Wednesday, May 31, 2017

James Ferguson Lamb, Death 29th May 1898, Penang

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (Weekly), 9 June 1898, Page 1

On the 29th inst., at the General Hospital, Penang, James Ferguson Lamb, eldest son of James Lamb, of Prye Estate, Province Wellesley, aged 29.


The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (Weekly), 9 June 1898, Page 5

Many of his friends in Singapore will regret to see the announcement of the death of Mr. J. F. Lamb, of Penang, which took place last Sunday at the General Hospital, Penang, from fever. The Pinang Gazette has this obituary notice:-

Mr. J. F. Lamb was born in Penang on the 4th of July, 1868. His father, Mr. J. Lamb, for some time attorney to the late Sir E. Horsman, had charge of the large Sugar Estates now belonging to the Penang Sugar Estate Company, and subsequently opened the Prye Sugar Estate, where he was eventually succeeded by Mr. E. A. Blundell Brown, the present manager. For a short period, just before his death, he was a member of the Legislative Council. Mr. J. F. Lamb was educated at Clifton College, where he remained until he had completed his studies in England. He then came out to Penang, and about twelve years ago was engaged as Assistant on the Prye Sugar Estate. While at Clifton College although in neither Cricket nor in Football Eleven, he was tried for each team and succeeded in winning his "house cap" at both games. After his arrival in the Straits, he was always one of the players for Penang in inter-settlement and foreign matches. Tennis, however, was his strong point, and, besides winning the Province Championship on three occasions, he once secured that or the Straits in Singapore.

Upon leaving Prye Estate he entered Government service, became Police Financial Secretary in Penang, and during Mr. Bowen's absence acted as Sheriff and Deputy Registrar of the Supereme Court. He was also Judge's Secretary for a time, but about six months ago he relinquished the service and entered into private business on his own account.

For the last two years he has been filling the post of Secretary to the Turf Club, and in that capacity has put excellent work for sport in Penang, winning for himself at the same time well-deserved popularity. Quite recently, he was appointed Secretary to the Golf Club and to the Penang Hunt Club.

As already stated, Mr. Lamb was a general favourite, and the energy and tact he displayed in all undertakings into which he entered will be very much missed in the Settlement. Public sympathy is generally expressed towards the relatives of the deceased, in their bereavement, and towards the young lady to whom Mr. Lamb was engaged and was shortly about to be married.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Khor Ewe Keng, Death 21 May 1939, Penang

The Straits Times, 21 May 1939, Page 3
(From Our Own Correspondent.)

Penang, Saturday.
The death of Mr. Khor Ewe Keng, formerly managing director of Ewe Joo & Co., rubber dealers, took place early this morning at his residence in Johore Road. He had been ailing for some time and his condition took a turn for the worse last night. He was 59 years of age.

Mr. Khor founded the Penang Rubber Exchange and was a trustee of the Association. He was also one of the founders of the Anglo-Chinese School Union and the Corner Club.

He leaves behind a widow, three sons, Khor Cheang Chong, Khoor Cheang Kee (of the Pinang Gazette), and Master Khor Cheang Chuan, six daughters, Mrs. Gunn Lay Tor, Mrs. Chua Boon Teck (of Kuala Lumpur), Mrs. Cheah Eng Hong, and the Misses Khor Joo Aik, Khor Joo Siew and Khor Joo Imm, and seven grandchildren.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tan Kwee Swee, death 28 Jan. 1937, Singapore

Malaya Tribune, 29 January 1937, Page 15
Funeral Today
The Father of Two Queen's Scholars

Singapore, Friday. The death occurred yesterday of Mr. Tan Kwee Swee, at the age of 56 years, at his residence, No. 8, Swanage Road, Singapore.

Mr. Kwee Swee, who is one of the best well-known Chinese residents of Singapore, counted a very large circle of friends throughout Malaya and is best known for the fact that his two children, Mr. Tan Thoon Lip and Miss Maggie Tan, won the Queen's Scholarships.

Mr. Kwee Swee had been in poor health for about a month, and his death removes one, who in his younger days, was a leading Chinese resident of Singapore.

Mr. Kwee Swee comes of a very distinguished Chinese family, and was the fourth son of the late Mr. Tan Soon Toh, and a great grandson of the late Mr. Tan Tock Seng, whose charitable inclinations led to the establishment of the well-known hospital at Balestier which bears his name. Recently Mr. Kwee Swee sat on the committee of that hospital.

Big Racehorse Owner

In his younger days, Mr. Kwee Swee was a big racehorse owner, and his "colours" were always seen at functions on and off the course. He was also a good sportsman, and cricket and ten[n]is were his recreations.

He was an original member of the Garden Club and Chinese Swimming Club, and frequently contributed to charities, and although not actively associated with the various local public bodies, was looked upon as a leader of the community.

He played a large part in the alleviation of distress during the big rice crisis in Singapore, and once organised a Christmas treat for the inmates of the Tan Tock Seng Hospital a few years ago.

Lived In Retirement

Of late, Mr. Kwee Swee had been living in retirement. His father had five sons and one daughter, all of whom with the exception of two, (Mr. Tan Cheow Pin and Mr. Tan Kwee Liang) who are now living in retirement in Singapore, are dead.

One of Mr. Kwee Swee's brothers was the late Mr. Tan Boo Liat, who was a very well-known resident of Bangkok.

Mr. Kwee Swee leaves behind to mourn his loss, his widow and two children.

Mr. Thoon Lip, his son, is Assistant Official Assignee in the S.S., while the daughter, Miss Maggie Tan, is now studying medicine in London.

The funeral will take place at the Bidadari Cemetery at 5.30 p.m. to-day, the cortege leaving the house at 4.30.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

David Alexander Murray Brown (D. A. M. Brown), Death, 28 Apr. 1935, Penang


Malaya Tribune, 29 April 1935, Page 12

Popular Personality

Malayan Business


(From Our Correspondent) 

Penang Monday

The death occurred at 10 a.m. yesterday of Mr. D. A. M. Brown, one of the most popular and best known business men in Malaya.

Mr. Brown had been ill for some time with pleurisy and was reported to be making progress when he contracted pneumonia.

With his death, a familiar figure is removed from the Penang landscape. His family has been connected with Penang for over a hundred years. Five years ago, his uncle, Mr. "Laurie" Brown, who was also a prominent businessman and a popular personality, died when he was over 80 years of age.


Mr. Brown had many business interests. He was a director of a large number of concerns, particular rubber and tin companies. At the time of his death he was general manager of Glugor Estates, managing director of the Pinang Gazette Press, Ltd., and acting secretary of the Penang Turf Club.

On several occasions he represented the Penang Chamber of Commerce on the Legislative Council. He also held office as President of the Penang Club and the Penang Turf Club, and took a keen and never failing interest in all matters concerning the welfare of the Settlement.

An excellent billiards player, Mr. Brown was also a fine cricketer in his younger days.

A keen patron of the Turf, Mr. Brown was joint owner with Major T. L. Fox of a promising griffin registered with the S.R.A., under the name of Click.


The deceased was the eldest son of Mr. David Brown, a well-known descendant of a pioneer of the Settlement.

He was born in 1871 and was educated at Harrow and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where in 1891, he distinguished himself as captain of the varsity Golf Club.

He won the Malayan Golf Championship four years in succession.

On returning to Penang that year he entered the Perak Civil Service, but in 1894 he resigned to commence business on his own.

Until recently he was Senior Partner of Brown, Phillips and Stewart, of whicch firm he was one of the founders.

In 1908 deceased was Secretary of the Penang Turf Club and Golf Club and Town Club, of which he was Secretary since its formation in 1901 and many succeeding years.

He is survived by his widow and three daughters.


The funeral took place at nine o'clock this morning of Mr. D. A. M. Brown, who died yesterday morning at his bungalow in Penang Hills. 

There was a large attendance of Europeans and an equally big number of floral tributes. 

The Reverend Keppel Garnier performed the burial ceremony at Western Road Cemetery. 

The coffin was conveyed from the hill at eight o'clock this morning and proceeded from the Lower Station to the Cemetery at 8.30 a.m.

The Pall Bearers were: The Resident Councillor, the Hon. Mr. J. S. W. Arthur, the Hon. Mr. E. Newbold, Mr. B. G. H. Johnson, Mr. D'Arcy Irwin, Mr. Wait, Mr. Boothby, Mr. J. R. Bennett and Mr. H. S. Russell.

Mr. Brown had been ill for about a month and was unable to attend the Easter Meeting of the Penang Turf Club owing to this illness, although it was reported that he was making good progress.

He had a relapse, from which he never recovered.

Rev. Colin King represented the Penang Free School.

Monday, April 17, 2017

James William Salmond, Death 12 Mar. 1848, Penang

The Straits Times, 25 March 1848, Page 2

We regret to announce the decease at Penang, on the 12th instant, of the Hon. Mr. Salmond, late Resident Councillor at Malacca.

The Straits Times, 29 March 1848, Page 3

In this day's obituary will be found recorded the death of James William Salmond Esquire, late Resident Councillor, of Malacca. Mr. Salmond joined the Bencoolen Service in 1824 and at the breaking up of that Establishment was transferred to the Pinang Civil list. The most part of his service was completed at this Station: he held various appointments previously to 1838, but in November of that year he succeeded to the Office of Resident Councillor and in July 1841 was removed to the same appointment at Malacca, which he left on sick leave a few weeks since. While stationed here, he was highly and deservedly esteemed for the warmth and constancy of his friendship, his generous disposition and honorable mind. The Native community testified their remembrance of these qualities by a full and respectful attendance at his funeral. -- Pinang Gazette March 18th.

Miss Lim Guat Chui and Seow Poh Quee, Marriage 7 Dec. 1921, Singapore

The Straits Times, 16 November 1921, Page 8

The engagement is announced and the marriage will take place on December 7, 1921 of Mr. Seow Poh Quee, youngest son of the late Mr. Seow Chye Watt and brother of Messrs. Seow Poh Hoon and Seow Poh Leng, to Miss Lim Guat Chui, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lim Teck Hin of Messrs. Kim Teck and Co., of Johore.

Malaya Tribune., 24 November 1921, Page 6

The engagement is announced and the marriage will take place on December 7, 1921 of Mr. Seow Poh Quee, youngest son of the late Mr. Seow Chye Watt and brother of Messrs. Seow Poh Hoon and Seow Poh Leng, to Miss Lim Guat Chui, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lim Teck Hin of Messrs. Kim Teck and Co., of Johore.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Death - John Alexander Bannerman - Penang - 8 Aug. 1819


Pulo Penang.

Death of Governor Bannerman.

We record the death of Colonel Bannerman, Governor of the Island of Pulo Penang, because it is a serious loss to Christian Labours in that quarter of the East.

On his return from attending the funeral of one of the Gentlemen attached to the Company's Service, he complained of a pain in the chest. The attack baffled all medical skill, and, after ten days, closed his active and useful life. He died on the evening of the 8th of August, aged 61 years. His remains were attended to the grave by an immense multitude -- regretted by all ; but by none more than the Missionaries at the Island, whom he had uniformly patronised and encouraged.

Colonel Bannerman served long in the Madras Army. On returning home he sat in Parliament for a short time ; and was, for many years, a member of the Court of Directors.

The General Orders issued on occasion of his death, justly eulogize the deceased Governor, as one -

- whose zeal and anxiety to promote the public welfare were ardent and unceasing ; and whose useful and honourable labours, marked alike by integrity and every manly virtue, were not confined to the sphere of this Presidency, but have been exemplified, and often publickly appreciated, during a period of upward of forty-three years, passed in the service of the Honourable East-India Company, in various stations of difficulty, honour, and responsibility.

But we think it the highest eulogy on Colonel Bannerman's memory, that while so many who have witnessed the degradation of the millions of India for years are indifferent if not hostile to Christian Exertions among them, he carried back to those scenes of gross depravity and idolatry a lively feeling of the obligation and the benefit of such exertions. We know that he voluntarily tendered his services to the Church Missionary Society, to further any efforts which it might be in their power to make within the sphere of his future Government ; and we see that he was the Patron and Friend of all such Labourers as lived within the reach of his influence.

The Missionary Register for MDCCCXX [1820] &c. London: L. B. Seeley. 1820. Page 119 - India-Pulo Penang; Chandernagore