Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mrs. Lim Seow Eng nee Mabel Tay Kheng Gian (Bukit Brown)

Mabel Tay Kheng Gian  / Tay Keng Guan (wife of  Mr. Lim Seow Eng) passed away on 23rd July 1941 at the age of 38 at 16 Fernhill Road, Singapore off Stevens Road. Obituary notice list 2 sons and 3 daughters.  The name of the sons are Lim Kian Teck  and Lim Kian Huat and the 3 daughters are Hilda Lim, Happy Lim and Kitty Lim.  

Mabel Tay Kheng Gian nee Mrs. Lim Seow Eng

Tomb of Mabel Tay Kheng Gian nee Mrs. Lim Seow Eng
Her husband,  Lim Seow Eng is the son of Lim Peng Siang and grandson of Lim Ho Puah. The family have long been leading industrialist associated with the development of Singapore as a British Colony. Lim Seow Eng was a Director of Ho Hong Soap Limited. Beyond this, i do not have much details of when and where he passed away.

16 Fernhill Road
16 Fernhill Road, of Stevens Road the address listed in the obituary notice of Mabel Tay Kheng Gian was a house in a in freehold land  with the ouse at 7,505 sq ft and the land 8,305 sq ft. It was eventually placed on auction on 16th October 1946.


Daughter: Happy Lim Keng Wah (1927-1949)
Happy Lim Keng Wah (second daughter of Mr. Lim Seow Eng and the late Madam Tay Keng Guan and grand-daughter of the late Mr. Lim Peng Siang and Mrs. Lim Peng Siang of No.10 Bukit Pasoh Road) got engaged on 24th December 2604 (1944) with Mr. Tan Hock Seng (eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Tan Beng Kee and eldest grandson of the late Mr. Tan Chian and Mrs. Tan Chian of 19 Scotts Road. Happy Lim Keng Wah passed away at the age of 49 on 9 January 1976. She is survived by her son Jeffrey, daughters; Pauline and Patricia, son-in-law; Jimmy Oey Liang Gie and granddaughter, Trina.

Father-in-law: Lim Peng Siang
Lim Peng Siang, J.P. was born in Amoy 1872 and came down to Singapore at a young age was very young and studied via a private tutor but also managed a year in St. Joseph's Institution before joining his father at Wee Bin & Co. Very much like his father, he eventually made it on his own and became the proprietor of Ho Hong Co or Enterprise in 1904 and reinvested is wealth in expanding to many other companies such as Ho Hong Oil Mills, Ho Hong Bank and Ho Hong Line of Steamers, Ho Hong Soap Factory, Ho Hong Portland Cement Company and The Asphalt Paving Company which are industries that help in the development of Singapore as a British Colony. Lim Peng Siang passed away at the age of 73 at his residence, "Bintang House", 243 Havelock Road on March 21, 2604 (1944). He is survived by his wife, 8 sons: Lim Seow Kiew, Lim Seow Eng, Lim Seow Chong, Lim Seow Leong, Lim Seow Chuan, Lim Seow Peng, Lim Seow Beng and Lim Seow Khoon, 5 daughters (Mrs. Chua Cheow Teck, Mrs. Chia Poh Koon, Mrs. Tay Hwa Choon, Mrs. Teo Thian Lye and Miss Lim Siew Chwee ), 6 daughters-in-law and several grandsons and grand daughters to morn his lost. He was buried in Bukit Brown but was later exhumed and remains shipped to China. His wife, Madam Wee Guat Choo Neo is buried in Bukit Brown.

Lim Peng Siang and his father Lim Ho Puah

Grandfather-in-law: Lim Ho 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.

Location of tomb 
Madam Tay Kheng Gian is buried at Hill3 Division C, plot 634 (close by to Chew Boon Lay's tomb).

Death. (1941, July 25). Malaya Tribune, page 12
Advertisement. (1944, December 25). Syonan Shimbun, page 2
Advertisement. (1946, April 20). Malaya Tribune, page 4

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