Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Benches in Bukit Brown

I sat on a stone bench
to rest my tired feet
and contemplate my mortal being 
and pray that when the final day comes
that redemption and resurrection is never far.

Benches in Bukit Brown is the theme of my article. When you pay a visit to Bukit Brown, you should be able to catch sight of at least one or more tomb with benches or seat's. I can imagine the families of the dearly departed requesting the tomb makers to cater seats /benches so that when the family regularly visit and pay respects, they will have a place to gather, seat, rest and share stories.

I believe that during this family gathering, the dearly departed was remembered and that his or/and her deeds be shared with their grandchildren or great grandchildren who may not even met their deceased grand or great grandparents when they were alive. For the living elder of the family, it is a place where they can rest their weary feet and contemplate their own mortality as well as relive in the minds the memory of their love one or parents and also think of the future reunion, where they will reunited in the kingdom of heaven. 

Be it to rest and contemplate or a place of social and family gathering, the benches or seats in Bukit Brown to me are a great representation of a community, heritage and nature space, some forgotten over time but others still in use by their descendants who visit till this day. 

Hill 4 Section C- Ang Kok Kian

Hill 5-  A donated bench 

Hill 1

Hill 5 - Tay Koh Yat 

Hill 5- tomb of Wee Sian Kah

Hill 2 - tomb of Tok Cheng Tuan 

Hill 2 - tomb of Lee Kim Soo 

Hill 4 Section A - Wong Chin Yoke and Circus cluster

Hill 4 Section A

Hill 4 - Circus cluster 

Tomb of 2 woman in Lao Sua
A tomb in Lao Sua

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Khor Guan Eang (Bukit Brown)

Khor Guan Eang was a partner in Chop Ho Seng & Co at No 28, River Valley Road until he sold off his partnership in 1915 to a Mr. Sim Tock Seng.

Property Purchase 
Mr Khor Guan Eang bought a freehold land off Upper Serangoon Road (19 acres in size) that also has a Bungalow on it for a princely sum of $10,000 in 1922.

Mr Khor Guan Eang passed away on November 3, 1936 at the age of 58. His son is Khor Yong Yam.
Mrs. Khor Guan Eang passed away on May 13, 1957 at  No 489 East Coast Road. She is survived by son, Khor Yong Yan / Khor Yong Yam and daughter, Khor Im Tan ( Mrs Chia Ju Siang / Mrs Chia Jia Sieng).

Miss Khor Im Tan engaged Mr Chia Jia Sieng, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Chai Shee Chao of Pulau Tekong in 1939. At that time, Mrs Khor Guan Eang was listed to be staying in 45 Niven Road.

Khor Guan Eang 

Mr and Mrs Khor Guan Eang 

Advertisement. (1915, February 3). The Straits Times, page 2
Untitled. (1922, October 25). The Straits Times, page 8
Domestic Occurrence Death. (1936, November 3). The Straits Times, page 2 
Death. (1957, May 14). The Straits Times, page 6

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Chee Soon Keng (Bukit Brown)

Chee Soon Keng is a storekeeper and a racing horse owner. His residence was at No 19 Tanglin Road. He is however better known as a horse owner and racer. He won the Governor's cup with his horse, Your Highness (Little). An interesting story was also shared in a newspaper article on how he managed to acquire his winning horse called Birthday Gift (formerly called Acol). It was during a birthday party organised by him, when he highlighted that his current purchase, Raisbeck (Your Lordship) was not as expected. He thought the horse Acol was much better. Upon hearing this, the owner of Acol sportingly offered to do an exchange. A handshake later, Acol and Raisbeck changed owners. A happy Chee Soon Keng said it was a pleasant birthday gift, and promptly changed the name of Acol to Birthday Gift. Events later proved what a stroke of luck it was for Chee Soon Keng and Birthday Gift has won 6 races and $47,900 in stakes. Chee Soon Keng was also the Patron of Oleh Oleh Party together with Messrs. T.W. Ong and Chua Liang Chuan.
Chee Soon Keng (1936) 

Chee Soon Keng and Coronation II  (1964)

The Williamson Memorial Cup and Trophy
won by horse Coronation II (September 6, 1958)
Chee Soon Keng and horse Royal Guard (August 31, 1960)
(photo courtesy of Paddy Chew) 

Lawsuit for maintenance in 1933
A very public lawsuit gave also insights into the personal life of Chee Soon Keng. Miss Lye Wan Choon, a woman claiming to be his secondary wife, accused Chee Soon Keng for not paying maintenance at the rate of $30 per month for the past two years. She met him when she was a "singing girl" in Smith Street and has cohabited with him for the past 19 years. She however denies his allegation that she has misconducted herself during this period. She became Chee Soon Keng secondary wife in 1914 and alleged that he has since acquired 5 other "wives" and has failed to provide maintenance to Miss Lye since October 1931. She also claimed that they had gone through a proper wedding ceremony.  When Chee Soon Keng was cross-examined, he shared that owning to a slump, he was not well off as he used to be, but he was not in serious difficulties. He kept 3 motor cars, a few race horses and 3 mistress. At one time, he had about a dozen mistress. Chee Soon Keng went to claimed that he had arguments with Miss Lye Wan Choon in 1916 and 1920. The final incidents that broke the straw was in 1930, when he discovered that she was paying frequent visits to an actor who was on short stay in Singapore after arriving from China. Chee Soon Keng, has by that time given her $6,000 worth of jewellery, which he found that she had pawned some of them. The final straw was when he found out she has been travelling to Kuala Lumpur to meet a man there. The judge ruled to eventually to discharged the claim of Miss Lye Wan Choo although there was moral obligation. 

Chee Soon Keng passed away on February 16, 1967 at the age of 67. He is survived by his son, Chee Kim Hoe and daughters, Chee Kim Neo, Chee Swee Neo, Chee Haow Wan and 1 grand daughter, Chee Chye Lin and 3 grandsons Chee Guan Chye, Chee Guan Hock, Chee Peng Hock.
Tomb of Chee Soon Keng


Parents (Mrs. Chee Boon Eng)
His Mother is Madam Tan Suan Neo, wife of the late Mr Chee Boon Eng. She passed away at her residence "Swandale", 19 Tanglin Road on June 7, 1931 at the age of 67. Her son, Chee Soon Keng was buried beside her in Hill 3 Division B.
Madam Tan Suan Neo (mother of Mr Chee Soon Keng)
Wife: Madam Song Swee Lan
Madam Song Swee Lan passed away at the age of 71 on November 1, 1977. She is survived by her only son, Dr. Chee Kim Hoe ; daughters,  Chee Kim Neo, Chee Swee Neo, Chee Haow Wan ; daughter-in-law: Dr. Joyce Chee Yam Mui ; grandchildren, Chee Guan Hock, Chee Chye Lin and Chee Peng Hock. Brother, Song Lai Hong and sister, Song Swee Wan. Cortege left from No 5 Victoria Park Road.

Son: Chee Kim Hoe
Chee Kim Hoe graduated with distinction from St. Joseph's Institution having passed his Senior Cambridge in 1951 with 8 distinctions and 1 credit. He also has the distinction of being the first overseas Singapore student at University College, Dublin to gain first class honours in 4 subjects. He was 20 years old at that time. Chee Kim Hoe passed his first medical examination with honours in physics, chemistry, zoology and botany. Despite a difficult 6 years medical course, he managed to do a degree in philosophy. In May 1956, Chee Kim Hoe, only son of Mr and Mrs Chee Soon Keng married Miss Joyce Kwan Yam Mui, daughter of Mr and Mrs Kwan Yin Siong.

Dr. Chee Kim Hoe passed away at the age of 72 on September 23, 2006.
Chee Soon Keng and his son Chee Kim Hoe
(photo courtesy of Paddy Chee)
Chee Soon Keng and his son Chee Kim Hoe
(photo courtesy of Paddy Chee) 

Chee Kim Hoe 
Son-in-law: Ong Siow Leong 
Ong Siow Leong passed away on May 20, 1952 and his survived by his wife and 2 sons, Ong Guan Bee and Ong Guan Chye and 2 daughters. He is buried in Seh Ong cemetery.

No 19 Tanglin Road and the Armenian Connection 
19 Tanglin Road
An interesting thing to note, is about the owners of No 19 Tanglin Road in the past. It was the the residence of Michael Sarkies Martin (5 November 1859 – 18 April 1922), a prominent merchant and his wife,  Madam Mary Anna Martin (10 June 1869 – 17 August 1945) up to his death in 1922 and probably changed hands to Chee Soon Keng after his estate was sold off.  His wife, Mary Anna Martin met her demise in a internment camp in Sime Road (near Bukit Brown cemetery) as a civilian Prisoner of War during the Japanese Occupation on August 17, 1945.

Headstone of Michael Sarkies Martin
(at Armenian Church)

Headstone of Mary Anna Martin
(at Armenian Church)

[clarification on October 13, 2013]
A grandson of Mr Chee Soon Keng emailed me to clarify that the house illustrated in the picture is most likely No 21 Tanglin Road (and not No 19 Tanglin Road) before the site was developed as the second phase extension of Tanglin Shopping Centre. No 21 Tanglin Road house was purchased from a  Mr Evan Wong, who came from British Guiana, and founded the accounting / audit firm bearing his name. Mr Wong may have purchased the house from the Armenian family (Michael Sarkies Martin ) before selling it to Chee Soon Keng. They never stay at this house, which was used as a boarding house most of the time.

The family stayed at 'Swandale' 19 Tanglin Road, till the late 1960s when Tanglin shopping centre was developed.

[addition to article on November 15, 2014]
Chee Kim Hoe's eldest son, Paddy Chee Guan Hock connected with me and shared photos of his father and grandfather. He also shared with me how the family home of his grandfather, Chee Soon Keng looked. I will to thank him for sharing this lovely pictures.

19 Tanglin Road, Swandle
No 19 Tanglin Road "Swandle"
(photo courtesy of Paddy Chee )

No 19 Tanglin Road -view from driveway and marble statue from Italy
(photo courtesy of Paddy Chee) 

A section used as Chee's Clinic for Women
(Photo courtesy of Paddy Chee) 

Deaths. (1931, June 10). The Straits Times
No legal claim. (1933, September 4). The Straits Times 
Maintenance claim. (1933, September 1). The Straits Times
Former Singing Girl. (1933, August 24). The Straits Times
Racehorse owner sued. (1933, August 31). The Straits Times
Mr Chee got his birthday wish. (1951, June 1). The Straits Times
A University Degree is just a "sideline". (1954, August 15). The Straits Times
Advertisement. (1956, May 15). The Straits Times
Oleh Oleh Party. (1960, September 19). The Singapore Free Press 
Coronation II's win brings back memories of 1937. (1964, December 8). The Straits Times. 
Deaths. (1977, November 2). The Straits Times

Friday, May 17, 2013

Thio Sioe Kiat (Bukit Brown)

Thio Sioe Kiat
Thio Sioe Kiat was born in Batavia and began work in his brother's firm,  Chop Hock Seng (Messrs. Hock Seng & Co) steamship agents,tin mine owners and general merchants. Established in Singapore, they have interests in tin mining and gambier and pepper planting in Banca, Netherland Indies. (Banka Island off Sumatra, Indonesia). They also owned a 600 ton steamer called Governor-General Myer which carries both passenger and cargo from Singapore, Muntok and Palembang. He then ventured into his own business. He was granted a certificate of naturalisation by the Governor as a British subject in 1910.

He also owned shares in The Overseas-Chinese Bank. However, in the slump of 1920-1921, he became a bankrupt having lost all his property and had to fold down in 3 firms. In one of his transactions he lost a princely sum of $40,000.
Mr and Mrs Thio Sioe Kiat

Thio Sioe Kiat died at the age of 84 on September 23, 1931. His wife, Tgie Hong Neo died at the age of 80  on October 2, 1927. Their peg numbers are 2315 and 2316 and affected by the 8 lane highway. His son is Thio Kek Boo, his daughter Thio Soon Neo. Listed on the tomb is also 1 granddaughter, Tan Hong Neo.

Social and Personal. (1910, January 15). The Straits Times, page 6
Wright, A., & Cartwright, H. A. (1989). Twentieth century impressions of British Malaya: its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources. Graham Brash.
Thio Sioe Kiat, peg 2315.[website]. Bukit Brown documentation

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wan Eng Kiat (Lao Sua)

Wan Eng Kiat, born in Malacca, came down to Singapore at the age of 17 in 1851 to seek his fortune. For a short while he worked as a watchmaker, before entering the service of Messrs. Martin Dyce & Co. At the age of 24, he married Toh Nya Chik. He later went on to work for Messrs Puttfarcken, Rheiner & Co. (later renamed Messrs Puttfarcken & Co.) as a storekeeper, retiring eventually at the age of 68. Wan Eng Kiat was a clever and shrewed investor, putting his money in property. At the time of his death at the ripe old age of 85, on May 3, 1919 his assets were valued at half a million dollars ! He has 3 sons, Wan Boon Seng, Wan Boon Chwee and Wan Boon Lim. Wan Eng Kiat made a will in 1917 and in that will, he did not leave any immovable properties to Wan Boon Seng. Wan Boon Chwee died in 1941, leaving behind no sons while Wan Boon Lim died in 1972 leaving behind six sons from different marriages. Wan Eng Kiat had more than 1 wife from my research below. Unfortunately, no name of daughters have been found so far.
Wan Eng Kiat


Wife: Tok Nya Chik 
Mrs Wan Eng Kiat (Tok Nya Chik ) passed away on 1926, July 14 at No 125 Neil Road at the age of 85. She is survived by 1 son, Wan Boon Seng, three grandsons-in-law, Seow Siew Guan, Wee Kim Chuan and Wee Mah Kuan, five grandsons, Wan Seng Kim, Wan Chin Inn, Wan Chin Hoe, Wan Chin Kuan and Wan Chin Hock, several granddaughters and great grandchildren. She was buried in Toa Payoh (Bukit Brown) on July 18, 1926. This also implies that Wan Eng Kiat has more than 1 wife.

Son: Wan Boon Seng
Wan Boon Seng died on June 23, 1957 at 27, Lorong 104 Changi Road. In a court case in 1981, i gained further insight to the special request of Wan Eng Kiat's will which was that the residuary estate can only be sold 21 years after the death of his son, Wan Boon Seng. Wan Boon Seng was the most prolific translator of chinese classics to Baba Malay. He alone translated 21 titles between 1930-1939 and translated Botan Kingchoo in 1950. His pseudonym was Panah Peranakan. Not only did he translate and publish books, he also published Baba magazines, Bintang Pranakan, Sri Pranakan and Story Teller and two Baba newspapers, Kabar Slalu and Kabar Ucapan Baru.

"Lek Bohtan" translated by Wan Boon Seng
(at Peranakan Museum)

Magazine called Storyteller  by Wan Boon Seng
(at Peranakan Museum)
In a trial that received great public attention was when Wan Boon Seng and Wee Kim Chuan were charged with abetment of murder arising out of an attack made on a wealthy landowner old money lender, Wan Kim Toon who resides in 13 Trafalgar Street. (Wan Kim Toon's uncle is Wan Eng Kiat).  Wan Kim Toon and Wee Kim Chuan were executors of the will while Wan Boon Seng was described as the illegitimate son by Wan Eng Kiat's secondary wife. The case ended with Wan Boon Seng and Wee Kim Chuan discharge of the charge. Both Wan Boon Seng and Wee Kim Chuan sued Wan Kim Toon later for sullying their name but the case eventually ruled for the defendant, Wan Kim Toon with cost.

Son: Wan Boon Chwee
I don't much information other than the mentioned that Wan Boon Chwee died in 1941 without leaving any sons. When he passed away, Wan Boon Ling went to the trustee claiming for the late Wan Boon Chwee estate for the two infants of Wan Boon Lim, Harry Wan and Michael Wan.

Son: Wan Boon Lim alias Wan Cheng Ann
Wan Boon Lim was an English-speaking who inherited two-fifth of his father's $300,000 estate and a house in Jalan Besar and getting $65 a month for life. Yet on 1937 stood before the courts as a bankrupt at the age of 23. The bankruptcy happen when he being overly ambitious opened a provision store although he had only a capital of $500. The business was forced to close down owning to loses accumulated and bad debts over a few months of $1,500 after its opening. As a minor he had also sign as surety on a promissory note for her mother's debt. He mortgaged the house in Jalan Besar to pay partially for his business and mother's debts. The mother incurred the debts during the time she had to borrowed money to finance a case against the former trustee of her fathers estate.  Wan Boon Lim was the sole supporter of her mother and his young wife, 5 month old daughter, 12 year old sister and a aunt. He however manage to find a job that paid a salary of $40 a month. The court rule for an order to pay the creditors $15 a month.

Wan Boon Lim passed away in 1972. A court case in 1981 shared that Wan Boon Lim had 6 son's, Harry Wan, Michael Wan, William Wan, Eric Wan, Daniel Wan and Vincent Wan. 17 descendants of Wan Eng Kiat filed claim, but the Judge ruled that the only beneficiary are Wan Boon Lim's 6 son's. The houses at stake were 4 old shop houses in North Road Canal and Telok Ayer Street area.

Tomb discovery and identification

Wan Eng Kiat's tomb was discovered on a Sunday trip to Lao Sua and was identified by Raymond Goh and Walter Lim. It was during the same trip, i identified the tomb of Madam Song Chit Neo as Mrs Chia Leong Chuan.
Wan Eng Kiat


Deaths. (1926, July 16). The Straits Times
Signed Pro. Note To Help His Mother While Still Minor. (1937, January 9). The Singapore Free Press, page 3
Rich man's son now bankrupt. (1937, January 9). The Straits Times, page 13
Malicious prosecution action. (1924, December 31). The Singapore Free Press
17 lose case for share in estate. (1981, May 6).The Straits Times, page 8
Yoong, S. K., & Zainab, A. N. (2004). The Straits Chinese Contribution to Malaysian Literary Heritage: Focus on Chinese Stories Translated into Baba Malay. 教育資料與圖書館學, 42(2), 179-198.
Song, O. S. (1984). One hundred years' history of the Chinese in Singapore (p. 50). Singapore: Oxford University Press
Chrita dulu-kala bernama "Lee Lo-Chia" di zaman Siong Tiow tempu Tiew-Ong menjadi Hongtay / [diceritakan semula] oleh Wan Boon Seng. Singapore : Sing Seng Book, 1933.
Chrita dulu-kala bernama "Kek-Hua Siochia" di zaman Liat Kok / [diubahsuai] oleh Wan Boon Seng.
Wan, Boon Seng.Singapore : Sing Seng Book, 1933.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Song Chit Neo (Lao Sua )

Madam Song Chit Neo is the second wife of Mr Chia Leong Chuan, head shroff of the Merchantile Bank. Mr Chia Leong Chuan, if you have read my earlier article is the father of Mr Chia Hood Theam and Chia Hood Sang.

Madam Song Chit Neo  (Mrs Chia Leong Chuan)
Listed in the tomb shoulder is "In Memory of Madam Song Chit Neo" and  listed is her daughter's name; Chia Lim Neo, Grandsons; Ong Swee Chew, Ong Swee Gam, Ong Swee Hock, Ong Swee Chiang and grand daughter, Ong Swee Neo.
Tomb shoulder of Madam Song Chit Neo
Madam Song Chit Neo (Mrs. Chia Leong Chuan) passed away at the age of 63 on January 23, 1921 at 1:15 am. She passed away at "Woodsville" off Serangoon Road, the residence of her daughter, Mrs Ong Teck Lim (Madam Chia Lim Neo).

Daughter: Chia Lim Neo (Mrs Ong Teck Lim )
In 1913, the Anglo-Chinese School received a donation of $3,000 to established 3 scholarships in the Senior Cambridge and Seventh Standard named after Ong Teck Lim, an old boy of the school. The donation was given by his widow, Nonya Chia Lim Neo in fulfilment of her husband wishes to help poor chinese boy who would otherwise be unable to continue in school.
Madam Chia Lim Neo (Mrs Ong Teck Lim)
source: National Archives
Ong Teck Lim was a Justice of Peace and Municipal Commissioner (appointed in 1906). His cousin is Ong Kim Wee, a merchant from Malacca. Both were honored in a ceremony held in 1921 were Mr Seow Poh Leng, Manager of the Ho Hong Bank on behalf of the ACS old boys unveiled the portraits of the late Ong Teck Lim and Ong Kim Wee.

Ong Teck Lim also donated to Raffles and St. Joseph Institution and the scholarship's were also named after him. After the death of Mr. Ong Teck Lim, Chia Lim Neo, of St. Thomas Walk, bought over Woodsville (a freehold property of 18 acres off Serangoon Road) for $100,000 in 1920.

Kiong Choon Guan was a recipient of the Ong Teck Lim scholarship in 1916

Grandson: Ong Swee Chew
Ong Swee Chew, the eldest son of the late Mr Ong Teck Lim married Miss Tan Siew Hay Neo, the second daughter of Mr Tan Chin Cheng. The wedding took place in the Ong Swee Chew's residence in Woodsville on September 9, 1921. However in August 1922, they were separated and Ong Swee Chew place a notice in the papers that Miss Tan Siew Hay Neo was no longer under his protection having left the house without consent.

Grandson: Ong Swee Gam 
There was a notice of Mr Ong Swee Gam, the second son of the late Mr Ong Teck Lim leaving for London to take up his profession in medicine in March 1922.

Grandson: Ong Swee Chiang
Ong Swee Chiang left for Europe in 1929 to study law. On May 17, 1930 in London, Mr Ong Swee Chiang, the youngest son of the late Mr Ong Teck Lim and Mrs Ong Teck Lim married Miss Gaw Bee Neo, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Gaw Khek Khiam of 15 Newton Road. (Gaw Khek Kiam is the managing director of Ho Ho Biscuit, first established by Chew Boon Lay)

Unique elephant statute


The tomb of Song Chit Neo is located in Lao Sua, in the jungle very close to PIE Whitley Road /Stevens Road 600m sign. Lao Sua is also sometimes referred as Greater Bukit Brown.

Untitled. (1913, April 26). Weekly Sun, page 6
Untitled. (1920, April 23). The Straits Times
Death. (1921, January 28). The Singapore Free Press, page 6
Announcement. (1921, September 6). The Straits Times, page 8
ACS Old Boys. (1921, August 13). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
Announcement. (1922, March 25). The Straits Times, page 8
Social and Personal. (1929, February 28). The Straits Times, page 8
Marriage. (1930, June 25). The Singapore Free Press, page 1

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chia Hock Chwee (Bukit Brown)

My research on the "story" of how Mr. Lim Chong Pang married a fisherman's daughter led me to Mr Chia Hock Chwee. There was a story that Mr Lim Chong Pang and some of his family members while trying to escape in a ship from Singapore just before the fall of Singapore in 1942, that ship was hit by Japanese bombs from planes and sunk. The story goes that he was rescued by fisherman and out of gratitude to this fisherman, he married the fisherman's daughter.The fact was that he did not marry the fisherman (Mr Tay Ah Soey) daughter. The part that holds truth to this story other than the ship indeed was sunk- he did marry Mr Chia Hock Chwee's (a fisherman by profession) daughter, Chia Meow Moey in 1944.
Chia Hock Chwee

Although born and educated in Raffles Institution up to Standard VII, Chia Hock Chwee declined a clerical job (which paid very well in those days) and decided to be a fisherman. From 1912, right up to 1948, this was his chosen profession and probably he owned a fleet of it. When he retired, he led a secluded life.


Chia Hock Chwee died in his residence in 177-44, West Hill Road, (13 1/2 mile) Seletar  at the age of 62 on September 13, 1956. He is buried in Block V, Section B, plot 152. Many Tamils and Tamil organisations sent wreaths and messages on the occasion of the funeral. This is because his sons, just like his son-in-law,  Lim Chong Pang were involved in film industry. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons (Chia Soon Ann, Chia Soon Hai), 5 daughters, 2 son-in-law, 2 daughter-in-law and 21 grandchildren. His eldest son, Mr. Chia Soon Ann is associated with the South East Asia Company and is a regular visitor to India and has numerous Indian friends. Chia Soon Ann's brother-in-law is the late Mr Lim Chong Pang who passed away in July. His wife, Madam Chew Ah Boo passed away on November 17, 1965 at the age of 73.
Fresh flowers for Mr and Mrs Chia Hock Chwee
(descendants still visiting)

Tomb of Mr and Mrs Chia Hock Chwee
Block V, Section B plot 152


Daughter: Chia Meow Moey (Moya) / Mrs Lim Chong Pang
In October 17, 1944, Lim Chong Pang married Miss Chia Meow Moey (Moya), second daughter of Mr and Mrs Chia Hock Chwee of Syonan  (Singapore during Japanese occupation). On August 9, 2605 (1945), Mrs Lim Chong Pang nee Moya Chia Meow Moey gave birth to a baby girl, Moileen Lim Seok Lin.There used to be a road in Chong Pang area named after his father-in-law, Hock Chwee Road.
Chia Meow Moey ( 2nd daughter)
married to Lim Chong Pang 
Son: Mr Chia Soon Ann
Mr Chia Soon Ann (eldest son of Mr Chia Hock Chwee) is the manager of Garrick Theatre and South East Asia Film Company. Like his brother-in-law, Lim Chong Pang, he is a horse racing lover and member of the Singapore Turf Club Election Committee. He passed away at the age of 72 on May 27, 1987.
Lim Chong Pang, his son Lim Eng Kwan and Chia Soon Ann
Chia Soon Ann

Son: Mr Chia Soon Hai
Mr. Chia Soon Hai (second son of Mr Chia Hock Chwee) married Miss Quek Siew Yong on October 19, 1949. Chia Soon Hai is the manager of Sultan Theatre.

Advertisement. (1944, October 17). Syonan Times.
Married at Seletar. (1949, October 25). Indian Daily Mail.
Death. (1956, September 14). The Straits Times, page 8
Late Mr. Chia Hock Chwee. (1956, September 23). Indian Daily Mail.
Roads named after aliases and relatives. (1985, February 1).The Straits Times, page 21
Chia's two great loves- movies and racing. ( 1987, May 29). The Straits Times,