|Choa Eng Wan and Lee Poh Lian|
Choa Eng Wan died on October 18, 1941 at the age of 54. Madam Lee Poh Lian died on May 31, 1961 at the age of 72.
|Tomb of Mr Choa Eng Wan|
|Tomb of Madam Lee Poh Lian|
Their daughter Choa York Neo (Mrs Lim Choon Tee) passed away in 1938. Their only son, Choa Siew Jin passed away in 1940 at his residence in No 37 Kiliney Road leaving behind a wife and son. He is buried in Bukit Brown. They were survived by one daughter and 2 grandchildren.
Choa family story
Choa Eng Wan's father is Choa Giang Thye. Mr Choa Giang Thye himself is the second son of Choa Chuan Ghiok. We will start the story with Chua Eng Wah's grandfather.
Mr Chua Chuan Ghiok was born in Malacca and came to Singapore at an early age and work as clerk in Jose D'Almedia and Sons. Opportunity called and eventually he went to Rangoon, Burma to work for Leack, Chin Seng & Co and there he stayed for 40 years. After establishing himself as one of the leading chinese merchants, he came back and eventually died in Singapore in 1900.
|Left- Choa Giang Tye (father) Right- Choa Chuan Ghiok (grandfather)|
Awarded the Justice of Peace in 1910, he eventually died in 1911 leaving behind his only son, Choa Eng Wan. Mrs. Choa Giang Thye died on Feb 28 1934 at the age of 70 at her residence in No. 37 Killiney Road. She is also buried in Bukit Brown.
Choa Eng Wan's father in -law is Mr Lee Choon Guan, also a notable person in the Chinese community and wealthy banker. He founded the Chinese Commercial Bank in 1912. He was in the Chinese Advisory Board and a committee of Straits Chinese British Association and Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was also a Justice of the Peace for his support and donations to the colonial government including a war plane during World War I called "Malaya No 6". Lee Choon Guan's eldest daughter (Ms Lee Poh Lian) from his first wife married Mr Choa Eng Wan.
The tomb of Mr Choa Eng Wan and Madam Lee Poh Lian are located in Hill 5 Division B and are affected by the 8 lane highway and the peg number is 1209 and 1210.
China's Transition. (1907, September 25). The Straits Times, page 7
Malaka Pinda Rubber Estate. (1914, December 14). The Singapore Free Press, page 10
Central Engine Works. (1917, May 15). The Singapore Free Press, page 3
Tiang Guan Brick and Tile Company. (1920, May 29). The Straits Times, page 9
Sungai Gau Tin Mine.(1921, March 21). The Singapore Free Press, page 16
Mr. Lee Choon Guan. (1924, September 13). The Malayan Saturday Post, page 13
Death of Mr. Lee Choon Guan. (1924, August 28). The Straits Times, page 9
Death. (1934, March 2). The Straits Times, page 10
Advertisement. (1938, September 26).The Singapore Free Press, page 4
Deaths. (1940, March 7). The Straits Times, page 2
Song, O.S. (1984). One hundred years history of the Chinese in Singapore. Singapore: Oxford University Press