Saturday, February 20, 2016

Choa Kah Chwee (Bukit Brown)

Choa Kah Chwee is the sole proprietor of Straits Lumber Company, the Straits Merchantile Company and Merk Ban Hoeat Hin. The  Straits Lumber Company, the Straits Merchantile companies are based in No. 69 Teluk Ayer Street. On June 7, 1915 he bought 5 pieces of buildings in Confederate Estate Road (Teluk Kurau area) 28,695 square feet for $2,400.
Mr Choa Kah Chwee passed away at the age of 48 on December 3, 1933 at No 486, Joo Chiat Road. On his tomb is the name of his son: Choa Swee Kheng (Choa Swee Keng) and daughter: Choa Lian Neo (Miss Emilie Choa). When Mr Choa Kah Chwee passed away in 1933, Mrs Choa Kah Chwee and family thanked relatives, friends and members of the Goh Loo Club and Poh Hean Kok Association. Probate of his will was given to Tan Gake Choo Neo and Tan Tong Seng.

Wife: Miss Tan Gake Liew Neo
It was reported in the papers on June 28, 1919 that owning to the death of the wife of Mrs. Choa Kah Chwee, the offices of the Straits Lumber Co. and the Straits Merchantile Agency was closed.
In front of Mr Choa Kah Chwee tomb is his wife who passed away in 1919. Her tomb list two children: son: Choa Teng Yam and daughter: Miss Choa Gim Neo.

I suspect Tan Gake Choo Neo  and the first wife of Mr Choa Kah Chwee are sisters.

Untitled. (1915, June 8). The Straits Times
Untitled. (1919, June 28). The Straits Times
Acknowledgement. ( 1933, December 8). The Straits Times

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