Friday, July 05, 2013

Lim Teck Kim and family (Bukit Brown)

Lim Teck Kim was born in Kinmen. He passed away on June 28, 1938 at the age of 55, leaving behind 11 sons and 13 daughters.  Lim Teck Kim established the Lim Hoe Chiang Co , a General Store which marketed the "Global Brand" coffee and W.D & H.O Wills of Bristol and London "Flag Brand" cigarettes at 250 Tanjong Pagar Road. Lim Teck Kim also pioneered Singapore's first amusement park, "Old World (1921) which was later renamed "Happy Valley". Lim Teck Kim's brother-in-law, Ong Boon Tat subsequently opened "New World" (1923).

Lim Teck Kim

Lim Hoe Chiang Co promoting "Flag Brand" cigarettes

Unique tomb of Mr and Mrs Lim Teck Kim 
Wife: Mrs LimTeck Kim (Madam Ong )
Lim Teck Kim married the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Ong Sam Leong (from Kinmen as well). She passed away on January 16, 1911 at No 89 Chin Swee Road.

Wife: Mrs Lim Teck Kim (Madam Ho Ah Moey)
Ho Ah Moey passed away on June 9, 1951 at the age of 61 at 57 Buffalo Road. She is survived by 10 sons, 13 daughters, 10 son-in-laws, 6 daughter-in-laws, 43 grandchildren.
Madam Ho Ah Moey
One son, Lim Cheng San  lost his life during the Japanese occupation. He was interred at the Kranji War Memorial. Another son, Lim Cheng Lock was a Member of Parliament for River Valley (1959-1968) and Kampong Kapor (1968-1970). Lim Cheng Kiat was a clerk with the Straits Times.
Private Lim Cheng San 

Father: Lim Soon Guan (Choon Guan)
Lim Soon Guan (Choon Guan) had 5 sons, Lim Teck Siong, Lim Teck Hin, Lim Teck Chye, Lim Teck Kim and Lim Teck Locke. Lim Teck Siong took over the distribution and sale of liquor /wine business from his uncle, Lim Soon Tee. (chop Kim Hin & Co).

Mother: Tan Koon Lian
Tan Koon Lian, wife of the late Lim Soon Guan passed away on August 13, 1920 at the age of 61 at No. 25 Tras Street. She is the mother of Lim Teck Siong, Lim Teck Hin, Lim Teck Chye, Lim Teck Kim and Lim Teck Locke. She is buried in Alexandra Road Cemetery.

The Happy Valley

The amusement park was open on February 1, 1924 afternoon by Mrs Lee Choon Guan, M.B.E. who performed the cord cutting ceremony with a golden scissors at the main gates of Happy Valley just before the Chinese New Year. The main attraction includes a boxing stadium that can be adapted to use for theatrical shows and circuses. Another attraction is a big three decked steamer, nicknamed the "ship" with wide decks that accommodate hundreds of people. On the grounds also is a towering pagoda.

In 1925, Happy Valley also transformed to be a site of worship and memorial for the late Dr Sun Yat Sen and on the stage, the life size photo of the late Doctor, with hundreds of scrolls bearing messages of sorrow and admiration for the late Dr Sun Yat Sen supplied by the various guilds in Singapore. In front of the photograph were hundreds of flower wreaths of various forms. Men, women and children wearing black bands came to pay their respects. Among those who spoke included Mr Teo Eng Hock and Mr Ng Seng Pang.

When the King visited the Happy Valley

In 1924, His Majesty the King of Siam visited Happy Valley past midnight and was greeted at the gate by Lim Teck Kim who brought them on the visit of the grounds. They spent some time in Merry Opera Company before leaving at 1 am. Happy Valley was eventually sold off to British-American Tobacco Company. It's location was in Tanjong Pagar. Coincidentally, there is a street in that area named after him.
Lim Teck Kim 
Ho Ah Moey 

Lim Teck Kim is buried in Block 3 Division A, plot 252, 1/2 and plot 237

Advertisements. (1911, January 17). The Straits Times
Domestic Occurences. (1920, August 13). Malayan Tribune, page 4
The Happy Valley. (1924,February 2). The Straits Times
Siamese Royalties at the Happy Valley. (1924, September 30). The Singapore Free Press
Homage to Dr Sun Yat Sen. (1925, April 13). The Singapore Free Press
Saving Pneumonia Patients. (1932, July 9). The Singapore Free Press
Domestic Occurences. (1935, June 1). The Singapore Free Press
Death. (1951, June 11). The Straits Times, page 4
Casualty Details.[website] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Jerry Lim said...

I want to praise the editor for his extensive research work on Mr Lim Teck Kim, who is my grandfather. I too have done my personal research to find out more about my grandfather's lineage as well as his successful career here in Singapore. We are also hoping if we can one day have the opportunity to get in touch with our Lim's relatives.
Good work with much appreciation.
Jerry Lim

Rojak Librarian said...

Thank you Jerry Lim for the kind words and all the best in getting connected !

Ernest Kam said...

Hello, I have an old family photo of Lim Teck Locke (one of Lim Teck Kim's brothers) which includes his mother, wife and children. In it, his mother is dressed in peranakan garb. If that were the case, I am wondering how would it be that Lim Teck Kim was born in Kinmen as you mentioned here? Perhaps Mr Jerry Lim would be able to shed some light on the matter here as well.

Ernest Kam

St Bernard the Dawgee said...

Hi there. I was trying to find some info on my paternal grandfather. I was told, in my younger days, that he was Lim Teck Kim, and that the road was named after him, that his company was Lim Hoe Chiang. His shop stood on the site of the then St Andrew's Mission Hospital at the road junction. I was told he had a few wives, one of whom was my paternal grandmother, Mdm Lee Lai Heng (if I remember correctly), who passed away on April 19 (or 21) of 1976. My father was Lim Cheng Huat, his eldest brother being Lim Cheng Hai (died Feb early 2000s) and his younger brother Lim Cheng Hee (unmarried, died Feb 1 late 1980s). He had other brothers and sisters from the same birth mother, of whom I do not know their names off hand. I remember my aunt said my grandfather was peranakan, but that he did not follow his culture and traditions. If this Lim Teck Kim is indeed my grandfather, I will be most happy to find out more information, and to meet with his descendants whom I may not have known to be my relatives. I do have some documents given to me by an aunt, but unfortunately these have been misplaced in my house and I have yet to locate them. These include a rare photo of
Lim Teck Kim, and a document regarding the grave site and the tombs there. Thanks and regards, Bernard Lim Teck Guan.

Bangkok Travelbug said...

Hello Bernard,

My name is Eric Lim Teck Hock your cousin. My father is Lim Cheng Hai. Are you Cheng Kee or Cheng Hui? If I remember correctly Ah Mei is your sister and your family home was in Tanjong Katanga Road? It was such a long time ago. Trust all is well with the family. Regards to all.

Bangkok Travelbug said...

Sorry I meant Tanjong Katong Road

Bentley Tan said...

Hi Bernard
Im Ben Tan one of the maternal grandchildren.My email ( Do contact me as I still have contact with some of our cousins n we can take things frm thereon.

Bangkok Travelbug said...

Sorry Bernard, Uncle Cheng Huat is our second uncle. Got you mixed up with the other cousins. Ben was the one who sent this article to me. I never knew grandfather was buried in Bukit Brown.

St Bernard the Dawgee said...

Hello Eric and Ben. It was indeed a pleasant and great surprise to hear from you. It had been months since I posted my comment after coming across this blog. I had searched for a long time for info on grandfather. My interest was reignited after seeing a documentary from my colleague who happens to be a grandson of Lim Nee Soon. I will contact you guys soon, after I "recover" from this and gather my thoughts. I am Cheng Huat's son. My dad passed in 2000, my two eldest sisters in 2000 and 2004, and finally my mum in 2010. We used to live in Tiong Bahru in the old SIT walk-up flats. My last contact with relatives was with Aunt Lily and Aunt Kim Chwee back then, a few years ago. Will be in touch with you soon.