Monday, August 26, 2019

Ang Seah Im and family (Bukit Brown)

Ang Seah Im was a contractor and property owner. He was involved also in rubber plantations in Johor and tin mining business in Kajang Kemaman,Terengganu. Ang Seah Im for a period of time collected rents from Clyde Terrace and Rochore market has lease holder. Ang Seah Imm became a British naturalised subject in 1909 . He was on the Board of Visitors to St. John's Island Quarantine Station in 1912. On 17 Jun 1914, Ang Seah Im was one the chinese leaders present in the sending off the then Governor of Straits Settlement Sir Arthur Young. Ang Seah Imm donated $100 to the St. Joseph Institution new verandah (1910), Chong Nam School (1926). From his tomb we can make out Ang Seah Im ancestry can be traced to Tong Ann, Fujian.

In a public examination at the Bankruptcy Court in 1922, i gathered that Ang Seah Im had 2 wives and 11 children. He was declared a bankrupt before in 1914 (not sure when he was discharged).  His property and business includes a house in Trengganu and mining business. His son, Ang Hock Seng at the age of 16 was a contractor in Muar and return to Singapore at the age of 20 with money and experience enter into partnership with the Malays in Terengganu in the mining business. It was this court proceedings, you can get insights to Ang Seah Im revenue as well. In 1919, he made $50,000, 1920, $37,000, 1921, $10,000. His expenditure was claimed to be $10,000 a year. Ang Seah Im also declared that during that period, he had purchased land worth $135,000 mortgaging it for $80,000. Ang Seah Im got into trouble in 1921 when he was charged with criminal breach of trust for the amount of $15,573.88 belonging to the Rice Distribution Board. Fortunately restitution was made. Even after his death, i read a 1936 article where the Official Assignee was still managing the issue of dividends to the creditors of the late Mr. Ang Seah Im.

Ang Seah Im and Madam Cheong Chwee Sim

Ang Seah Im passed away on 12 July 1927, age 57. His wife, Madam Cheong Chwee Sim, passed away on 21 June 1944, age 66. The tomb can be found in Hill 1 Division B, plot 277.
Son: Ang Hock Seng, Ang Kim Swee, Ang Chwee Choo, Ang Chwee Huat, Ang Chwee Koom. Ang Kim Sye, Ang Kim Seng, Ang Chiow Lim.
Daughter: Ang Cheng Kim, Ang Cheng Suan, Ang Chiew Bee, Ang Cheng Gin, Ang Cheng Poh
Grandsons: Ang Thiang Seng, Ang Thiang Teck, Ang Thiang Tiong, Ang Thiang Tee, Ang Thiong Eng, Ang Thiang Wah, Ang Thiang Yong, Ang Boon San, Ang Book Kiat, Ang Boon Chye, Ang Thian Bee.
Grand-daughter: Ang Ah Eng

The Beginnings of Seah Im Road

In the minutes of  meeting for the Municipal Commission on 13th December, 1907, The President (Mr. E. G Broadrick) approved the plans of Messrs. Swan & MacLaren of the proposed new private road to be constructed by Mr. Ang Seah Im through his private property off Telok Blangah. In my search through the archives, i managed to find the plan submitted by Messrs. Swan & MacLaren and also noted from other archived plans, it was a reserved road in Ang Seah Im private estate in which in later years became Seah Im Road.
Approval from Municipal Commission for private road to be
constructed by Ang Seah Im through his property

Building plan of the new road for Ang Seah Im 

While researching the story of Ang Seah Im, i found many building plans that can be traced to Ang Seah Im. They are either bungalows, dwelling houses or shophouses commissioned by him and building plans drawn by various architects that were planned and built on the private road of Ang Seah Im (then called reserved road) or around Telok Blangah area.

One of Ang Seah Im's Bungalow at Seah Im Road (source: Archives Online, NAS)

Shophouse for Towkay Ang Seah Im (source: Archives Online, NAS)


Ang Hock Seng
Ang Hock Seng managed chop Teck Seng in which his father was the manager. The registered company was Chop Teck Seng, 25 China Street. Both of them owned land in Mount Washington. (Ang Seah Im later sold it to Messrs Alkaff at $2,000 per acre. Ang Hock Seng also managed the Rice Distribution Board on behalf of Ang Seah Im at Telok Blangah area.

Ang Kim Swee
I don't have much information about Ang Kim Swee, but there was an article dated 24 January 1930 where Ang Kim Swee was witness to the mutual consent dissolving of partnership of Chop Teck Siang Hung (wine and spirits merchants ) operated by Madam Cheong Chwee Sim Neo, (wife of Ang Seah Im), Lee Gek Poh and Ng Teck Gam. The reason was because Madam Cheong Chwee Sim was retiring.

Ang Kim Sye
Engagement notice  on 15th October 1936 was announced between Mr. Ang Kim Sye (of the Bankruptcy Office and the 6th son of the late Mr. Ang Seah Im and Miss Cheong Keong Tee ( 2nd daughter of the late Mr. Cheong Koon Seng and Mrs. Cheong Koon Seng)
Tomb of Ang Seah Im and Madam Cheong Chwee Sim 

Ang Seah Im 

Madam Cheong Chwee Sim

Marble stone with family information 

[research on-going] 

Municipal Commission. (1907, December 19). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
Municipal Commission. (1909, August 19). The Singapore Free Press, page 10
Untitled. (1909, July 3). The Singapore Free Press, page 6
The Governor's Holiday. (1914, June 17). The Strait's Times, page 9
Bankruptcy Courts. (1922, August 12). The Singapore Free Press, page 12
Bankruptcy Court.(1922, September 2). The Singapore Free Press, page 12
Advertisements. (1936, July 10). Morning Tribune, page 4
Building Plan. Archives Online

Monday, August 19, 2019

Madam Tan Loon Neo and family (Bukit Brown)

The tomb of Madam Tan Loon Neo / Tan Non Neo  includes marble slabs where her name and her husband was etched together with the names of her children allowing for ease of identification.  From the newspaper obituary notice, Madam Tan Non Neo passed away at her residence in No 440, Pasir Panjang Road on May 4, 1931. She leaves behind her husband, Mr. Ong Kim Tiang, 2 sons and 3 daughters.  She is buried in Hill 3 B, plot 616. Her age listed in the Bukit Brown Burial Registrar was 37 years of age. She is the daughter of Tan Hup Swee. From the marble slab of her tomb, more information can be gathered (especially the names of the children). In loving memory of Tan Loon Neo otherwise known as Non, died May 4th 1931, most beloved wife on Ong Kim Tiang.
Tan Loon Neo
In the tombstone, only 2 sons and 2 daughters name are mentioned,
Sons: Ong Hoa Hoon, Teo Chit Hoa,
Daughters: Tan Hoo Kin Neo, Ong Buang Neo

Name of children

She is gone but not forgotten
Never shall her memory fade
Sweetest thoughts shall ever linger
Round the grave where she is laid

Madam Tan Loon Neo


Mother: Mrs. Tan Hup Swee nee Lim Wah Neo
Mrs. Tan Hup Swee nee Lim Wah Neo passed away at the age of 72 at 158 Emerald Road on 18th October, 1943. She is survived by 1 son (Tan Hin Loo) , several daughters (Tan Bong Neo), 2 sons-in-law (Ong Kim Tiang, Teo Hoe Kang), many grandchildren, 2 grandsons-in-law (Kho Lian Hock and Huang Chee He), 1 grand daughter-in-law and many great grandchildren. Mrs Tan Hup Swee is buried in Bukit Brown. The tomb has names 2 grand-daughters (Tan Oo Kin,Chua Kim Neo).
Mrs Tan Hup Swee nee Lim Wah Neo

Husband: Ong Kim Tiang, M.B.E
Ong Kim Tiang joined the General Clerical Service in 1902 as a clerk in the Analyst's Department. He then join the Colonial Secretary Office in 1920, becoming second office assistant in 1926 and office assistant in 1930. He retired from service in end 1938. He received his Member of the British Empire in 1939. He was also the Vice-President of the Singapore Government Servants' Co-operative Thrift and Loan Society.  I could not find the obituary notice of Mr. Ong Kim Tiang, but notices put the estate of the late Ong Kim Tiang for auction in 1957 indicates that he very likely had passed away in the 1950's.

Son: Ong Hoa Hoon
The engagement was announced in 13 March 1941 between Ong Hoa Hoon ( elder son of Mr. Ong Kim Tiang the late Mrs. Ong Kim Tiang) and Miss Chan Koon Neo (elder daughter of Mr and Mrs. Chan Kok Seng).

Ong Hoa Hoon, Private, 2nd Battalion, Straits Settlements Volunteer Force was killed (either in action or as result of Sook Ching ) after the fall of Singapore on 21st February 1942 and his name is etched on Column 396  at Kranji War Memorial.

Daughter: Tan Hoo Kin Neo / Tan Oo Kin Neo
The engagement was announced on 17th September 1934 between Mr. Kho Lian Hock, (4th son of the late Mr. Kho Keng Chuan and Mrs. Kho Keng Chuan) and Tan Oo Kin Neo /Miss Ong (eldest daughter of Mr. Ong Kim Tiang and the late Mrs. Ong Kim Tiang.

Daughter: Ong Buang Neo / Ong Buan Neo / Mrs Lauw Kim Guan
On March 7, 1944 the engagement notice of Mr. Lauw Kim Guan (eldest son of Mr and Mrs. Lauw Hong Keng, grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs Tan Cheng Tuan) and Miss Ong Buan Neo (younger daughter of Mr. Ong Kim Tiang and the late Mrs. Ong Kim Tiang, granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tan Hup Swee). Mrs Lauw Kim Guan nee Ong Buan Neo, Rosalind passed away at age of 63 on 1st December 1983. She is survived by her husband, Lauw Kim Guan, sons; Julian Lauw and Jeremy Lauw, daughters-in-law, Patricia and Sarah, grandchildren, Edwin Lauw, Edlyn Lauw and Edwina Lauw.

Mrs Lauw Kim Guan nee Ong Buan Neo 

Domestic Occurence. (1931, May 4). Malaya Tribune, page 8
Deaths. (1943, October 19). Syonan Shimbun, page 2
Advertisement. (1944, March 7). Syonan Shimbun, page 2
Birthday Honors for Malaya Announced. (1939, June 8). The Straits Times, page 13
Mrs. Ong Kim Tiang nee Tan Loon Neo. Singapore Tombstones Epigraphic Materials
Mrs. Tan Hup Swee nee Lim Wah Neo. Singapore Tombstones Epigraphic Materials
Ong Hoa Hoon. Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Filial Piety - He Carried Rice for His Parents (Stories from the tiles)

Zhong You was born in a poor family. When he was young, he often travelled a distance away from home and carried back a sack of rice to feed his parents. He ate only wild vegetables. Many years later, when he became an important and wealthy official in the Chu state, his parents had already died. He often recalled his past and lamented, "I can never eat wild vegetables and carry rice back for my parents anymore." (source: Wikipedia)

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Filial Piety-He Fanned the Pillow and Warmed the Blanket (Stories from the Stones)

Huang Xiang lost his mother when he was nine years old so he lived with his father and was very filial to his father. During summer, Huang fanned his father's pillow to ensure that his father could sleep comfortably at night. In winter, he wrapped himself with his father's blanket to warm it. (source: Wikipedia)