Monday, May 14, 2012

Oei Bok Sien (Bukit Brown)

Mr Oei Bok Sien also known as Towkay Oei Bok Sien was in the shipping business and owned ships such as the modern steel ship "Bintan" (built in Singapore by United Engineers shipyard in Tanjong Rhu), and steamers such as the "Esmeralda", "Pontianak" that ply the Singapore-Riau (Indonesia) routes.

Singapore built motorship "Bintan"

Property and shares

He bought Nos 142,144,146, 148, 150, 152 and 154 Selegie Road (total of 7,627 sq ft)  for $12,100 and another property in 68 Amoy Street for $21,000 in 1919. He also leased out a seaside bungalow at No 2 East Coast Road. He also holds shares in United Saw Mills Limited.


Mrs Oei Bok Sien (nee Soh Nyia Chik) passed away at the age of 62 on October 14, 1929 at No 10 Choon Guan Street (off Anson Road). Mr Oei Bok Sien passed away at the age of 66 on September 9, 1931 at No 15 Choon Guan Street (off Anson Road). Their tomb is located in Hill 3 Division A.

Tomb of  Mr and Mrs Oei Bok Sien
They have 6 sons: Oei Tiau Tjing, Wee Teow Beng, Oei Tiau Soen, Oei Tiau Joe, Oei Tiau Yong and Wee Teow Poh and 2 daughters: Mrs Chew Kiat Seng and Madam Wee Chwee Neo (Mrs Tan Soo Yok )

Sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters
Son: Wee Teow Beng
Wee Teow Beng is the proprietor of the Arcadia Cinema. He also bought the steamship Will O' the Wisp for $3,500 in 1922. This steamship was later bought by Teo Hoo Lye S.S. Co. (or Soon Bee Steamship Co.) in 1924.

Son: Wee Tiau Joe 
Oei Tiau Joe died at the age of 55 on 5th June 1948. He is also buried in Bukit Brown.

Property Sale. (1916, May 17). The Singapore Free Press, page 12
Property Sale. (1916, October 23). The Singapore Free Press, page 26
Untitled.(1922, October 10). The Straits Times, page 8
Shipping Notes.The Bintan. (1926, April 15). The Singapore Free Press, page 12
Told by Camera. (1926, April 22). The Singapore Free Press, page 4
Advertisement. (1929, April 25). The Straits Times, page 16
Deaths. (1929, October 17). The Straits Times, page 4
Advertisements.(1932,September 28). The Straits Times, page 4

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