Saturday, November 03, 2018

Kwik Tiang Boon and family (Bukit Brown)

Kwik Tiang Boon (1897-1960) was the Compradore of Nederlandsche Handel Maatschappij N.V. (Netherlands Trading Society). Born in Semarang, Indonesia, Kwik Tiang Boon was educated in St. Joseph's Institution, Singapore. He then join in 1927, the Netherlands Trading Society as a bank clerk and rose to the position of Compradore.  For Kwik Tiang Boon's outstanding years of service, he was awarded the decoration of Chevalier in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Juliana of Netherlands in conjunction with the centennial anniversary of the Netherlands Trading Society in 1958.  He was a familiar figure in the Singapore Turf Club, having own many race horses and the owner of the Kwik Stables.  He served the Bank for over thirty years before he passed away in 16th March 1960 due to an heart attack at the General Hospital. He is survived by his widow,11 daughters and 6 sons. The article went on to mentioned that the eldest son was studying law in London, while 2 of his daughters were living in Australia. Kwik Tiang Boon is buried in Hill 4 Division A, 390 and 398.

Tomb of  Kwik Tiang Boon at Bukit Brown 


Obituary notice from Netherlands Trading Society


Nederlandsche Handel Maatschappij N.V. (Netherlands Trading Society)

Netherlands Trading Society was founded by King William I by Royal Decree in 1824 to curb the decline of trading especially in the Far East after the East India Company cease to exist. The Singapore branch of Netherlands Trading Society was established in 1857. Initially more of a trading enterprise, it move to banking but the name somehow continue to be use as such. Netherlands Trading Society and Twentsche Bank merger was on October 3, 1964 and the new organisation began trading under the name of Algemene Bank Nederland (ABN Bank) of Amsterdam.

Netherlands Trading Society (1910-1929) , source: National Archives
I don't have much information for now about the building pre-1940's but post 1940's the five-storey bank building at the junction of Cecil Street and D'Almedia Street took 18 months to build and cost $500,000. It was built by Messrs. Swan & McLaren.
Netherlands Trading Society Bank Building (1940s)
source: National Archives

Family

I am not able to find much information on his sons, but the rest of the family members are listed below:

Mother-in-law: Madam Chia Buck Nee
Madam Chia Buck Nee passed away at the age of 81 at 62 Tras Street on 14th February 1955. She is survived by 1 son, Lim Kee Seng, 2 son-in-laws; Chua Choon Leong, Kwik Tiang Boon,  5 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren.

Daughter: Kwik Poh Swan
Engagement notice was announced between Kwik Poh Swan (eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Kwik Tiang Boon) and Mr. Tan Hin Yam (third son of Mr. and Mrs. Tan Chin Wah) on 23 June 1941. In 1960, Kwik Poh Swan was granted a decree nisi by the Singapore Courts after she sued for divorce on grounds of cruelty.

Daughter: Kwik Poh Luan
Miss Kwik Poh Luan married Mr. Sim Jui Kim (son of Mr and Mrs. Sim Kwang Tow) in November 1957. Sim Jui Kim was with Ace Advertising and the wedding reception was held at Sea View Hotel. Sim Jui Kim passed away in 2008 at the age of 2008 at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife,
children, Leslie Sim Sian Poon, Leslie Sim Hong Lam, Lyn Sim Choon Li, Lisa Sim Hua-Li, their children spouses and granchildren.
Kwik Poh Luan and Sim Jui Kim (source: NewspaperSG)

Daughter: Kwik Poh Lian
Miss Kwik Poh Lian (third daughter) married Mr. Yong Nam Seng (son of Mr. Yong Yit Lin, J.P. former President of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and contractor for many iconic buildings such as Clifford Pier, Changi Prison and Clifford Pier).  The wedding reception was suppose to be held at Cathay Restaurant on 26th May 1950 but was cancelled due to the brutal murder of  her father-in-law, Mr. Yong Yit Lin who was gunned down at his club. Madam Kwik Poh Lian passed away at the age of 67 on 31st July 1995. The obituary list that she is survived by her husband, Yong Nam Seng, sons (Yong Tiam Yoon, Yong Kon Yoon, Yong Khim Yoon) daughter (Yong Mei Hsien), son-in-law, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

Obituary notice: Madam Kwik Poh Lian (source: NewspaperSG)



References
Singapore Newest Building. (1939, November 2). Malayan Tribune, page 3
Yong Yit Lin Killed at his Club. (1950, May 26). The Straits Times, page 1
Advertisement. (1955, February 15). The Singapore Free Press, page 16
AD man weds in colony. (1957, November 27). The Singapore Standard, page 4
Queen Juliana's Award for Local Bank Men. (1958, May 11). Sunday Standard, page 2
Advertisement. (1960, March 16). The Straits Times, page 10
Mr. Kwik,63 dies of a heart attack in hospital. (1960, March 18). The Singapore Free Press, page 5
Obituaries. (1995, August 1). The Straits Times. page 36

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