Friday, June 01, 2012

Ngeow Nian Chin (Bukit Brown)

Ngeow Nian Chin (1869-1952) was the general chief clerk at Charted Bank of India, Australia and China, a bank he worked in for 44 years till he finally retired at 64 years of age with a life pension. He joined as a junior clerk before moving up the ranks to finally the chief clerk of the whole bank.

Ngeow Nian Chian in 1934 [Left] and 1937 [Right]
(source: NewspaperSG)

In a newspaper article celebrating his retirement, Ngeow Nian Chin shared that he was never sick once in his 44 years of service and when he started working and at that time he joined, the bank had a staff of 6 Europeans and 22 Natives. At the time of his retirement in 1937, Charted Bank had a total of 140 staff, of which 13 are Europeans.
Chartered Bank at Battery Road 
He was also the President of the Haw Par Chinese Buddhist Union (in which Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par were the patrons). He represented the Buddhist Union and spoke in a multi-religious event at the Victoria Memorial Hall arranged by the Ramakrishna Mission  in conjunction with the centenary celebration of Sri Ramakrishna. He was also the President of the Chartered Recreation Club in 1934, a club to promote and improve relations among staff.

Ngeow Nian Chin passed away at the age of 83 at his residence in No 775 North Bridge Road at 6.40 pm on December 21, 1952, leaving behind 2 sons ( Ser Lim and Ser Sin ), 2 daughters (Choo Neo, Ngim Neo) , 2 daughter-in-laws. His eldest daughter, Ngeow Choo Neo in a peranakan dress is seen below married to a Mr Wee Cheng Woo in 1929.

(source: NewspaperSG)

Ngeow Nian Chin's unkept and jungle enveloped tomb is located in Hill 3 Division B, close to the family tomb cluster of Mr Tan Hock Ann. This was discovered with the help of 2 friends from the Bukit Brown facebook community.

The jungle enveloping the tomb of Mr and Mrs Ngeow Nian Chin

Chinese Buddhist.(1932, August 9). The Straits Times, page 14
Wesak Day and its Meaning. (1933, May 12). The Straits Times, page 7
Sport improves Relations Among Employees.( 1934, November 30). The Singapore Free Press, page 11
44 years with local bank.(1937, March 14). The Straits Times, page 13
Less racial stress in Malaya. (1955, December 22). The Straits Times, page 9

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