in April 17, 1935, "Rivieria" 112 Pasir Panjang Road belonging to the late Chan Kim Hong Neo was bought by Mr Cheang Jim Chuan of No. 42 Cairnhill Hill for $20,000.

Death
Mr Cheang Jim Chuan passed away on May 22, 1940 at his residence 113 Pasir Panjang Road at the age of 66. He leaves behind a widow,  two sons, Cheang Theam Chu and Cheang Theam Kee, 4 daughters, Mrs Cheong Chee Hai, Mrs Woon Chow Tat, Mrs Khoo Eng Tee, Miss Cheang Seok Chin Neo, 3 son-in-laws, 3 daughter-in-laws, 19 grandchildren.

Madam Chan Kim Hong Neo, passed away on March 1, 1934 her residence, "Rivieria" 112 Pasir Panjang Road at the age of 58.She leaves behind her husband, two sons, Cheang Theam Chu and Cheang Theam Kee, 4 daughters, two son-in-laws, Dr Cheong Chee Hai, Woon Chow Tat, 3 daughters-in-law, 14 grandchildren.
Tomb of Cheang Jim Chuan 
Mother-in-law: Madam Chia Gin Tee (Mrs Chan Cheng Wah)
Cheang Jim Chuan's mother in law, Madam Chia Gin Tee passed away at the age of 80, at her residence at No 12, Lorong 22 Geylang Road on February 7, 1937. She is survived by her sons, Chan Koon Leong, Chan Koon Bee, Chan Koon Teck, 3 daughter-in-law, 2 son-in-law, Cheang Jim Chuan and Tan Soo Jin. She is buried in Bukit Brown, close by to Cheang Jim Chuan.

Madam Chia Gin Tee (Mrs Chan Cheng Wah) 

Madam Chia Gin Tee (Mrs Chan Cheng Wah)
Son: Cheang Theam Chu
The engagement of Cheang Thiam Chu (eldest son of Mr. an Mrs. Cheang Jim Chuan of Nassim Road) to Miss Khoo Giang Neo, (eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Khoo Heng Wan and niece of Dr. Lim Boon Keng) was announced on July 1917 with wedding taking place on August 5, 1917.
Cheang Theam Chu passed away at the age of 72 on October 23, 1966. He and his wife are buried in Bukit Brown in Hill 3 Division B.
Cheang Theam Chu 

Mrs Cheang Theam Chu 

Son: Cheang Theam Kee
Cheang Theam Kee, second son of Mr and Mrs Cheang Jim Chuan married Miss Cheong Tuan Neo of the late Mr and Mrs Cheong Keong Chye of Dunman Road. The marriage took place on July 1, 1931.

Daughter: Cheang Seok Cheng Neo (Emily Cheang)
Miss Cheang Seok Cheng Neo, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Cheang Jim Chuan married Mr Woon Chow Tat of Master Attendant's (Registry of Shipping) Office, Marine Department, Singapore, fifth son of Mr and Mrs Woon Hong Heng of Kuala Lumpur. Marriage took place on September 27, 1930.
Miss Cheang Seok Cheng Neo and Mr. Woon Chow Tat
References
Advertisement. (1914, August 25). The Singapore Free Press, page 12
Untitled. (1928, January 30). The Singapore Free Press, page 8
Marriage. (1930, September 24). The Singapore Free Press, page 1
Untitled. (1930, December 13). Malayan Saturday Post, page 34
Marriage. (1931, June 27). The Singapore Free Press, page 10
Death. (1934, March 5). The Singapore Free Press, page 8
Property Sale.(1935, April 18). The Straits Times, page 9
Death. (1937, February 10). The Straits Times, page 2
Death. (1940, May 23). The Straits Times, page 2
Wright, Arnold, and Henry Adolphus Cartwright, eds. Twentieth century impressions of British Malaya: its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources. Lloyd's Greater Britain publishing Company, limited, 1908.

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