Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tan Bin Cheng (Bukit Brown)

Tan Bin Cheng comes from an established Straits Settlement family. He is the son of Tan Swee Lim and grandson of Tan Tock Seng. Tan Bin Cheng is also related to Mr. Tan Chay Yan, a Malacca millionaire.Tan Bin Cheng was a committee member of the Penang Rubber Exchange and owned many landed property and buildings. His residence after his retirement in No 57 Hill Street.

In November 1921, a few months before he died, Tan Bin Cheng gave the power of attorney to two of his sons, Tan Hong Tee and Tan Hong Tian.
Tan Bin Cheng
source: NewspaperSG
Mr. Tan Bin Cheng died on  May 22, 1922 at his residence in No. 29 Killiney Road and is one the first few people to be buried in Bukit Brown when it first opened. He is survived by a widow (Madam Chua Geok Im Neo) and 3 sons. (Tan Hong Tian, Tan Hong Tee, Tan Hong Poh). An interesting note was that in 1904, he applied to the Municipal for licenses for new graves at his land in Alexandra Road before it was refused as no further grave license were granted for land there. Tan Bin Cheng is buried in Hill 1 Section A, plot no 35, one of earliest burials in Bukit Brown.

Madam Chua Geok Im Neo passed away at the age of 86 years in 1946.
Tan Bin Cheng's restored tomb
Sikh guards of Tan Bin Cheng
Estate of Tan Bin Cheng (source: NewspaperSG)
Father: Tan Swee Lim 
Tan Swee Lim is one of the sons of Mr. Tan Tock Seng. Another of Tan Tock Seng son is Tan Kim Ching who is also buried in Bukit Brown.  During Tan Kim Cheng's absence in 1872, it was reported that Tan Swee Lim was acting Siamese Counsel. Tan Swee Lim passed away in 1885.
Mrs Tan Swee Lim died at her residence at 57 Hill Street on April 13, 1908.
Tan Swee Lim 
Tan Swee Lim's and Tan Bin Cheng's tomb was recently restored by their descendants and place upright again. It is located in a cluster of what is suspected to be related to the Tan cluster and next to Tan Boo Liat (grandson of Tan Kim Ching) at Hill 3.

Son: Tan Hong Poh
Mr Tan Hong Poh, second son of Tan Bin Cheng married Miss Wee Li Lian, eldest daughter of Mr. Wee Theam Tew on December 8, 1907.

Son: Tan Hong Beng
Mr. Tan Hong Beng, third son of Tan Bin Cheng passed away on June 8, 1920 at No 29 Killiney Road

Fortunately for Tan Bin Cheng's tomb, it lies outside of the 8 lane highway.

Municipal Commission. (1904, September 1). The Singapore Free Press
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1907. (1907, December 3). The Singapore Free Press
Domestic Occurrences. (1908, April 15). The Singapore Free Press
Death. (1920, June 9). The Straits Times.
Advertisement. (1921, December 1). The Straits Times
Death. (1922, May 23). The Straits Times.
Advertisement. (1925, November 24).The Straits Times
Acknowledgement. (1946, May 22). The Straits Times
A unique lion and sikh guard. [website]. Bukit Brown, Our roots, Our future
Wright, Arnold, and Henry Adolphus Cartwright, eds. Twentieth century impressions of British Malaya: its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources. Lloyd's Greater Britain publishing Company, limited, 1908.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

St. Andrew's Cross Spider (Sighting in Bukit Brown)

On vesak day, a visit to Bukit Brown led to a close encounter with a very striking and pretty spider. Unfortunately, for the person in the picture, it was spotted crawling slowly down his pants. We remained calm and i took out my handphone and took a quick picture before gently removing it to the ground. I was not sure what spider it was and hence decided to post it up on facebook for identification. 

[From PatSG]
The striking oval yellow spider was a young adult female Argiope aemula or St. Andrew's Cross Spider. The black abdominal stripes & white bands are more pronounced in older females, but indistinct or lacking in juvenile females. 
St. Andrew's Cross Spider

Monday, May 12, 2014

Golden-ringed Cat Snake (Sighting in Bukit Brown)

Spotted in Bukit Brown at Hill 3 on May 11, 2014 on a log over a stream at around 10:15 am was a Golden-ringed Cat Snake ( Boiga dendrophila ) also known as a Mangrove Snake. It was calm despite human activities nearby and seem to be just basking under the shadow of the sunlight. It's distinct colors are unmistakable and what caught our eyes.

Beautiful yellow ring on black 

close up of the Golden-ringed Cat snake

Spot the Golden-ringed cat snake 
Reading up a bit about this snake, they have a vertical slit-like pupils which looks like cat's eyes, hence probably its name. The snakes are said to be only mildly venomous to humans and feed largely on a diet of birds, lizards, frogs and are known to be good swimmers. They grow up to about 2.5 meters and are usually active at night and habitat is in forested areas near to streams.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tan Hee Thye (Bukit Brown)

While exploring Bukit Brown Hill 3 Division D, the picture of a nyonya ( a Straits Settlement lady) with 3 kerongsang (brooch) on her dress caught my eye. The tomb needed to be cleared before i can make out her name. After clearing her tomb of the bird nest fern that was growing on its altar table and chalking the words, it was revealed to me that it is the tomb of Madam Ong Mui Gek, wife of the late Mr. Tan Hee Thye, died 31-10-1935. Unfortunately, i do not have any information about Madam Ong, but her late husband, Tan Hee Thye gave me insights of a robbery which lead to his untimely demised.
Mrs Tan Hee Thye nee Madam Ong Mui Gek 

Mr. Tan Hee Thye, a young Straits Chinese man was killed by a shot in the head by a gang of robbers who robbed his family house in No. 50 or 56 Neil Road on August 2, 1926. As he was returning home, a gunshot rang out and he was found lying mortally wounded by his sister at the doorsteps with a wound in his head. He died that very night.

Dr. Hannah Tan ( the sister of Tan Hee Thye) recounted that she was sitting in the hall of the house at around 8:10 pm on August 2, 1926, when a group of Cantonese speaking men broke in. They ransacked all the rooms including upstairs and robbed the inhabitants while one man remained downstairs. The hall was lighted with electric lights allowing Dr. Hannah to clearly see him. He was armed with a pistol and told Dr. Hannah Tan to not be afraid. After half an hour, the men came down. As the man with the revolver was about to leave, he heard someone approaching the gates. He went to the door, and fired a shot (which killed Tan Hee Thye) and the gang of robbers ran off after that with $851 worth of goods.

Ho Kuen, was eventually caught and after photo identification and a identification parade of 16 men, the accused was sentence to death for the murder of Tan Hee Thye. When the accused was caught by a Malay detective in Tanjong Pagar Road who wrestled him down and found on his person, a pistol and some of the bullets match the one that was discharged and found lodged behind the head of Tan Hee Thye. Murderer Ho Kuen was dragged to court again in September 22, this time for the armed robbery of house in Rowell Road. He was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for that crime.

Pioneer female doctor
During the trial of the robbery and murder of his brother in 1926, Dr. (Miss) Hannah Tan was said to be a doctor working for Kandang Kerbau Hospital. She was a pupil in Raffles Girls' School. Miss Hannah Tan received her Diploma of L.M.S from the King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1925.

Lee Choo Neo (graduated 1919), Soo Kim Lan (graduated 1925), Hannah Tan (graduated 1925) were pioneer Chinese female doctors of that time. Dr Soo Kim Lan went to Kuala Lumpur to set up her practice and had the honor of being the first Malaysian Chinese female doctor. She passed away at the age of 87 in 1981.
Dr Hannah Tan 
Dr. Hannah Tan passed away at the age of 77 on December 11, 1977. She is survived by her sister, Tan Soh Khew, brother-in-law; Ho Boon Liat ; 5 daughters: Margaret, Sylvia, Heng Lan, Siew Leng and Josephine. 3 son-in-laws:  Bong Lip Look, Sim Cheng Soon, Colin Chan. The funeral service was held at 20 Fort Road before burial at Choa Chu Kang.
Back to Mr. Tan Hee Thye
Where is Mr Tan Hee Thye's final resting place? This is yet unknown to me.

The College of Medicine. (1925, Match 31). The Straits Times.
Neil Road Murder. (1926, September 2). The Straits Times
Neil Road Murder. (1926, September 3). The Singapore Free Press
The Assizes. Neil Road Murder Sentence. (1926, September 16). The Straits Times
Neil Road Murder. (1926, September 16). The Singapore Free Press
An occasional note. (1926, September 17). The Straits Times
Chinese Topics in Malaya.(1932, February 4). The Straits Times
Deaths. (1977, December 13). The Straits Times
Pioneer Doctor dies. (1981, November 16). The Straits Times.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lim Liak (Tiong Bahru)

I was at Tiong Bahru for dinner yesterday and taking a walk around that area prior to dinner. Tiong Bahru for the last few years is having a revival of sorts with its beautiful art deco buildings conserved and a new community of people and business moving in, making this area a fusion of new and old, with new cafes, bookshops alongside traditional coffee shops and eateries. While making my way to the hawker centre, the street name of the road opposite Tiong Bahru market caught my eye. The street name was Lim Liak Street.

Lim Leack / Lim Liak came from China in or about the year 1825, and was involved in tin mining in the Malaya as well as the cultivation of tapioca in Malacca. As a merchant, his firm, Leack Chin Seng & Co. had a branch office in Malacca, and as early as 1851 the firm had owned several schooners flying the British flag and he traded with China. He married a Straits born wife, Madam Yeo Im Neo and among his descendants is a Mr Lim Chan Sin (cashier to Sandilands, Buttery & Co,) who is his grandson.
Lim Liak / Lim Leack 
Leack Chin Seng & Co founding partners included merchants such as Messrs Chee Yam Chuan (of Malacca) and Messrs Tan Chin Seng. Another founding partner of Lim Leack's Co was the Choa family, notably Choa Chuan Ghiok, whose nephew Kim Keat started his career in the tin industry.

His large business relations with China made him to make frequent visits to his native country, and he died there at the age of 71 years. A telegram from Hongkong dated the September 1, 1875 was received here announcing the death of Lim Leack on  August 22, 1875.
Lim Liak Street
Opposite the street sign is the Tiong Bahru hawker centre

Family Tree and the Bukit Brown connection 
Lim Leack two sons were famous in their own right (that is for a future article) and when they passed away they were initially buried in a private family cluster in Tiong Bahru area. Due to colonial government development of Tiong Bahru re area, Lim Teck Ghee and Lim Teck Whee tombs together with Mrs Lim Liak, were reinterred to Bukit Brown in 1928.

Lim Leack /Lim Liak married to Madam Yeo Im Neo
Sons: Lim Teck Ghee, Lim Teck Whee, Lim Teck Chong

Lim Teck Ghee (died 1891)
Wife: Tan Poh Neo
Sons: Lim Chan Eng, Lim Hock Hin
Grandson: Lim Hong Siang

Lim Teck Whee (died 1883)
Wife:  Wee Watt Neo
Sons: Lim Chan Sin, Lim Chan Siew

Lim Teck Ghee (Bukit Brown)

Lim Teck Whee (Bukit Brown)

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Ang Choon Seng and family (Bukit Brown)

Ang Choon Seng  (1805- 1852) was born in Malacca and came to Singapore at an early age. He started business as a commission agent and provisional goods merchant under the company name of chop Chin Seng at Phillip Street. He also owned two schooners, (Patah Salam and Kong Kek) that ploy the Saigon (now Ho Chin Minh) and Bangkok route mostly dealing with the trading of rice. He also expanded to become a nutmeg plantation owner and also owning properties in Moulmein Road.

In 1831, 36 Chinese merchants and traders formed themselves into a Family Benefit Society also named as Keng Teck Whay. It was a society of "sworn brothers" and membership is only for the descendants of the 36 founders of different surnames. Some of the founders include See Boon Tiong, Chee Teang Why, Chee Kim Guan, So Guan Chuan, Neo Chan Guan, Yeo Kim Swee and Ang Choon Seng. The members each contributed 100 Spanish dollars, as seed fund to invest in property which will provide steady income and financial assistance for poor widows and families of the society.
The 36 Brethren - Founders of Keng Teck Whay
Keng Teck Whay (source: PictureSG)

Ang Choon Seng died in February 2, 1852 and was buried in a private cemetery in Moulmein Road. He was re interred to Bukit Brown in 1932.

His business was taken over by Ang Kim Cheak and joined later by his other son, Ang Kim Tee. After the death of Ang Kim Cheak in 1870, Ang Kim Tee continued as sole proprietor until he eventually died himself on December 14, 1901. The company ceased to operate with the death of Ang Kim Tee.


Son: Ang Kim Cheak (born 1827 - died 1870)
Both Ang Kim Cheak and Ang Kim Tee held successive post has Treasurer in the Kim Seng Free School for chinese boys in Amoy Street.

Son: Ang Kim Tee (born 1839 - died 1901)
Ang Kim Cheak married the daughter of Mr Lim Kong Wan. A daughter married Mr Lim Teck Wee of the Straits Office. His son, Ang Hock Siew was the chief cashier of the Straits Steamship Co. Ltd.

3 of Ang Kim Tee's daughters married the Hon. Mr Tan Jiak Kim successively. In 1878, a marriage with Ang Geok Hoe was arranged for Tan Jiak Kim when he was 19 years old. Unfortunately, Ang Geok Hoe died. Tan Jiak Kim remarried - first to Ang Geok Hean, who passed away in 1911, and then to Ang Geok Lan.

Song, Ong Siang. One hundred years' history of the Chinese in Singapore. Ed. Edwin Lee. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1984.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Koh San Hin and family (Bukit Brown)

Koh San Hin, J.P (1873-1929) was a Straits born Chinese and a well known rubber planter and the Chairman of Nyalas Rubber Estates (1914-1929) , Director of Ulu Pandan Rubber Estates and Mandai-Tekong Estates. He even named his residence in 90 Grange Road as the Rubber Lodge. In 1910, he established a successful trading business in No 26 The Arcade and expanded also to be the Chairman of the Malayan Tribune Press, Ltd (1914) and was a Board of Director in the Eastern United Assurance Corporation, Limited. Koh San Hin was the son of Mr. Koh Eng Hoon of Malacca. Koh San Hin was also a Municipal Contractor, having tendered and also won various bids such as a $38,500 bid for erection of one block Subordinate Staff terraces at Bukit Timah Road on December 24, 1927 and a $24,000 bid to extend Municipal stores in River Valley on April, 19, 1928. 

Other than being a successful businessman, he gave his time as well to public activities by playing active roles in various boards and associations:
  • President of the Straits Chinese British Association (1913-1916)
  • Member of Council of King Edward VII College of Medicine (1923-)
  • Management Committee of Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Visiting Justice of the Singapore Prison's (1924-)
  • Member of the Board of Licensing Justices (till 1927)
  • Rent Assessment Board (1919-)
  • Rubber Producers Association of Malaya
Koh San Hin

Death and special request
Koh San Hin passed away at the age of 56 on September 13, 1929 after a long illness at his residence, Rubber Lodge in  90 Grange Road. Koh San Hin is survived by his 2 widows, his son, Koh Kim Han, 1 daughter, 1 daughter-in-law, 6 grandsons and 5 granddaughters. His son, Koh Kim Han was the sole executor of his will. He is buried in Block 3 Division B, plot 932.

Mrs Koh San Hin nee Madam Seow Geok Lin (born 28/7/1872- 30/4/1968) passed away at the age of 96 at her residence in No. 87 Kovan Road in 1968. She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Mrs Koh Kim Han, several grand and great grandchildren. The cortege left from Paya Lebar Methodist Church for burial in Bukit Brown on May 1, 1968 at 3.00 pm.
Tomb of Mr and Mrs Koh San Hin

Koh San Hin, before his death requested that he should be buried with 7 days of his death and his wishes were respected when a large number of relatives and friends assembled at his residence, "Rubber Lodge" and the funeral cortege left from Grange Road to Bukit Timah Road by way of Orchard Road and Selegie Road. On arrival at Bukit Brown, ceremonies were performed in accordance with the customary Chinese funeral rites. The chief mourners present were Mr. and Mrs. Koh Kim Han (son and daughter-in-law), Mrs. Chua Choon Siew (widowed daughter), Mr. Koh San Tee, Koh San Lim and Koh San Beng (brothers), granchildren and a grand nephew (Mr. Poey Teck Cheng). 

The tomb of Mr and Mrs Koh San Hin was recently clean up by Bukit Brown volunteers who also help to link up with the descendants of the Koh family. What is interesting to note on Madam Seow Geok Lin's tomb is the death date is not indicated, but the newspaper article clearly states that she was buried in Bukit Brown. Checking the burial records, confirms her burial in Bukit Brown, Block 3, Division B, plot 904
Seow Geok Lan burial record


Father: Koh Eng Hoon
Koh Eng Hoon's ancestry is well documented in Sir Song's book. He is the son of Koh Kee Oot and grandson of Koh Teck Hin and great grandfather, Koh Chin. Koh Chin left China 200 years ago and settled in Malacca and were traders. Koh Eng Hoon came down to Singapore at the age of 17 in 1840 and worked in a chinese shop before joining Boustead & Co. as a cashier. In 1845, he started a business as merchant and commissioning agent and had large business dealings with Bugis traders in Singapore and Malacca. In 1863, at 40 years old, he retired and left his business, Koh Eng Hoon & Co. (chop Soon Bee based in Malacca Street) in the hands of his eldest son-in-law, Soh Hong Chuan as his sons, Koh San Tee, Koh San Chuan and Koh San Lim. He spent most of time then in Malacca where he died in 1888. There is a street in Tiong Bahru called Eng Hoon Street.
Koh Eng Hoon
Koh Eng Hoon's tomb in Melaka
Koh Eng Hoon's tomb in Melaka

Demise and rebirth of Koh Eng Hoon & Co. (chop Soon Bee)
At the time of Koh Eng Chuan's death on September 11, 1880, the business was thriving. The manager and eldest son-in-law, Soh Hong Chuan left the company in 1883 to start his own business. The company went into tin speculations and has a result loss heavily and suspended payment in 1890 and company declared bankrupt in 1891. Eventually the name of Koh Eng Hoon & Sons. (chop Soon Bee) was revived in 1901 with focus on the manufacture of Sarawak Sago flour, whose brand in the local market is known as S.B.A. flour. This company is managed by his eldest son, Koh San Tee. Koh San Hin as we know, made a fortune in rubber in 1909.

Brother: Koh San Tee
Koh San Tee passed away at his residence in No 279, Joo Chiat Road at the age of 77 on February 19, 1932, leaving behind 2 widows, 5 sons ( Koh Kim Guan, Koh Kim Choon, Koh Ek Wan, Koh Kim Soo and Tan Yean Swee), 7 daughters, 5 son-in-laws, several grandchildren, 2 brothers and 6 sisters. He is buried in Bukit Brown.
source: Bukit Brown Documentation Project
.許山治 (1054), 朱正娘 (1053), 蔡秀娘(1055) are affected by the 8 lane highway.

Daughter-in-law: Mrs Koh Kim Han (nee Chia Siew Lian)
Chia Siew Lian is the daughter of Chia Hood Theam. She passed away on June 26, 1972.
Madam Chia Siew Lian 

Daughter: Kok Siok Kuan alias Chi Chik
Koh Siok Kuan alias Chi Chik passed away at the age of 41 on 23 July 1933 at her residence No. 195 Joo Chiat Road. She is survived by her husband, Ong Seng Kit, 4 daughters, 2 sons (Ong Kwee Wah, Ong Choon Thiam) and her only brother, Mr. Koh Kim Han. She is buried in Senh Ong Cemetery. 

Supreme Court. (1893, March 29). The Singspore Free Press
Straits Chinese British Association (1917, December 13). The Singapore Free Press
Municipal Activities. (1927, December 24). The Straits Times
Town and Country (1928, April 19). The Straits Times
Mr Koh San Hin. (1929, September 14). The Straits Times
The late Mr. Koh San Hin. Burial at Bukit Brown. (1929, September 17). Malaya Tribune
Advertisement. (1931, March 1). The Straits Times
Deaths. (1932, February 20). The Singapore Free Press
Advertisement. (1968, May 1). The Straits Times
Song, Ong Siang. One hundred years' history of the Chinese in Singapore. Ed. Edwin Lee. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1984.
Documentation of Graves. [website] The Bukit Brown Documentation Project
A tag for History and a Trustee. [website]. Bukit Brown Cemetery, our roots, our future

Koh San Hin 

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Seet Ghee Kim (Bukit Brown)

Seet Ghee Kim passed away at the age of 64 in July 1, 1931. He is survived by one son, Seet Cheng Kang and one daughter, Seet Bee Geok Neo. His wife, Madam Ee Hay Neo passed away at the age of 75  in November 9, 2603 (1943) at her residence in No 190 East Coast Road, Synonan. She is survived by one son, Seet Cheng Kang, partner of Messrs. Pacific Trader Agency and Oversea Agency, one daughter, one-daughter-in-law and nine grandchildren.

Son: Seet Cheng Kang
Seet Cheng Kang married in 1937 to Miss Chua Swee Neo, daughter of Mr Chua Kim Teng and the late Mrs Chua Kim Teng. He was stated to be working at Rotterdam Trading Co. during the time of his marriage. Later he became a partner in Pacific Trader Agency and Oversea Agency.

Chinese Wedding in Singapore. ( 1937, March 22). The Singapore Free Press
Deaths. (1943, November 10). Syonan Times 

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Ng Boo Bee (Taiping)

Ng Boo Bee (1853-1921) 黄务美, was born and educated in Fujian, China before making his way to Malaya, first in Penang before eventually making a name for himself in the State of Perak. His father is Ng Koh Sung and mother, U Choot Kwah. He started out as a brick manufacturer and timber merchant under the name of Chop Swee Bee in Taiping,  Ipoh and Teluk Anson. In Taiping, he acquired the tender contract as a railway contractor under Mr. C.R. Hanson, Resident Engineer for Perak Railways and was probably responsible for the building of the first railway in Malaya which connected Taiping to Port Weld. It was during this time he shrewdly acquired land around Kamunting. 
Ng Boo Bee
Millionaire tin miner 
The land purchases around Kamunting made Ng Boo Bee a millionaire and with that he acquired also various houses in Taiping and also Penang. The Governor of the Straits Settlement, Sir John Anderson visited Ng Boo Bee tin mine in 1908 which had at that time, employed 4,500 men in his tin mines.

Sir John Anderson and Ng Boo Bee at his mines
Ng Boo Bee's open cast mine 
Ng Boo Bee's mine
Opium and Spirits Farm
In a 1905, a tender by the Perak government for the lease of the Perak General Farm for 1906-1908 to replace the ones held by Loke Yew was issued. It was won by Ng Boo Bee who after mediation from the Perak Resident E.W. Birch, a syndicate (Perak Coast Chandu Farm) was form by Ng Boo Bee with Chung Thye Phin becoming his partner. Ng Boo Bee paid $12,000 a month for the lease. Ng Boo Bee had his sights on bigger things, as he went on to acquire the leases of the Revenue Farm of Selangor and Pahang, acquiring the Revenue Farms of three states by 1907 !

Community Leader
Ng Boo Bee is a member of the Taiping Sanitary Board, a Visiting Justice and a prominent leader in the Hokkien community. He was one of the Directors of the Eastern Smelting Company Limited. Other directors included Eu Tong Seng, Chung Thye Pin, Lim Kek Chuan, Khaw Joo Tok, Chu Shu Ming and Loke Chow Thye. When a massive fire burnt down the entire town in 1880, it was said that he rebuilt almost half of Taiping.

Ng Boo Bee passed away on September 24, 1921.
Listed on his tomb are:
His sons: Ng Ann Thye, Ng Ann Tang, Ng Ann Cheng, Ng Ann Chong, Ng Ann Chuan and Ng Ann Aik
His daughters: Ng Ceak Loo, Ng Ceak Choo
His grandsons: Ng Say Phuan, Ng Say Thuan, Ng Say Kek, Ng Say Tee, Ng Say Choon
His grand daughters: Ng Hoe Sim, Ng Hoe Chim, Ng Hoe Yean, Ng Hoe Kin, Ng Hoe Tee, Ng Hoe See

Wife: Madam Ewe Keoh Neoh
Ng Boo Bee married Ewe Keoh Neoh, a nyonya from Penang.  In 1928, a grand celebration was held for Madam Ewe Keoh Neoh ( wife of the late Ng Boo Bee) in conjunction with her 60th birthday. The celebration was held from January 12-15th and large gatherings and several functions were organised by her 5 surviving sons ; Ng Ann Thye, Ng Ann Cheng, Ng Ann Chong, Ng Ann Chuan and Ng Ann Aik. On the eve of her birthday, performances by the Taiping Chinese Amateur Dramatic Association whose President is Ng Ann Chong.

The theatre was temporarily erected in the grounds of their family home in Upper Museum Road and it attracted one of the biggest audiences, Taiping as ever seen. For her birthday celebration itself, over 500 guest were invited including Mr. Lim Sum Kip, J.P. President of the Hokkien association, Mr. C.C. Brown (Secretary to Resident, Perak), Messrs. C.E. Cummings and many other prominent Perakians. Several thousands of dollars were spent during the duration of the birthday celebration events.
Ng Boo Bee and family
(source: Returning Taiping) 
Eldest son: Ng Ann Thye
Ng Ann Thye was a famous Perak sportsman and frequently took the Taiping soccer team to play in Penang. He was a member of the Taiping Sanitary Board and a committee member of the Taiping Turf Club. He served in various public bodies as well. Ng Ann Thye passed away in 1936.

In 1931, Ng Ann Thye sued his mother, Madam Ewe Keoh Neoh for the administration of accounts in connection with the estate of his father. The estate of the late Ng Boo Bee is said to be worth well over a million dollars and spread over Taiping, Ipoh and Teluk Anson. In his statement in the Supreme Court, Ng Boo Bee said that his mother was negligent in the performance of duties undertaken in agreements. The judge ruled for the defendant and Madam Ewe Keoh Neoh maintained trusteeship of the estate.

Tomb and Legacy
Ng Boo Bee's tomb is located at the Taiping Hokkien Cemetery, Taman Tupai Mas, Jalan Taman Tasik. There is a road name after him as well as many houses that are associated with Ng Boo Bee. There is a fountain in Taiping Lake that was donated by him, among many other contributions to Taiping.
Tomb of Ng Boo Bee
Tomb of Ng Boo Bee
A road name after Ng Boo Bee

81 Jalan Kota (backdoor)
One of the many houses of Ng Boo Bee
along Jalan Kelab Cina / Jalan Kota
[research on-going]

Ho, Tak Ming. Ipoh: When Tin was King. Perak Academy, 2009.
Returning Taiping: the town of tin, rain, commerce, leisure and heritage. Centre of Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA), Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, 2010.
Wright, Arnold, and Henry Adolphus Cartwright, eds. Twentieth century impressions of British Malaya: its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources. Lloyd's Greater Britain publishing Company, limited, 1908.
Madam Ewe Keoh Neoh Entertains. (1928, February 28). Malayan Saturday Post
Millionaire's Estate. (1931, July 16) The Straits Times
Mr. Ng Ann Thye Death of Well-Known Perak Sportsman. ( 1936, May 3). The Straits Times.
Ng Boo Bee [website] Overseas Chinese in the British Empire

Seow Eng Tin (Bukit Brown)

Mr. Seow Eng Tin was a shareholder of the Chinese Commercial Bank, Limited and owned land in Johore. Mr. Seow Eng Tin died on October 17, 1929 age 55. He leaves behind a widow,two sons, Messrs. Seow Tiong Teck and Seow Tiong Soo, one daughter, Mrs. Koh Kong Guan, one grandson and 2 granddaughters.
Seow Eng Tin
Mrs. Seow Eng Tin, nee Madame Tan Keng Neo, died at her residence. No. 75, Neil Road, Singapore, September 11, 1935 age 56. Mrs. Scow leaves behind two sons, Messrs. Seow Tiong Teck and Seow Tiong Soo (both of the Universal Motor Accessory Co.) and one daughter, Mrs. Koh Kong Guan, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law and 4 grandchildren.

Madam Tan Keng Neo 
beautiful western lions
Estate battles and auctions
In December 21, 1934, Madam Tan Keng Neo put out a advertisement removing his son, Seow Tiong Teck from able to act on her behalf on his belated father's estate. Madam Tan Keng Neo was granted probate and executioner of her late husband's estate on February 21, 1930. Seow Tiong Teck passed away at the age of 75 on August 21, 1976

In an auction notice dated April and August 1933, Seow Eng Tin had land in No. 15, 16. Jalan Station in Kluang, Johore with each at 1,800 sq ft as well as 42 acres of land in Johore Bahru which are planted with mostly rubber trees. This indicates that Mr. Seow Eng Tin had a number of properties both in Singapore and Malaya.

Death. (1929, October 18). The Straits Times
Advertisement. (1930, April 7). The Straits Times
Advertisement. (1933, May 6). The Straits Times
Advertisement. (1933, September 1). The Straits Times
Advertisement. (1934, December 22). The Straits Times
Mrs. Seow Eng Tin. (1935, September 13). The Straits Times