Monday, July 21, 2014

Aerial view of Bukit Brown in 1948 - Ong Sam Leong's tomb

The detailed aerial photograph of Bukit Brown taken in 1948 by the British Royal Air Force 81 Squadron sparked my interest to identify some of the structures seen from air with the old and new photographs taken from ground. In this article, i will focus on the aerial view of the largest tomb in Bukit Brown. Interestingly you can also spot a building close by the tomb (among the trees)which does not exist today. 

Ong Sam Leong (王三龙) (1857 -1918) was the owner of Sam Leong and Company that provided and supplied manpower (indentured laborers) for the mining of phosphate at Christmas Island. He was the owner of properties, rubber estates and even a brick works in Batam. Among the Chinese Community, he was influential as well, being once the head of the Ban Chye Hoe Club.

Ong Sam Leong's tomb 
Images of Mr and Mrs Ong Sam Leong 
Ong Sam Leong 
Ong Peng Hock, Mrs Ong Sam Leong, Ong Boon Tat
(source: NewspaperSG) 
Mr Ong Sam Leong's hearse (photo taken from exhibition)

Mrs Ong Sam Leong's funeral entourage in Bukit Rose
(source: NewspaperSG) 
Funeral Hearse of Mrs Ong Sam Leong
(source: NewspaperSG)
Aerial photo (photo taken at exhibition) 

Further Reading
Bukit Brown Exhibition: Documenting New Horizons of Knowledge, posted on July 20, 2014
Aerial view of Bukit Brown - roundabout, posted on July 20, 2011
Ong Sam Leong (Bukit Brown), posted on December 4, 2011
Ong Boon Tat, posted on February 24, 2013
Ong Peng Hock, posted on April 1, 2013
Oon Chim Neo (Seh Ong), posted on January 4, 2013

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