Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sim Cheng Lian and family (Bukit Brown)

The tomb of Mr. and Mrs. Sim Cheng Lian is located up the hill of Block 3 Division B and have not been visited for many years. It has a huge courtyard and a pair of Sikh / Punjabi guards flanking it. Buried in the courtyard is their eldest son, Joseph Sim Ann Tuan, a tomb with a cross and nearby  their second son; Sim Wan Kiat / Sim Ann Kiat.

Mr. Sim Cheng Lian and Madam Tan Ho Neo


Sim Cheng Lian passed away on August 2, 1932 at age of 63 at 130 Chin Swee Road. He is survived by his two sons; Sim Ann Tuan and Sim Wan Kiat, two daughter-in-laws, six grandsons; ( Sim Joo Pek, Sim Beng Chee, Sim Beng Teck, Sim Joo Geck, Sim Joo Hock, Sim Joo Kim ) and six granddaughters (Sim Cheng Neo, Sim Hock Neo, Sim Hong Neo, Sim Nia Chi, Sim Lak Neo)

Mr and Mrs. Sim Cheng Lian  沈清蓮
Block 3 Division B @1.337305,103.827192 

Son: Sim Ann Tuan (Joseph Sim Ann Tuan)
Sim Ann Tuan is the sole proprieter of Chop Sim Ban Thong of 16 Boat Quay, a commission agency and exporter. He is a shareholder of the Chinese Commercial Bank. Sim Ann Tuan donated to the Chinese Relief Fund representing Chin Choo of S.S. Darvel. Sim Ann Tuan passed away on July 29, 1970 at the age of 76. 

Chop Sim Ban Thong (source: NewspaperSG)

Joseph Sim Ann Tuan

Joseph Sim Ann Tuan 
Son: Sim Wan Kiat / Sim Ann Kiat
A licensed rice dealer and managing partner of Chop Sim Ban Tong located at South Canal Road 
Sim Wan Kiat of Sim Ban Thong Ltd passed away on May 3, 1964 at the age of 67. He is survived by his eldest brother, Sim Ann Tuan, 2 widows, 10 sons, 10 daughters, 2 daughter-in-laws, 5 son-in-laws, 14 grandchildren. The cortege left from 290A Kampong Bahru Road.  

Sim Wan Kiat with the Lion City Club members

Sim Ann Kiat 


Death. (1932, August 4). The Straits Times

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Madam Khor Lye Gin (Bukit Brown)

This unique marble tomb located at Block 3 Division A belongs to Madam Khor Lye Gin who passed away at the age of 31 on March 11, 1929.  Listed on her tomb are her sons: Tan Kwee Wah, Chew Kim Swee, daughter: Tan Kam Peck and grandchildren; Tan Siew Ai, Tan Ee San.

There is not much details i found about Madam Khor Lye Gin, but i found some information about her son and daughter. Dr Tan Kwee Wah studied at Raffles Institution and later was at Nair Hospital, Bombay for several years before going to United States and later graduating from North-Western University, Chicago with the degree of Dental Surgery. He continued by pursuing a Fellowship at Leonie Guggenhin Foundation Dental Clinic, New York.  In the very same 1947 article, it mentions her sister, Tan Kam Peck as a tutorial staff with the Merchantile Institution.

Fast forward to 1959 and 1963. There were two mentions of a  Dr Tan Kwee Wah based in Muar, were a Dr Tan Kwee Wah was standing for district elections at Muar Pantai in 1959 and 1963, of a Dr. Tan Kwee Wah who was the President of the Rotary Club in Muar. Unfortunately i can't ascertain whether they are the same person.


Dental Degree. (1947, July 24). The Straits Times