Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lim Pang Kiat (Bukit Brown)

To all concerned - Chinese found Dead near Godown was the headline of the article dated Tuesday, January 19, 1937. The article went on to reveal a well dressed Chinese man was found dead by a godown in Prince Edward Road on Sunday night. In his pocket was a letter addressed, "To all concerned" and near him was a bottle with dark liquid in it. The contents of the letter and liquid was not mentioned and remains a mystery.

The person was later identified as Lim Pang Kiat, a clerk with British American Tobacco Company. The article described him as being worried since the beginning of the year and was given 1 week leave from work. On Sunday, 4 pm he was last seen leaving to visit the dispensary.
Tomb of Lim Pang Kiat
Lim Pang Kiat passed away at the age of 29 on January 17, 1937. On his tomb is listed the name of his son, Lim Peng Huat and a daughter. He is buried in Bukit Brown, Hill 4 Division A.

To all concerned. (1937, January 19). The Singapore Free Press

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Birdwatching in Bidadari ( November 9, 2014)

Found time to visit Bidadari today. All around i can make out signs of development starting to envelop the whole place. The Christian portion of Bidadari has already been hoarded, from as far as i can see. I didn't spend the entire morning here as i had other plans for the day but nevertheless was happy to capture some nature shots from this short visit.

Variable Squirrel 
Tiger Shrike

Tiger Shrike 
Jacaranda flowers 
Albizia trees grows very fast on disturbed or wastelands and are seen as a "poor mother nature's" alternative to forested trees that take many decades to mature. However the problem with Albizia trees are their branches are prone to breakage and shallow roots make the tree prone to collapse especially during heavy torrential rains. This factors deemed this trees unsuitable for curated parks but this very trees attract the birds as its softwood harbors pulpa and other grubs.

Dead Albizia trunk

Close up of the dead Albizia trunk 

Moss on Albizia tree 

While exploring Bidadari i came across more Malay Muslim headstone underneath a tree reminding bird watchers and nature lovers that this place was once a cemetery.

Batam Brick (lining the drainage) 

Sarong cloth left behind by ? 

Goodbye Bidadari 

See also previous post on Bidadari :
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Jambu Fruit Dove ( December 6 ), posted on December 6, 2013
Birdwatching in Bidadari ( November 3), posted on November 3, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Muslim Cemetery), posted on October 17, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Alkaff Gardens and Lake), posted on October 8, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Birdwatching), posted on October 14, 2013
Bidadari (17 December), posted on December 18, 2012
Saving Bidadari, posted on December 5, 2012
Bidadari (7 December), posted on December 9, 2012
Bidadari (18 November), posted on November 18, 2012

Friday, November 07, 2014

Cheang Jim Kheng (Bukit Brown)

Cheang Jim Kheng is the third son of Chinese Pioneer, Cheang Hong Lim. Cheang Jim Kheng was a joint owner of the Gambier and Pepper Farmers under Chop Hup Seng and Co together with Tan Tye Choon.

Cheang Jim Kheng passsed away at the age of 64 on January 7, 1939 at No 146 Kim Seng Road. He is survived by his son, Cheang Peng Moh, 1 daughter-in-law, 5 daughters, 3 son-in-laws ( Lim Yong Koon, Koh Chong Teck, Chiong Tiong San ) and grandchildren. He is buried in Hill 4 Division C.

Madam Tan Hong Neo ( 陳鳯娘 ) passed away on July 4, 1956 at No 16, Lorong 27-A Geylang Road, leaving behind 1 son, Cheang Peng Moh, 4 daughters, Cheang Soh Gnoh, Cheang Soh Khim, Cheang Soh Mui, Cheang Soh Tin ; 1 granddaughter, Annie Cheang. Madam Tan Hong Neo ( Mrs Cheang Jim Kheng) tomb is affected by the highway and is already exhumed. Her peg number was 1221.

Madam Tan Hong Neo ( Mrs Cheang Jim Kheng)

Madam Tan Han Hong Neo ( Mrs Cheang Jim Kheng)
There is a road named after Cheang Jim Kheng during the Straits Colonial period and it was eventually changed in 1914 to Covent Alley. The road has already been expunged.

Incomplete Accounts. (1910, March 16). The Singapore Free Press
Advertisement. (1914, November 5). The Straits Times
Grave No 1221 [website] The Bukit Brown Documentation Cemetery Project

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Lim Lian Quee (Bukit Brown)

More commonly known to the Bukit Brown volunteers as the "Triple Tomb of Lim", this beautiful and ornate triple tomb bears the headstones of Madam Ong Thiam Neo, his son Lim Lian Quee (林连贵) and his wife.  Lim Lian Quee's family was from Zhao'an county, Fujian. Born in Singapore in 1891, Lim Lian Quee received initially a Chinese education, before studying in Raffles Institution. As his father passed away when he was still studying, he left school and found work in the Public Works Department. Subsequently, he founded a motorcar firm and worked there as the general manager and expanded his business into rubber.

Lim Lian Quee (林连贵)
Chong Nam School
Lim Lian Quee was one of the key pioneers who help fund Chong Nam school and played a leading role in raising funds for the school. He was President of the school's board for many years. In addition, he contributed to many philantropic causes such as schools, hospitals, Geylang Fire Relief fund and China Famine Fund, Malayan Flood Relief Fund. Lim Lian Quee was the first president of Chinese Friendly Association in 1924 which was held at his residence in 104-B Balestier Road.

Madam Ong Thiam Neo

Triple tomb of Lim 
Lim Lian Quee's tomb erected in 1927
Mr.Lim Lian Quee passed away on 1967 at the age of 76 is buried in Bukit Brown. His ashes was interred beside his mother's tomb in April 16, 1967.

Mother: Ong Thiam Neo
Madam Ong Thiam Neo passed away at the age of 66 on July 16, 1926 at her son's residence in No 104-B Balestier Road. She leaves behind two sons, Lim Chwee Pheow and Lim Lian Quee, 2 daughter-in-laws, 9 grandchildren to mourn her loss. Her burial took place on July 25, 1926.
The names listed on the tomb included: sons: Lim Chwee Pheow, Lim Lian Quee. Grandsons: Lim Teck Seng, Lim Teck Kee. Grand daughters: Lim Chye Hiang, Lim Cheng Hiang, Lim Lai Hiang, Lim Swee Hiang, Lim Bee Hiang

Wife: Madam Wee Kim Chee
Mrs Lim Lian Quee nee Wee Kim Chee passed away in October 7, 1979 at the age of 90, leaving behind sons, Lim Teck Seng, Lim Teck Kee and Lim Teck Ann, daughters; Lim Cheng Hiang, Lim Hoon Hiang, 4 daughter-in laws (Wee Lian Kee, Woo Kah Yee, Low Geok Choo, Tey Ah En), 1 son-in-law (Charlie Teo Chin Huat) , 17 grandchildren, 4 grand daughters-in-law, one grandson-in-law, 4 great grandsons. The cortege left 17B Block 28 Marine Crescent for Mt Vernon. Madam Wee Kim Chee is not buried in Bukit Brown.

Mrs Lim Lian Quee
Ornate features of the Triple tomb
Will find time to write more about the ornate elements of this tomb in another article.

Interesting tombs nearby
Lee Hoon Leong
Kung Tian Siong and family
Tan Hap Leong
Yeo Bian Chuan

[article amended on 4th March 2015 as there was confusion between another Lim Liang Quee of Lianquee Trading who passed away in July 1935 at his residence in No. 6 Hullet Road and was buried in Bidadari Cemetery. Lim Lian Quee was survived by 2 sons, 6 daughters, 1 son-in-law, 4 daughter in law and 5 grandsons.

My original article mentioned that Lim Lian Quee was the proprietor of Lianquee Trading Co. may have led to this confusion.]

Untitled. (1924, November 3). The Straits Times.
Chong Nam School Building Fund. (1925, September 14). The Singapore Free Press
Deaths. (1926, July 23). The Straits Times
Untitled. (1927, February 8). The Straits Times.
Death. (1928, June 20). The Straits Times
Domestic Occurrences.(1935, July 20).The Straits Times
Deaths. (1979, October 8). The Straits Times
Lim Lian Quee Biography from Collected Biographies of Nanyang Chinese. 

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Khoo Tiong Poh and family (Penang)

Khoo Tiong Poh / Khoo Teong Poh  邱忠波 was the eldest son of Khoo Eng Chye 邱应财 . Born in China, Khoo Tiong Poh came to the Straits Settlement when he was 22 years of age. He went on to be a prominent shipping figure and leader among the Hokkien community. In November 1874, after being in business as partner in chop Teong Ho, Market Street, Khoo Tiong Poh decided to leave and partner with Rajah Wichit of Phya Puket to become senior partner of a prominent shipping company called Bun Hin and Co, based in Malacca Street, with offices in Penang, Hong Kong, Swatow and Amoy. He was also a partner in Ann Bee and Co. (a shipchandlery business). He own steamships such as Cheang Hock Kian, Carisbrooke, Pearl and Petrel. From the Straits Directory, 1881, Khoo Teong Poh was a partner in the Opium and Spirit Farm.
source: Singapore Straits Directory 1881
source: Singapore Straits Directory 1881 
source: NewspaperSG
Khoo Tiong Poh died at the age of 62 on 1 March, 1892 after a prolong illness and was buried in Penang , his remains shipped by s.s. Cheang Chew to be buried in his plantation near Batu Lanchang. Khoo Tiong Poh had 3 wives (Yeoh Siew Kim, Tan Poo Neo, and Tio Oo Neo) and 8 sons (Khoo Geen Soon alias Khoo Phee Soon, Khoo Geen Haw, Khoo Geen Keat, Khoo Geen Lek alias Khoo Mah Lek, Khoo Geen Choe, Khoo Geen Yew, Khoo Geen Tah, and, Khoo Geen Teow), and 4 daughters (Khoo Sor Pek, Khoo Sor Tin, Khoo Sor Gan, and Khoo Sor Lan).

source: NewspaperSG
Khoo Tiong Poh and Madam Yeoh Siew Kim
Khoo Tiong Poh's tomb today. On the left is the caretaker's house
On his tomb, engraved is a Qing title conferred to him by the Qing Government. There was also a report in the Local Advertiser, dated March 15, 1892 that Khoo Tiong Poh funeral expense was estimated to be $15,000.
source: NewspaperSG

Family Tussle and Disputed Property
After the death of Khoo Tiong Poh, there were multi-claims for his assets and estates and cash of $250, 950.87  from plaintiffs consisting of Tan Poo Neo and Khoo Gin Keat and defendants consisting of Khoo Phee Soon, Khoo Mah Lek, Khoo Gin Cho, Khoo Teong Pan and Yeoh Siew Kem Neo. The estate of the late Khoo Tiong Poh was outstanding indeed with houses and land all over Singapore ! It was said that his estates in Singapore, Penang, Swatow and Amoy was worth over $2 million.
source: NewspaperSG

Madam Khoo Sor Tin (daughter of Khoo Tiong Poh) near Khoo Tiong Poh's tomb
Bukit Brown connection
Mrs Khoo Tiong Poh (Tio Oo Neo), Khoo Phee Soon , his wife and his sons Khoo Peck Siew and Khoo Peck Lock are some of the personalities i know that are /were buried in Bukit Brown.

Mrs Khoo Tiong Poh( possibly Madam Tio Oo Neo)
Khoo Phee Soon died in 5th March 1939 at his residence in No. 146 Carpmael Street and is buried in Block 4 Division C. He left behind 5 sons, Khoo Peck Hock, Khoo Peck Enh, Khoo Peck Guan, Khoo Peck Cheng and Khoo Peck Khye, 2 daughters ; Khoo Eng Phaik ( Mrs Chua Kwee Seng) , Khoo Eng Yan  (Mrs Chia Keng Teow) and 2 son-in laws.

Khoo Phee Soon's tomb in Bukit Brown
Khoo Phee Soon 

Mrs Khoo Phee Soon 
One of Khoo Phee Soon's sons, Khoo Peck Lock (1889-135) died before him and his name was not mentioned in the tombstone. Khoo Peck Lock married Ong Boey Neo, daughter of Ong Sam Leong, and he was the secretary of New World before he died.

Khoo Peck Lock, whose residence is in No 46 East Coast Road died on 20 September 1935 at the age of 46, leaving behind is wife Ong Boey Neo (the only surviving sister of Ong Boon Tat and Ong Peck Hock) and three daughters (Khoo Gek Choo, Khoo Gek Khee, Khoo Gek Hiok). As a mark of respect, New World Amusement Park and all it shows were closed on the 20th September.  Ong Boey Neo died in April 1951. Both Khoo Peck Lock and Ong Boey Neo are also buried in Bukit Brown close to Ong Sam Leong's family cluster of Mr and Mrs Ong Sam Leong, Boon Tatt and Peng Hock.

Khoo Peck Lock 
There is a road in Tiong Bahru named after Khoo Tiong Poh.

Tiong Poh road 

[research on-going]

Advertisement. (1891, August 3). The Straits Times
The late Mr. Khoo Tiong Poh. (1892, March 3). The Singapore Free Press
Their names live on. (1955, July 18). The Singapore Free Press
Song, O. S. (1984). One hundred years' history of the Chinese in Singapore. E. Lee (Ed.). Singapore: Oxford University Press.
The Singapore and Straits directory for 1881, containing also directories of Sarawak, Labuan, Siam, Johore and the Protected Native States of the Malay Peninsula and an appendix. [website] BookSG