Saturday, January 05, 2019

Lim Peng Chin and family (Bukit Brown)

It was an newspaper article dated 23 March 1914 which describes that during a funeral procession of Lim Ho Puah whose mortal remains were shipped back to China via the ship Hong Moh. During the procession, a heavy shower happened and people scrambled to prevent the valuable coverings, banners and flag from getting wet. However the decorated silk coffin cover (said to be worth $200) went missing. A man said to be in possession of the pawn ticket of the silk cover approached Lim Peng Chin for money to recover it. The long story short, the man was charged for dishonestly holding stolen property. Interestingly enough, that is the only story i could find about Lim Peng Chin, whose beautiful tomb lies in Hill 4 Division A.
Madam Tan Po Neo nee Mrs. Lim Peng Chin

Wife: Madam Tan Po Neo
Madam Tan Po Neo passed away at the age of 58 on June 1, 1936 at No 28 Scotts Road. She is survived by an aged mother, 2 sons; Lim Hock Seng and Lim Hock Kheng, two daughter-in-laws, 2 daughters; Lim Liang Neo, Lim Yang Choo, 2 son-in-law, Ong Siow Han and Choa Teck Wan, 1 brother, Tan Hock Ann and 12 grandchildren (among them, Lim Cheng Chuan, Lim Cheng Ean, Lim Cheng Teck, Lim Khoon Neo, Lim Geok Kiat).

Father: Lim Ho Puah  / Lim Hoa Puah
Lim Ho Puah was born in Amoy in 1841 and joined Wee Bin & Co. He worked hard as an employee and won the attention of Mr. Wee Bin and eventually became his son-in-law.  Lim Ho Puah, JP. rose to become a Senior Partner of Messrs. Wee Bin & Co. a prominent company which at its height owned a rice mill and 30 steamers and many other business. He was a member of the Chinese Advisory Board and the Po Leung Kuk. Lim Ho Puah passed away on February 10, 1914 at the age of 74. He is survived by 11 sons and 4 daughters. His remains were shipped back to China. Probate of the will went to his two sons; Lim Peng Siang and Lim Peng Mau.

Son: Lim Hock Seng
Lim Hock Seng of Ho Hong Steamship is the eldest son of Lim Peng Chin. Lim Hock Seng is President of the Amateur Sporting Association and residence was listed as 85-A Teluk Kurau. He was also known to be a well known dog breeder having participated in many dog shows.

There was a notice stating the mutual consent of dissolvement of marriage between Lim Hock Seng of No. 28 Scotts Road and his secondary wife, Khoo Lian Kim alias Khoo Ah Thoe of No. 11-B Eng Watt Street on April 15, 26064 or April 15, 1943. However, the lawyers of Madam Khoo said otherwise in a noticed dated April 27, 2604 and the notice was misleading as no time did Madam Khoo Lian Kim alias Khoo Ah Thoe entertain any though of dissolving the marriage much less consenting thereto. What was the eventual outcome, is not known to me, but from oral accounts from family descendants, he remarried.

Lim Hock Seng passed away at the age of 46 on April 9, 1946  at his residence in No 28 Scotts Road and is survived by his widow, Meggie, two sons, Lim Cheang Chuan and Lim Cheang Ean and two daughters; Lucy (Lim Khoon Neo) and Jennie. He is buried in the same plot as his parents, in Bukit Brown.

Lim Hock Seng 

Residence of Lim Hock Seng (source: NewspaperSG)

Lim Hock Seng with his Alsatian (1934)
(source: NewspaperSG) 

Lim Hock Seng's tomb in Bukit Brown

Deaths.(1926, May 10).The Straits Times, Page 7
Marriage Of Chinese Sportsman. (1927, November 26).The Straits Times,Page 6
Champion Dog at Malayan Kennel Association's Annual Show. (1931, August 1). Malayan Saturday Post
Singapore Dog show. (1934, May 29).The Straits Times.
Death. (1936, June 6). The Straits Times.
Siong Boo A.A. Officers. (1938, May 15).The Straits Times,Page 31
Advertisement. (1944, April 21). Syonan Times
Advertisement. (1944, April 27). Syonan Times
Death. (1946, April 10). The Straits Times.
Untitled. (1947, August 14). The Straits Times, page 5
Marriage. (1949, May 11).The Singapore Free Press

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