Monday, December 03, 2012

Wee Teck Seng (Bukit Brown)

Towkay Wee Teck Seng was well known both in Singapore and Tanjung Pinang, Rhio (Riau islands) and his assets was said to be worth at a quarter to half a million dollars in 1926. He was a shipping merchant in the earlier years before becoming a Banker and Industrialist. Wee Teck Seng sat as a Director in various Banks and companies. He was in the Board of Directors of Overseas Chinese Bank, Board of Directors of Chinese Commercial Bank, Hoe Lee Rubber Factory (Batu Pahat) and United Sawmills Limited.
Wee Teck Seng
Red Cross Fund (1916), Our Day Fund (1917) St. Joseph's Institution (1907)

65th Birthday celebration
At the invitation of his son, Dr H.T. Wee (Wee Heap Tock) and his brothers, a large gathering of 150 people gathered at "The Heather", Balmoral Road in March 1925 for dinner. They were entertained with English and Chinese music and danced the night away with Malay Ronggeng.

Wee Teck Seng passed away in 1931 at the age of 70 and is buried in Block 3, Division B, 1047, Bukit Brown Cemetery.

Sons: Dr. H.T. Wee, Wee Hiap Swee, Wee Hiap Chin, Wee Chew Swee.
Daughters: Wee Un Neo, Wee Siok Neo, Wee Chee Lun.
Grandsons: Harry L. Wee, Robert Wee, Victor Wee, Wee Ek Leong, Wee Ek Bee, Wee Seng Bee.
Grand daughters: Doris L.Wee, Enid Wee, Wee Tim Neo, Wee Piak Neo.
Wee Teck Seng
Dr. Wee Hiap Tock
Dr. Wee Heap Tock / Wee Hiap Tock , studied in University of Aberdeen for eight years before returning to Singapore in 1921 to practice. He married Miss Rachel Hunter Hoahing, a sister of Dr. Martha Hoahing at St. Andrew's Cathedral in November 1922.  Dr Wee Hiap Tock resided in No 32 Balmoral Road and he passed away on January 20, 1964.

Dr Wee Hiap Tock and Rachel Hunter Hoahing's eldest son was Mr Harry Lee Wee or HL Wee, once the President of the Law Society in 1975 and 1976. Harry Lee Wee passed away on July 11, 2005. In his will, he bequeath his library collection of rare law books and journals to the National Library.

Wee Hiap Swee
Wee Teck Seng was so angry with his son's Wee Hiap Swee misconduct of borrowing money without his knowledge, that he punished his son by sending him back to China in 1921 till 1924. In a fit of anger, Wee Teck Seng disowned his son. In this court case in 1926, the owner of the Promissory note tried to sue Wee Teck Seng to pay back what was owned.
Wee Teck Seng's children listed here
The epitaph on Wee Teck Seng's tomb is written by Singapore's leading scholar and poet of that time, Khoo Seok Wan. Khoo Seok Wan was a strong supporter of the reformist movement in China as well as a staunch benefactor of the social education reform movement in Singapore. He was one of the founders and the main contributor for the founding of the Chinese Girls School.
Epitaph written by Khoo Seok Wan

Social and Personal. (1921, March 31). The Straits Times, page 6
Untitled. (1922, November 25). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
Advertisement. (1924, December 17). The Straits Times, page 13
Untitled. (1925, March 25). The Malayan Tribune, page 6
Bankruptcy Court.(1926, July 9). The Malayan Tribune, page 7
Bankruptcy Court. (1926, July 10). The Malayan Tribune, page 9
London Gazette, 23rd March 1965.[website] London Gazette.
In memoriam. Harry Lee Wee. [website] Law Gazette Singapore.

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