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 (source: NewspaperSG)|
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.
|Funeral of Mr. Tan Tang Niah (source: NewspaperSG)|
|Tan Boon Chiat|
|Tan Sim Boh |
|Mr and Mrs Lim Peng Han|
|Tan Teng Niah House (1980s)|
|Ancestral table of the house (you can roughly make out the picture of Tan Tang Niah)|
Keng Hwa / Keng Hua / Keng Fa link
|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)|