Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Tan Tang Niah and family (Bukit Brown)

Tan Tang Niah / Tan Teng Niah (陳東嶺) came from China when he was 10 years old. He was a towkay who owned several sweet-making factories along Serangoon Road that used sugarcane to produce sweets. Behind his residence, Tan Tang Niah had a rubber smoke-house for drying rubber which used the by-products of sugarcane as fuel for its furnace. In short he was involved in the confectionary and rubber business. Tan Tang Niah contributed a lot to the community and schools as well. He was the president of Poh Chek Kiong, Hon, treasurer of the Chinese High School, President of the Chong Cheng School, Beach Road for 20 years. Tan Tang Niah was an auditor in the committee of the Toh Lam School during the time (1914) where the President was Mr. See Teong Wah, vice-President, Mr. Chia Swee Siang, hon treasurer, Chew Jim Hean. Other schools which he played a role in was the Chinese High School, The Chong Cheng School and Chong Poon Girls' School. Tan Tang Niah was also in the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and was in the committee of the Poh Leung Kuk (Society for the protection of woman and children). 

Tan Tang Niah
Tan Tang Niah (source: NewspaperSG)

Death
Tan Tang Niah, J.P. passed away on 28th June 1925 at his residence, No. 40 Kerbau Road, Singapore. He leaves behind him, 1 widow, 8 sons, Tan Boon Chiat, Tan Sim Boh, Tan Sim Teck, Tan Peng Choo, Tan Sim Kheng, Tan Sim Eng, Tan Kim Hoe, Tan Kim Guan, 1 daughter-in-law, 3 daughters, Tan Biow Eng, Tan Biow Wah and Tan Biow Luan, and grandsons. 
Mrs. Tan Tang Niah (Madam Teo Hong Beng) passed away at the age of 63 on 30 June 1940 at No. 40 Kerbau Road. Two of her seven sons are well known lawyers in Singapore, namely Mr. S.B. Tan (who is also a Municipal Commissioner) and Mr. S.E. Tan (a Queen's Scholar who has just returned from England after qualifying in law and now is secretary to the Chinese Bankers' Trust Co. Ltd. The other sons are Messrs, Tan Boon Chiat, Tan Sim Teck, Tan Peng Choo, Tan Sim Keng, Tan Kim Hoe and an adopted son, Tan Kim Guan. Her 3 daughters are Mrs. Kang Tiang Kim, Mrs. Cheong Ann Sim (wife of Dr. Cheong Ann Sim) and Mrs. Lim Peng Han (wife of the well-known Malayan race car motorist). 

Funeral of Mr. Tan Tang Niah (source: NewspaperSG)



Family 
Son: Tan Boon Chiat
Tan Boon Chiat passed away at the age of 42 on 18th February 1942 (just shortly after the fall of Singapore). Tan Boon Chiat is buried in Whitley Road Cemetery (Kopi Sua). 
Tan Boon Chiat
Tan Boon Chiat


Tan Boon Chiat



Son: Tan Sim Boh (Mr. S.B. Tan)
Tan Sim Boh (Mr. S.B. Tan) married Margaret Chang (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.Y. Chang) at the Holy Trinity Church, Shanghai on 14 October 1933. He was a Captain in the Chinese Company  of the Singapore Volunteer Corps (S.V.C.) Mr. S.B. Tan was called to bar in1924 and is a barrister in the firm of Messrs. Donaldson and Burkinshaw and later a Municipal Commissioner. He was an honorary secretary of the Straits Chinese British Association. 
Tan Sim Boh 

Son: Tan Sim Eng (Mr. S.E. Tan)
Tan Sim Eng studied in Raffles Institution and in 1932 was a co-winner with Miss Thora Oehlers for the Queens Scholarship. He went to study law and returned, working as secretary of the Chinese Bankers Trust Co, Ltd.  

Daughter: Tan Biow Lan / Tan Biau Luan (陳妙鑾) /Mrs Lim Peng Han)
Ms. Tan Biow Lan married Lim Peng Han (son of Dr. Lim Boon Keng). Mrs Lim Peng Han in 1938 drove in a race a Ford V8 saloon which crashed. Fortunately she did not sustain any injuries and escaped with a bruise. 
Mr. and Mrs. Lim Peng Han
Mr and Mrs Lim Peng Han

Crashed car of Mrs. Lim Peng Han



Residence of Tan Tang Niah 
In both obituary notices of Mr and Mrs Tan Tang Niah, their residence was listed as 40 Kerbau Road. However in most of the 1980s and later year publications, it was No 37 Kerbau Road that was associated with Tan Tang Niah. Was it a case of renumbering or both houses belong to them?  From Roots.sg, i gathered that No 37 Kerbau Road was built in 1900 and was the former house of Tan Tang Niah. The 2 storey, 8 bedroom house had 2 front courts that were built specially for horse-carts. The gilded name plate over the entrance door inscribed "Siew Song" (Elegant Pine) and was once the home of Tan Seng Jin (grandson of Tan Tang Niah) before it was sold off, restored and conserved for commercial usage. 

Tan Teng Niah house at 37 Kerbau Road
Tan Teng Niah House (1980s)
source: PictureSG

Tan Teng Niah interior of house 37 Kerbau Road
Ancestral table of the house (you can roughly make out the picture of Tan Tang Niah)


Keng Hwa / Keng Hua / Keng Fa link
Who brought the first Keng Hwah to Malaya? Because of its peculiarity of flowering only at night, a considerable amount of interest was attached to this romantically named flower which Mr. Holttum (Mr. R.E. Holttum, Director of Gardens) said that in 1923, Mr. Tan Tang Niah, J.P. presented a cutting of this species (Epiphyllum oxypletalum) with an interesting note describing of its origin. The parent plant came from Amoy and according to one article its "legend" is traced to Chinese literature. The Cantonese name is Keng-Fa and its story date back to the period of the Chui dynasty (605-610 AD) that it was planted by Fan-Lei and that it sprang from the ground where a lump of jade had been planted, the flowers thus pure and white as jade, hence the name Keng-Fa or Jade Flower. The plant however was uprooted by an angry emperor because the flowers had been carried off by a strong gale before he had time to see them in bloom. Fact or fiction, what remains factual was a cutting of this beautiful flower was provided by Tan Tang Niah for the Singapore Botanic Gardens. 



Location of tomb 
Tan Tang Niah is buried in Block 1 Division F, plot 40. Madam Teo Hong Beng (Mrs. Tan Tang Niah) is buried in Block 5 Division C, plot 186. 

Tan Tang Niah tomb in Bukit Brown
Tan Tang Niah tomb (2013)


Tan Tang Niah tomb in Bukit Brown
Tan Tang Niah tomb (2020)


Tan Tang Niah tomb in Bukit Brown 


Madam Teo Hong Beng tomb in Bukit Brown


Intricate carvings of lions (at Tan Tang Niah's tomb)

Lion with two flags (at Tan Tang Niah's tomb)


Variant names: Tan Tang Niah / Tan Teng Niah 


References
Untitled. (1914, February 5). The Straits Times, page 8 
Advertisement. (1918, May 11). Malaya Tribune, page 5 
Death. (1925, 30 June). The Singapore Free Press, page 8
The late Mr. Tan Tang Niah. (1925, July 1). The Straits Times, page 8
Page 24, (1925, August 15). Malayan Saturday Post (Funeral of the late Mr. Tan Tang Niah)
Untitled. (1933, December 4). Malaya Tribune, page 8
Chinese Woman Driver In Only Speed Trials Crash.(1937. September 26). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
Death of Mrs. Tan Tang Niah. (1940, July 2). The Straits Times, page 10
Chinese Chamber Representative On Commission. (1940, December 28).The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, page 7
Former house of Tan Teng Niah. (website). Roots.sg
Kerbau Road no 37. [exterior]. (website). PictureSG, National Library
Kerbau Road no 37. [interior].(website). PictureSG, National Library
Tan Biau Luan 陳妙鑾. (website). Geni.com
Tan Teng Niah 陳東嶺与 Teo Hong Beng 張鳳鳴 (website).Singapore Tombstones Epigraphic Materials 新加坡墓碑铭集录




Monday, September 28, 2020

Teo Kang Swee (Bukit Brown)

Teo Kang Swee / Teo Kang Swi was a Chief Goods Clerk for F.M.S. Railways. Teo Kang Swee of No. 50 Katong Road passed away at the age of 49 on 25th January 1935 (He passed away intestate and the administrator was Teo Lye Poh).  Mrs. Teo Kang Swee nee Tan Kim Kee Neo beloved wife of Mr. Teo Kang Swee, F.M.S. Railways passed away peacefully on 10 September 1931, at 122 Chin Swee Road leaving behind her husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters and 1 daughter-in-law.  The names listed on the tomb are sons; Teo Lye Quee, Teo Lye Poh, Teo Lye Suan  daughter; Teo Lye Choon, Teo Lye Yam, Teo Lye Choo. 

Teo Kang Swee

Mr. Teo Kang Swee was the vice-President of the F.M.S Railway Institute, Singapore ( a sports club within the F.M.S) in 1931 

Teo Kang Swee and F.M.S Railway Institute Club








Location of tomb
Teo Kang Swee and Tan Kim Kee Neo are buried in Hill 3, Division B, plot 234 , 257
Mr and Mrs Teo Kang Swee

Plot number

References
Domestic Occurrences. (1931, September 11). Malaya Tribune, page 8
Advertisement. (1956, October 1). The Straits Times, page 13

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Madam Lim Kim Neo (Bukit Brown)

Among the shrubs, i cleared to reveal the marble tomb that is written in English. Madam Lim Kim Neo passed away on 21st June 1929 at the ripe old age of 90 (In the burial registrar her age was listed as 92). The marble tomb fully in English provides clues that the her grandchildren are as follows; Wee Giang Tye, Wee Giang Kiat, Wee Eng Moh, Tay Chit Neo, Tan Jee Neo. Madam Lim Kim Neo is buried in Hill 3 Division A, plot 1266
Madam Lim Kim Neo
Tomb of Madam Lim Kim Neo uncovered 




Grandson: Wee Giang Tye /Wee Giang Thye

In a newspaper article dated 1958, Wee Giang Tye, then 67 was reported as the oldest staff to serve the Netherlands Trading Society's Singapore Branch.  He studied in Raffles Institution and started working there when he turned 17 years of age at monthly salary of $30.

Wee Giang Tye
Wee Giang Tye

Grandson: Wee Giang Kiat

Wee Giang Kiat (Kechut) passsed away on  28 March 1968. He was a Vice-President of the Forget-Me-Not Party in 1929.


Wee Giang Kiat

Daughter-in-law: Soh Leng Neo
The tomb of Madam Soh Leng Neo in Hill 3 Division D, plot 239 (she passed away on March 19, 1934 at No. 1 Lorong 36 Geylang at the age of 78 years) list her sons as Wee Giang Tye and Wee Giang Kiat. Listed on her tomb are also the name of her daughter; Wee Chik Neo, Grandsons; Eddie Wee, Elec Wee, Charlie Wee, William Wee, Wee Mak Kim and Granddaughters: Wee Pin Neo, Amy Wee, Rani Wee, Irene Wee, Millie Wee.  This means that Madam Soh Leng Neo is the daughter-in-law of Madam Lim Kim Neo. 


References

Deaths. (1934, March 20). The Straits Times, page 10

Mr. Wee Serves Bank For Nearly Half A Century. (1958, May 1).Singapore Standard, page 3

Friday, September 18, 2020

Yeo Chong Cheng (Bukit Brown)

Yeo Chong Cheng passed away on 16th May 1939 at the age of 41. He is survived by his son; Yeo Eng Peck, daughters; Nellie Yeo and Yeo Poh Choo. All the information including the province he is from matches the tomb nearby who is the tomb of his father, Mr. Yeo Ban Keng who passed away in 1936. Yeo Chong Cheng and Madam Tam Kum Eng were the executors of the late Yeo Ban Keng's estate. 

Yeo Chong Cheng


Father: Yeo Ban Keng
Yeo Ban Keng was that he was the joint proprietor of Messrs. Kim Hoe & Co. together with Seet Lian Saick. It was a Singapore firm which supply ships' stores from their office at 10, Boat Quay and since then have achieved considerable success as steamship agents, ships' chandlers, and Government contractors. Yeo Ban Keng went on to be the managing director of the Eastern Mining and Rubber Co. Ltd. Yeo Ban Keng was one of the founders of the Overseas Chinese Assurance Corporation together with the likes of Mr. Lim Nee Soon and S.Q Wong. Yeo Ban Keng served as director until the time of his death.
Yeo Ban Keng

Yeo Ban Keng passed away at the age of 75 at his residence No 17 Kim Yam Road on 19th July 1936. He leaves behind 2 widowes, Madam Tan Kum Eng and Madam Tan Un Eng, 1 son; Yeo Chong Cheng, 3 daughters; Yeo Hoe Seok, Yeo Ho Lian and Yeo Ho Lwee, 3 sons-in-law; Messrs. Lim Thiam Ek, Wee Siang Gin and Tan Teck Huat, 1 daughter-in-law; Tan Koon Neo, 2 grandsons; Yeo Eng Peck and Robert Lim and 3 granddaughters; Nellie Yeo, Molly Yeo and Wee Gwek Neo. 




Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Nyonya Seow Swee Oon (Bukit Brown)

This tomb caught my attention because its prominent use of the word Nyonya for the person buried at Bukit Brown. 

In loving memory 
of 
Nyonya Seow Swee Oon
Age 75 Years
Died on the 28th April 1930

Son: Tan Lian Siang
Daughter: Tan Kian Neo
Grandson: Oon Hoe, Hong Huat
Grand-daughter: Tan Baebe
Nyonya Seow Swee Oon

Location of tomb 
Nyonya Seow Swee Oon is buried in Hill 1 Division B, plot 152. From the burial registrar, her name is written as Seow Swee Hoon. The word Nyonya is omitted and likely honorific in nature but neverthless, it doesn't take away the fact this tomb is important as it is one of the rare tombs in Bukit Brown where the honorific word Nyonya is clearly seen and used. 
Tomb of Nyonya Seow Swee Oon at Bukit Brown

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Yeo Ban Keng (Bukit Brown)

Early records that i could trace of Yeo Ban Keng was that he was the joint proprietor of Messrs. Kim Hoe & Co. together with Seet Lian Saick. It was a Singapore firm which supply ships' stores from their office at 10, Boat Quay and since then have achieved considerable success as steamship agents, ships' chandlers, and Government contractors. Yeo Ban Keng went on to be the managing director of the Eastern Mining and Rubber Co. Ltd. Yeo Ban Keng was one of the founders of the Overseas Chinese Assurance Corporation together with the likes of Mr. Lim Nee Soon and S.Q Wong. Yeo Ban Keng served as director until the time of his death. 

Yeo Ban Keng

Yeo Ban Keng passed away at the age of 75 at his residence No 17 Kim Yam Road on 19th July 1936. He leaves behind 2 widowes, Madam Tan Kum Eng and Madam Tan Un Eng, 1 son; Yeo Chong Cheng, 3 daughters; Yeo Hoe Seok, Yeo Ho Lian and Yeo Ho Lwee, 3 sons-in-law; Messrs. Lim Thiam Ek, Wee Siang Gin and Tan Teck Huat, 1 daughter-in-law; Tan Koon Neo, 2 grandsons; Yeo Eng Peck and Robert Lim and 3 granddaughters; Nellie Yeo, Molly Yeo and Wee Gwek Neo. 

The executors of the late Yeo Ban Keng's estate were Tam Kum Eng and Yeo Chong Cheng 






Kim Yan Road and Property Purchases
Yeo Ban Keng was reported making a number of purchases in 1925 and 1930. The land houses include those in No 5 and No 7 Lermit Road, many houses along Pasir Panjang Road, freehold land at No 30 Kim Yam Road, known as "Annam Bank", 43 North Bridge Road Quay and 23 River Valley Road. 




Going through the old city map of Singapore, some interesting possible connections can be made from the former residence (last recorded residence based on obituary notice) of Yeo Ban Keng at No 17 Kim Yan Road as well as the location of "Annam Bank"of 30 Kim Yan Road. No 17 Kim Yan Road rings a bell and the location of the old map when compared to the latest map suggest that it the possible location of the Buddhist Lodge. (The Buddhist Lodge at Kim Yan Road). If anyone has confirmation of this, do drop a comment. 
No 17, 19 and 30 Kim Yan Road


Could this be No 17 Kim Yan Road and once former house of Yeo Ban Keng ?
(this photo when taken by Lee Kip Lin was the Buddhist Lodge (source: PictureSG) 


Location of tomb
The tomb of Yeo Ban Keng is located at Block 1 Section B, plot 198
Yeo Ban Keng
Tomb of Yeo Ban Keng at Bukit Brown


References
Advertisements. (1923, December 4). The Straits Times, page 14
Advertisements. (1923, December 4). The Straits Times, page 14
Property Sales.(1925, April 11). Malaya Tribune, page 10
Property Sales.(1930, July 28). Malaya Tribune, page 3
Domestic Occurrence. Death. (1936, July 21). Malaya Tribune, page 10
Advertisements. (1937, March 23). The Straits Times, page 2
Singapore Buddhist Lodge, at Kim Yam Road, 1982 : exterior [1].(website).PictureSG, National Library


Friday, September 11, 2020

Khoo Koon Liat and family (Bukit Brown)

Khoo Koon Liat passed away at the age of 47 at his residence, No 222 Onan Road on 18 November 2604 (1944) leaving behind his wife, Madam Kho Siam Neo, 2 sons, Khoo Teng Kim, Khoo Tian Soo, 2 daughters, Nancy Khoo (Khoo Paw Neo), Nellie Khoo (Khoo Lee Neo) and 1 son-in-law, Quek Keng Siang. On his tomb, 1 grandchild name was etched, Khoo Quek Poh Huat.

Khoo Koon Liat

Family 
Wife: Madam Kho Siam Neo  / Monica Khoo / Mrs. Khoo Koon Liat
Madam Kho Siam Nee alias Monica Koh passed away at the age of 89 on 1st July 1992. She is survived by sons,  Khoo Teng Kim, Khoo Thian Soo, daughters; Khoo Paw Neo, Nancy, Khoo Nelly; sons-in-law; Quek Keng Siang, See Yew Kah, daughters-in-law; Lim Chwee Neo Shirley (deceased), Ang Huat Neo, Alice. 
Grandsons: Khoo Keng Swee Spencer, Quek Poh Huat, Edmund, Quek Poh Chye Colin, 
Granddaughters-in-law: Florence Chia, Patricia Sim, Cynthia Seow, 
Granddaughters: Anglea Khoo Chye Hua, See Lay Wah, Patricia, See Lay Geok, 
Gtandsons-in-law; Philip Bernard Saram, Erwin Tong
Great grandsons and great granddaughters; Ian Quek, Shaun Quek, James Nicholas Saram, Denise Khoo, Liesl Khoo, Kimberly Quek, Shanon Quek, Tamsyn Elizabeth Tong.
The cortege left from 26 Yarrow Gardens, off Siglap Road.
Kho Siam Neo nee Monica Kho
Madam Kho Siam Neo nee Monica Kho



Son: Khoo Teng Kim
Khoo Teng Kim passed away at the age of 71 on 21 September 1992. He is survived by his son, Spencer Khoo Keng Swee and daughter-in-law, Florence Chia and grand daughters; Denise Khoo and Lisel Khoo. The cortege left from 26 Yarrow Gardens, off Siglap Road. Mrs. Khoo Teng Kim nee Shirley Lim Chwee Neo passed away at the age of 62 on 12 March 1988.
Khoo Teng Kim


Son: Khoo Tian Soo  / Augustine Khoo Thian Soo
Augustine Khoo Thian Soo passed away at the age of 75 on 31 May 2009. He is survived by his wife, Alice Ang Huat Neo, daughter, Angela Khoo Chye Hua, son-in-law; Philip Bernard Saram and grandchildren; James Nicholas Saram, Jessica Clare Saram, Sarah Jacqueline Saram


Daughter: Khoo Paw Neo / Nancy Khoo nee Mrs. Quek Keng Siang
The engagement took place on 21st October 1944 (2604) between Mr. Quek Keng Siang (eldest son of Mr. anf Mrs. Quek Cheng San) and Miss Khoo Paw Neo (eldest daughter of Mr, and Mrs. Khoo Khoon Liat). Marriage will take place on 4th November 1944. 

Mr. Quek Keng Siang passed away at the age of 86 on 12 March 2005. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Khoo Paw Neo and sons; Quek Poh Huat, Quek Poh Chye, Colin, 
Daughters-in-law, Sim Peck Choo, Patricia, Seow Leng Keow, Cynthia
Grandchildren; Quek Bee Kim, Kimberly, Quek Bee Loon, Shannon, Quek Yik Oon, Ian, Quek San Oon, Shaun
Quek Keng Siang



Daughter: Khoo Lee Neo / Nellie Khoo / Khoo Nelly nee Mrs See Yew Kah
Engagement was announced on 6th October 1949 between Khoo Lee Neo (Nellie), (youngest daughter of Mrs. Khoo Kon Liat and the late Mr. Khoo Koon Liat) and Mr. See Yew Kah (second son of Mr and Mrs. See Bok Poon). 
Khoo Nelly passed away at the age of 81 on 20 June 2004. She is surived by her husband, See Yew Kah, daughters; Patricia See Lay Wah and See Lay Geok, 1 son-in-law; Erwin Tong and 1 granddaughter;Tamsyn Tong. 
See Yew Kah passed away at the age of 93 on 25 May 2009. 




Location of tomb 
Khoo Koon Liat's tomb is located at Hill 3 Section D, plot 1142 (nearby Kwek Mui Seng tomb and below Ong Sam Bee tomb)
Khoo Koon Liat
Tomb of Khoo Koon Liat



References
Death. (1944, November 20). Syonan Shimbun, page 2
Advertisement. (1949, October 6). The Straits Times, page 6