Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cheah Cheng Lean, death July 1933, Penang

The death took place at Penang on Saturday of Mr Cheah Cheng Leng, the proprietor of the dispensary bearing his name at Magazine Road close to Wembley Park. His father came to Penang in 1873 from China and he was born here three years later. The father opened business as a general merchant. The son was educated at the Free School under Mr Hargreaves and then was apprenticed to Maynard and Co., Chemists, who had opened a branch here under Mr David Graham from Singapore. During this period Mr Cheng Lean became a fully qualified chemist, and ultimately started his own business. [The Straits Times, 12 July 1933, Page 12]

The funeral at Penang of Mr Cheah Cheng Lean was largely attended by relatives, friends and members of his kongsi. Starting from his residence at 233 Magazine Road, the cortege proceeded along Magazine Road, Bridge Street and Malay Street into Carnarvon Street, where the mourners entered motor-cars and proceeded to Mt. Erskine Road, where on a specially selected site on the streep upper slope of the Cheah Kongsi's large building, the interment took place. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 20 July 1933, Page 7]

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