Elsie Tan Kim Neo and family (Bukit Brown)

Elsie Tan Kim Neo (1905-1939) studied in Raffles Girls School and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tan Kwee Wah, niece of Tan Boo Liat, grand-daughter of Tan Soon Toh, great granddaughter of Tan Kim Ching and great great grand daughter of Tan Tock Seng. (source: Geni.com).  The marriage was announced between Miss Elsie Tan ( daughter of Mr and Mrs Tan Kwee Wah of Singapore) to Mr. Edward Chia (eldest son of Mr and Mrs Chia Lip Choon of 8 Pinangsia, Batavia) at the Burgelijkestand Court of Batavia on 16th April 1924.

Tomb of mother and infant son 

Elsie Tan passed away on 25th August 1939 at the age of  34. From the burial registrar i found out that an yet unnamed infant boy is buried together with Elsie. This is a tomb of a mother and her son (maybe died during child birth ). Listed on the tomb are the names of her sons; Chales / Charles Chia, Henry Chia, Frank Chia, Lewis Chia and daughters; Katharine Chia, Dorothy Chia, Angeline Chia, Annette Chia and Margaret Chia. The tomb is at Hill 4 Section C, plot 1371.

Bukit Brown Burial Registrar


Father: Tan Kwee Wah ( 29 September 1880 - 21 April 1927) age 47
Tan Kwee Wah was born in 1880 and educated at the Anglo-Chinese School , Anglo-Chinese Free School and finally at Raffles Institution. He joined the firm of Kim Ching & Co and assisted in the management of the estate of the late Tan Kim Ching. Later, he and Tan Kwee See took out probate on the will of Tan Kim Ching and acted as trustees until the estate was finally wound up. Tan Kwee Wah made many investments in property and later rubber plantations. Tan Kwee Wah was of the of the original members of the Chinese Co, Singapore Volunteer Infantry (SVI) and one of the Chinese representatives in the Coronation Contingent to London in 1902. He was a dedicated volunteer and received promotion to 1st Lieutenant in 1916. He was a well-know patron of horse racing and member of the Singapore Sports Club. He was a President of the Straits Chinese Recreation Club and served in the Committee for the Straits Chinese British Association (SCBA) and member in the board of Management for Tan Tock Seng.

Tan Kwee Wah passed away on April 21, 1927 at 18 Sophia Road. He is survived by his wife, Chew Gek Neo, a secondary wife, 1 son-in-law, Edward Chia, 7 sons, 7 daughters and 1 grandson. He is buried in Bukit Brown.

Mother: Mrs Tan Kwee Wah nee Chew Gek Neo (18 March 1884 - 6 October 1964) age 81
Chew Gek Neo is the daughter of Chew Boon Lay. She passed away on 6 October 1964 at the age of 81.

Husband: Edward Chia / Edward Chia Koon Lock 
From the geni.com records,  Edward Chia full name is Edward Chia Koon Lock. Edward Chia Koon Lock passed away on 5th February 1977.
Edward Chia

(research on-going)


Advertisements. (1924, April 26). The Straits Times, page 8
Deaths. (1927, April 23). The Straits Times, page 7
In Memoriam. (1979, February 1979).The Straits Times, page 21
Song, O.S. (1984). One hundred years history of the Chinese in Singapore. Singapore: Oxford University Press, page 531



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