Sunday, April 01, 2012

Yap Geok Song (Bukit Brown)

Yap Geok Song was a land property owner, pineapple and rubber planter merchant. His rubber estate was privately owned and was called Kuan Tian or Yap Geok Song's estate. He was also a shareholder / director of Eastern United Assurance and Oversea Chinese Bank.
Yap Geok Song
(picture courtesy of Yap Family Archives)

Lands and Godowns
He bought freehold land at River Valley of 6,288 sq ft  for $3,144 (50 cents per sq foot) in a property auction in 1921. Yap Geok Song also rented out newly built godowns space that he built at river-side at Kim Seng Road. His office is listed to be at 91-4 River Valley Road.

source: NewspaperSG
He donated to the St.Andrew's Mission Hospital, Anglo-Chinese College, Amoy, China Famine Relief.  He was also a Tong Meng Hui member and contributed to the cause.

Death and Auctions
Yap Geok Song passed away in March 1928 due to heart failure. One of the notices that caught my eye was the sale of the late Yap Geok Song's property at No 18, Jiak Kim Street, or one of his godowns by The Straits Settlement of Singapore. One of Yap Geok Song's estate land in Choa Chu Kang was also put on auction to collect back the Land Collection Revenue arrears of $986.50 owed to the Land Office in 1934. The executors of his estate are Tan Seng Neo (his wife) and son Yap Kim Chuan (eldest son).
source: NewspaperSG

In a death notice in 1959, a Mdm Yeo Gim Ee (Mrs Yap Geok Song), age 88 passed away at her residence in 125-J Thompson Road leaving behind 3 sons, Yap Kim Chuan, Yap Koon Hoe and Yap Kim Swee and 1 daughter, 3 daughters-in laws. She was a Methodist and was buried in Bidadari.

Yap Geok Song's grave is right smack in a wooded or forested area. Its tomb is slowly being enveloped by large elephant leaves. It surrounding area contains two columns which i suspect, used to be a shelter or roofing, two gateway with eagles on top. (one is missing), 2 sikh guards, a pair of eastern design lions, a pair of western design lions and a pair of jade maidens.

Tombstone of Mr Yap Geok Song
The huge tomb area of Mr Yap Geok Song in a forested area 
Sikh guards
Westernised lions
Son: Yap Kim Chuan 

Mr Yap Kim Chuan passed away at the age of 78 on July 21, 1975. He is survived by his wife, Madam Quak Kit Neo, 3 sons, Yap Hock Kee, Alwin C.B. Yap, Yap Chew Leong, 2 daughter-in-laws, 4 daughters, Yap Teck Neo, Yap Kin Neo, Yap Choo Neo, Yap Guat Eng, 3 son-in-law, 23 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren. The cortege left 359F Kim Chuan Road.

Son: Yap Kim Swee

Mr and Mrs Yap Kim Swee
(photo courtesy of Yap Family Archives)
The daughter-in law of Yap Geok Song, Mrs Yap Kim Swee appeared in the papers as one of the many prominent Chinese woman helping on an event.
Mrs Yap Kim Swee
(Singapore Free Press,13 December 1935)

Daughter: Yap Poey Teen
His only daughter, Yap Poey Teen married Lim Kim Hoo, second son of Lim Lian Keng, nephew of Hon. Lim Boon Keng, O.B.E. on July 13, 1920.

If you have more leads or information about Yap Geok Song and his family, do email me.

Eastern United Assurance. (1913, November 19). The Straits Times, page 8
Anglo-Chinese, Amoy. (1919, November 20). The Straits Times, page 7
Rubber Crop Restriction.(1920, November 4). The Singapore Free Press, page 28
Advertisements. (1920, August 11). The Singapore Free Press, page 11
Advertisements. (1920, July 15). The Straits Times, page 6
Oversea Chinese Bank. (1920, September 21). The Singapore Free Press, page 202
Property Auction. (1921, March 16). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
Untitled. (1928, March 17). Malayan Saturday Post, page 5
Advertisements. (1937, October 31). The Straits Times, page 2
Advertisements. (1937, September 22). The Straits Times, page 4
Death. (1959, April 27). The Straits Times, page 6

1 comment:

James Koh said...

Hi, may I know where is Mr. Yap's grave located at? Thank you.