Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cheong Poh Neo nee Mrs. Lim Pow (Lao Sua)

Madam Cheong Poh Neo (the wife of Lim Pow) passed away on 12th May 1918 at her residence in No. 45 Rowell Road at the age of 38. Her burial took place at Toa Payoh Cemetery.  Her tomb as per the picture below is located in the area we often coin as Greater Bukit Brown / Loa Sua /Heng Shan Teng. As you can see from the pictures, her tomb is overgrown with plants and dead leaves from the surrounding trees. As we started uncovering the tomb, we saw the lovely decorative tiles and marble stone etched with lead text confirming the person who is buried here as Madam Cheong Poh Neo, wife of Mr. Lim Pow.  The stones also went on to detail her date of death as 12th May 1918 and an important clue which i was unable to find just by searching the newspaper archives, the name of her children. The tomb was erected by her two sons, Lim Henry and Lim Robert.

Other than beautiful decorative tiles and the pair of guardian lions, the encaustic tiles used in the courtyard of her tomb are beautiful as well.

Tomb of Madam Cheong Poh Neo nee Mrs. Lim Pow 

The name of Madam Cheong Poh Neo's children 

Encaustic tiles at the courtyard of Madam Cheong Poh Neo's tomb.

Lovely decorative tiles visible again after some cleaning

Death notice for Madam Cheong Poh Neo (source: NewspaperSG)
Mr. Lim Pow passed away at the age of 50 on 17 July 1924 and his funeral took place on 20 July 1924 with the cortege leaving his residence at No 45 Rowell Road for Bukit Brown Cemetery. He is buried in Block 1 Division B, plot 317. His tomb is next to Koh Hoon Teck's tomb. The name of the is honorific name, "Lim Cheng Siang"  but fortunately for the newspaper article providing the date of death, i am able to trace from the burial registrar, the plot number and from there, a closer inspection allows us to match the two son's name on the tomb as well.
Death Notice for Lim Poh (source: NewspaperSG)

Mr. Lim Pow tomb in Bukit Brown 

Social and Personal. (1918, May 14). The Straits Times.
Announcements. (1924, July 18). The Straits Times000

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