Monday, October 29, 2012

Great Grand Ma Margaret

Page 236-237 of Sir Song Ong Sian's book One Hundred Years History of The Chinese in Singapore carries a photo and article about my great grandmother Margaret Huang.

"His (Lim Boon Keng's) first wife, whom he married in Decmber 1896 at the Presbytarian Church in Orchard Road, was the elder daughter of Mr. Wong Nai Siong, of Foo-chow.
She was a refined, enlightened and well educated gentlewoman. The experiences she had gained through her visits to England and America, prior to her marriage, enabled her to take a sympathetic and active interest in all the reform movements of this period, in which her husband played the chief role. When the Singapore Chinese Girls' School was founded in 1899, she undertook the task of giving the pupils lessons in Chinese twice a week. Belonging to the Wesleyan Methodist communion she occasionally worshiped at both the Methodist Episcopal Church in Coleman Street and the Princep Street Church and was greatly  liked and admired by her Chinese Christian friends. She died in 1905 leaving four sons, of whom the eldest is Roberst, who has just taken his degrees of M.B., B.Ch. at Edinburgh University. During the War, Robert served as a surgical dresser to the Indian Hospital at Netley, Hants. "

Foot note: 
Her 4 sons were 
Robert Kho Seng,
Walter Kho Leng
Francis Kho Beng and
John Kho Liau

Her excavated tomb is one of the "Lim Septuplet" at Bukit Brown
and marked by the unusual fallen cylinder

Cylinder Tombstone: GGM Margaret Huang