Saturday, December 31, 2011

Whats happening to Bukit Brown Cemetery??

In Straits times today (31 December 2011)
and I reproduce column by column below just in case you want to read what is quoted of Lim Su Chong

Column two

then three....

AND last BUT NOT LEAST...!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Tale of a cannon

This beautiful beast may be found on Cox Terrace at Fort Canning, Singapore

On the pinion is the serial number, (I can not read it)
the manufacturer ( Carron)  and the year of manufacture  (1799)

At Fort Canning: In search of John Horrocks Whitehead

John Horrocks Whitehead gets my attention as he is linked to Tan Tock Seng

John Horrocks Whitehead, a partner in the trading firm of Shaw,Whitehead & Co.
John Horrocks Whitehead died at Singapore in 1846 aged 36 years. the same age as his uncle the cotton tycoon had reached at the time of his death. He is mentioned in the Singapore newspaper regarding his involvement with the church, St Andrews I believe, just near the Raffles hotel, and I believe he is buried in the churchyard.

John Horrocks Whitehead is buried in the old cemetery at Fort Canning in Singapore. A tombstone was reportedly erected for him by his good friend and business partner, the wealthy philanthropist Tan Tock Seng (1798-1850) upon which he inscribed "as a token of affection on the part of a Chinese friend, Tan Tock Seng."

I searched old cemetry at Fort Canning but I was 40 years too late...
A cluster of about 10 tombs was preserved in one corner, including a Russsian: Wladimir Astafiew

 and John  Lee Khia Soon

But most of the stuff was very dilapidated and removed in the 1970's:

Some of the tombstones have been embedded in the perimeter all, but I could not find that of John Horrock Whitehead

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vivian visits

Was very pleased to meet Vivian my second cousin twice removed:
Her mother Effie was daughter of Dr Robert Lim
Robert was brother to Walter my father's father.
Altogether Dr Lim Boon Keng had 4 sons: Robert Walter Francis John

Hello Great Great Grandma
Vivian and I at tomb of Lim Boon Keng's mum

Vivian at tomb of grandparents of LBK.

Hello great great great grand mother
ello great great great grand father

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Finding Tan Kim Ching

These pictures are from last year when Woody came to visit

Hope this gives you some idea how to get there

Finding Grandparents and Parents of Lim Boon Keng

On previous trip Raymond had shown me tombs of the grandparents and parents of Lim Boon Keng (my great grand father) . I had asked Raymond to mark it on the map. E2 make the spot, just before the dog-leg bend of that survey road.

I met two undergraduates, Yani and Martina from East Asian studies NUS, and showed them TBC gravesite (which I had managed to find 30 minutes earlier after a little searching).

Yani, Me & Martina

Then I boldly offered to show them the Lim Boon Keng cluster. The map was accurate enough but I headed uphill too early. After searching uphill I finally found it.

Upon exiting and counting, here is my guide to finding the cluster;

Walk along that road till on the left, near the dogleg bend you find AA65 of Ah Kim 亞金

go uphill counting 10 tombs (Ah Kim is #1)

This is the #10: 

To the right we find tomb of Lim Boon Keng's mother

Lim Boon Keng grandfather Lim Mah Peng died in 1879.

Lim Boon Keng's grandmother's tomb is to the right

This is tomb of grandmother of Lim Boon Keng: 
As he is my great-grand-father, 
I am standing before the tomb of my great-great-great-grand mother.
(Did I get that right?)

 Lim Boon Keng's father has 4 sons and 4 daughters. One son and one daughter was given to someone else(出嗣). This son's name is Mu Qing (木庆)(木慶) and the daughter 's name is You Ru (幼汝). The name of these 2 children are also reflected on Lim Boon Keng's mother's grave, but they are not indicated as 出嗣.

Boon Keng's father was

I am kneeling, crouching before the tomb of 
Lim Boon Keng's father.

The trio of tombs are covered by dense vegetation.
I have just discovered them this month.
Will get saw, machete etc to clear some stuff
and see what professional help is needed.
I think this is far from the road project.

Lawrence Ang posted to Heritage Singapore - Bukit Brown Cemetery

Raymond and I did a bit of bashing, and re-discovered the tomb of Lim Boon Keng's sister !
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Finding Tan Bin Cheng

Went to recce BBC for Tan Bin Cheng visit:
Armed with Raymond Goh map: C3 marks the spot!

Had to scout around:
these quad of lined up tombs provide the guide to TBC

By standing at the rightmost

and following their direction (I planted my umbrella two pass away) for 35 paces:
you will come to a big tree: A big tomb of Koh Kong Wee lies in front of the tree: but TBC is after it, in the shade:

The tomb of TBC has been tumbled down by the roots of the tree: Raymond had previously helped of find and identify it:

You can see the two sentinal lions guarding.

The two turbaned and rifled watchmen are still there: One standing erect,

the other still on duty although at an angle

The tombstone had fallen facedown and Raymond had turned it around with help: (the happened on his previous finding trip) today Raymond was not with me :
Bin Ching Tan name can be seen in "squished" chinese calligraphy.

Tan Bin Cheng's Chinese name is Chen Min Zheng 陈敏政(陳敏政).

This piece shows his sons/ grandson's names:


Tan Bin Cheng's tomb is surrounded by dense vegetation.

just been discovered this month.
This is Raymond's article :

Will get saw, machete etc to clear some of the vegetation

and see what professional help is needed.

I think this is in direct path of destruction due to the proposed road project!!