Monday, December 30, 2013

Mrs. Tan Tock Seng, Death, March 1877, Singapore

The Straits Times, 31 March 1877, Page 4

The funeral of the late Mrs. Tan Tock Seng took place yesterday morning with more even than the usual pomp which the wealthy Chinese import into such ceremonies. At nine o'clock punctually, the coffin was placed in a magnificent state chair, covered with tapestry of rich silk and gold, and was carried by about forty bearers, the members of the deceased's family, dressed in sackcloth, walking after, a weird figure supposed to frighten away the evil spirits being in front of the procession. Silk banners gorgeously inscribed, numerous fife bands, gongs, and incense temples constituted the paraphernalia of the procession, which was about three miles long, and which wended its way slowly to the cemetery near the Passir Panjang Road, where it arrived at 11 o'clock, when the collosal figure in front was burnt at the foot of the grave, and the usual religious ceremonies performed. The numbers of Chinese and Malays, who attended to evince their respect for the memory of the deceased, prove the esteem with which both she, and her late benevolent husband were regarded in this colony.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Anthony Aratoon, Death, 8 Oct. 1863, Penang

Pinang Gazette and Straits Chronicle, Saturday 17th October 1863, Page 2.

Death.

On the 8th Instant - Aratoon, Anthony Esq. - aged 73 years, and a resident of this Island since 1819.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Daughter of Mrs. Agatha Elizabeth Harris, Birth 5 Sept 1836, Penang

Births.

Sept 5. At Penang, Mrs Agatha Elizabeth Harris, of a daughter.

Nov 1. At Penang, the wife of Mr. L. S. L'Fevre, of a son.

Deaths.

Oct 2. At Penang. Wm. Cox. Esq., proprietor and publisher of the Gazette, and deputy sheriff of Prince of Wales' Island.

Nov. 22. At Singapore, Capt. John Poynton, deputy master attendant at that settlement, aged 35.

Dec. 20. At Singapore, Lieut. John P. Germon, 48th regt. Madras N. I.


Source: 'May 1837' in Part II of The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register For British and Foreign India, China and Australasia. Vol XXIII - New Series. May-August, 1837. London: Wm. H. Allen and Co. 1837, incorporating Part I Journal Pages 1-304, and Part II Asiatic Intelligence & Register Pages 1-352. Page 64 of Part II.

Son of Mr.& Mrs. L. S. L'Fevre, Birth 1 Nov 1836, Penang

Births.

Sept 5. At Penang, Mrs Agatha Elizabeth Harris, of a daughter.

Nov 1. At Penang, the wife of Mr. L. S. L'Fevre, of a son.

Deaths.

Oct 2. At Penang. Wm. Cox. Esq., proprietor and publisher of the Gazette, and deputy sheriff of Prince of Wales' Island.

Nov. 22. At Singapore, Capt. John Poynton, deputy master attendant at that settlement, aged 35.

Dec. 20. At Singapore, Lieut. John P. Germon, 48th regt. Madras N. I.


Source: 'May 1837' in Part II of The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register For British and Foreign India, China and Australasia. Vol XXIII - New Series. May-August, 1837. London: Wm. H. Allen and Co. 1837, incorporating Part I Journal Pages 1-304, and Part II Asiatic Intelligence & Register Pages 1-352. Page 64 of Part II.

William Cox, Death, 2 Oct. 1836, Penang

Births.

Sept 5. At Penang, Mrs Agatha Elizabeth Harris, of a daughter.

Nov 1. At Penang, the wife of Mr. L. S. L'Fevre, of a son.

Deaths.

Oct 2. At Penang. Wm. Cox. Esq., proprietor and publisher of the Gazette, and deputy sheriff of Prince of Wales' Island.

Nov. 22. At Singapore, Capt. John Poynton, deputy master attendant at that settlement, aged 35.

Dec. 20. At Singapore, Lieut. John P. Germon, 48th regt. Madras N. I.


Source: 'May 1837' in Part II of The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register For British and Foreign India, China and Australasia. Vol XXIII - New Series. May-August, 1837. London: Wm. H. Allen and Co. 1837, incorporating Part I Journal Pages 1-304, and Part II Asiatic Intelligence & Register Pages 1-352. Page 64 of Part II.

John Poynton, Death, 22 Nov. 1836, Singapore

Births.

Sept 5. At Penang, Mrs Agatha Elizabeth Harris, of a daughter.

Nov 1. At Penang, the wife of Mr. L. S. L'Fevre, of a son.

Deaths.

Oct 2. At Penang. Wm. Cox. Esq., proprietor and publisher of the Gazette, and deputy sheriff of Prince of Wales' Island.

Nov. 22. At Singapore, Capt. John Poynton, deputy master attendant at that settlement, aged 35.

Dec. 20. At Singapore, Lieut. John P. Germon, 48th regt. Madras N. I.


Source: 'May 1837' in Part II of The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register For British and Foreign India, China and Australasia. Vol XXIII - New Series. May-August, 1837. London: Wm. H. Allen and Co. 1837, incorporating Part I Journal Pages 1-304, and Part II Asiatic Intelligence & Register Pages 1-352. Page 64 of Part II.

John P. Germon, Death, 20 Dec. 1836, Singapore

Births.

Sept 5. At Penang, Mrs Agatha Elizabeth Harris, of a daughter.

Nov 1. At Penang, the wife of Mr. L. S. L'Fevre, of a son.

Deaths.

Oct 2. At Penang. Wm. Cox. Esq., proprietor and publisher of the Gazette, and deputy sheriff of Prince of Wales' Island.

Nov. 22. At Singapore, Capt. John Poynton, deputy master attendant at that settlement, aged 35.

Dec. 20. At Singapore, Lieut. John P. Germon, 48th regt. Madras N. I.


Source: 'May 1837' in Part II of The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register For British and Foreign India, China and Australasia. Vol XXIII - New Series. May-August, 1837. London: Wm. H. Allen and Co. 1837, incorporating Part I Journal Pages 1-304, and Part II Asiatic Intelligence & Register Pages 1-352. Page 64 of Part II.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Alexander Gregory Anthony, Death, October 1933, Singapore

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 21 October 1933, Page 7

DEATH OF MR. A. G. ANTHONY
A Popular Singapore Resident

His many friends in Singapore and elsewhere in Malaya will learn with deep regret that Mr. A. G. (Alec) Anthony died at the General Hospital yesterday morning. The news will come as a shock, for although Mr. Anthony had been in poor health for a fairly long time he was out and about until only a few days ago.

Mr. Anthony was 49 years of age. The second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Anthony of Penang, Mr. Alexander Gregory Anthony was born in Penang. He came to Singapore in 1901 as an assistant in the firm of Messrs Huttenbach Brothers, subsequently reconstructed under the style of Huttenbach, Lazarus and Sons, Ltd. Mr. Anthony remained with the firm until 1925, at which time he was managing director.

From 1925, Mr. Anthony carried on business in partnership as an exchange and share broker.

For two or three years Mr. Anthony was a member of the Municipal Commission and he was also a Justice of the Peace. Of a genial and generous disposition Mr. Anthony was popular with everybody with whom he came in contact and he will be missed by all who knew him.

THE FUNERAL

The funeral of Mr. Alexander Gregory Anthony, which took place at Bidadari Cemetery yesterday, was very largely attended.

Gregory Anthony, Death January 1893,

Daily Advertiser, 6 January 1893, Page 3

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Death of Mr. Gregory Anthony.

We deeply regret to have to announce the death of Mr. Gregory Anthony, which took place suddenly on New Year's Day at a quarter to six o'clock in the evening. Mr. Anthony had been ill for some weeks, and though serious complications set in, it was not till Saturday morning that any immediate danger was anticipated. On Saturday evening he rallied, and no one who saw him on Sunday morning had any idea that his end was so near. He was conscious to the end and passed away most peacefully.

Mr. Anthony was admitted to the Bar of the Straits in December, 1876, having served his articles in the offices of Mr. Bernard Rodyk and the late Mr. I.S. Bond. Soon after his admission he joined Mr. Van Someren, but of late he practiced alone. Mr. Anthony devoted himself to the criminal branch of the law and soon obtained for himself the leading practice in the Police Courts. The natives speedily recognised his intimate knowledge of their habits and customs and wonderful acquaintance with their languages, especially Tamil, Malay and Hindustani, his quick grasp of the facts of a case and the great skill he displayed in cross-examining an untruthful witness, and readily availed themselves of his professional services. Mr. Anthony was equally successful with juries; he, soon after the opening of a case, established confidential relations with them, did not tire them out with long and useless cross-examination or by raising hopeless points of law, and when his turn came to address them, did so in terms which they easily understood, taking a practical and common sense view of the case and never asking them to believe in a defence which his experience told him was improbable. He was generally rewarded by a verdict in his favour. Emphatically an advocate for the defence, Mr. Anthony, on the few occasions that he appeared for the prosecution, conducted his case in a fair manner, laying before the magistrate or jury the facts in a dispassionate manner, in no instance unduly pressing points against a prisoner but giving due prominence to all that could be brought forward in his favour. While ever ready to avail himself of all points in favour of his client, Mr. Anthony never forgot the courtesy that was due to his opponent and scorned to profit by an unfair advantage or mean action.

Mr. Anthony was highly respected and esteemed by the other members of his profession, and his comrades will long hold his memory in affectionate regard. He will also be remembered by the other members of the European community, to many of whom his genial disposition, unfailing readiness to do a kind action and kindly demeanour greatly endeared him. The natives also held him in high respect, and were any proof required of the great esteem he was held in by the varied classes of our community, it was afforded by the numbers who attended his funeral yesterday. We must not omit to mention that a contingent of the European police volunteered to carry his coffin as a mark of respect to one who had always shewn himself their good friend, and their kind offer was gratefully accepted.The leading members of the Bar and a couple of friends acted as pall bearers.

In conclusion we beg to tender our sincere sympathy to his sorrowing brothers and sisters, and to assure them that the public of Penang mourn with them in their great loss. -Pinang Gazette.

Ms. Niven and Mr. Eben, Marriage, October 1893, Perak

Straits Times Weekly Issue, 10 October 1893, Page 4

MARRIAGE OF AN OFFICIAL

The marriage of Mr. Ebden (Collector of Land Revenue) and Miss Niven takes place in Perak today. Yesterday the bridegroom accompanied by Mr. Holmes, who actsasbest man, the Rev. Mr. Haines and Mrs. Haines, Mrs. Watkins, Messrs. Lander and French, left by the Esmeralda.

The bride will be married from the house of her sister, Mrs. Birch, and a dance will be given tonight at Taiping. The honeymoon will be spent at Kuala Kangsar, the Residency there having been placed at the disposal of the bride and bridegroom. The Selangor visitors returned by the Esmeralda on the same day.

Charles Fox Martin, Death June 1893, Taiping

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 5 June 1893, Page 4

ACCIDENT TO LIEUT. MARTIN.

Penang, June 5th, noon.

Yesterday at Taiping, Lieut. Martin, Assistant Commissioner of the Perak Sikhs, was thrown from his horse and his skull fractured. He is suffering from concussion of the brain and his condition is critical.

Lt. Charles Fox Martin, though one of the last accessions to the Perak Sikhs, has made himself exceedingly popular by his remarkable social qualities in addition to his merits as a soldier. He served in the 12th lancers as a non-commissioned officer and got his commission joining the 88th (Connaught Rangers). From this regiment he was seconded for service for five years on being appointed to the 1st Perak Sikhs. It was only the other day that he gave the Perak and Penang public a sample of his talent in things dramatic by his clever burlesque "Mr. O'Kaya of Pahang," produced with much success both at Taiping and at Penang. Much sympathy will be felt for Mrs. Martin in her anxiety at the severe accident that has befallen her husband, so widely known among his friends by the name of "Ballyhooly Junior."

Colonel Walker, who is at present in Singapore, will naturally feel much distress at the unfortunate event that will have deprived him for a time of the services of one of his best officers.

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Daily Advertiser, 12 June 1893, Page 2

Another Sad Fatal Accident In Perak.
Penang Independent, June 7.


It is with feelings of melancholy regret that the painful duty is imposed upon us of recording the death of Lieut C. F. Martin, the popular Adjutant of the 1st Perak Sikhs, than whom no man in the regiment was better liked or respected. It appears that Lieut. Martin, accompanied by Mr. Burnside, the Assistant Secretary to the Perak Government, went out to the Taiping Rifle Range, at about 5 o'clock on Sunday evening last, their purpose being to exercise their horses over the jumps. After taking a jump, Lieut. Martin's horse must have slipped, as it fell, throwing the unfortunate rider heavily upon his head. When Mr. Martin picked up, he was in an unconscious condition, and was at once conveyed to his house. Dr. Brown was immediately telegraphed for from Penang, and he as quickly responded, and all was done that medical skill and friendly aid could render, but the unfortunate gentleman never recovered consciousness, finally passing away this morning at about 8 o'clock. His funeral will take place at Taiping this afternoon.

The late Lieut. Martin was a genial friend, a pleasant companion, and a man of sterling worth and ability. He was a well known contributor, under the nom-de-plume both of "Ballyhooly" and "Sacretache" to the Indian and Straits papers, and one of the best horsemen and athletes in the East. We sincerely sympathise with his unfortunate wife in her sad bereavement and with the numerous friends who knew, liked and respected him.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

George Windsor Earl, Death 9 Aug 1865, At Sea

Died.

EARL - On the 9th August, on board the Shantung, on his passage to London, George Windsor Earl, Esq., Assistant Resident Councillor and Police Magistrate of Province Wellesley, Straits of Malacca, aged 52 years.

[The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), Thursday 12 October 1865, Page 2]

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Among our obituary notices will be found an announcement of the death of George Windsor Earl, Esq., Assistant Resident Councillor and Police Magistrate of Province Wellesley. Mr. Earl first visited this colony in 1837 with Sir Gordon Bremer, in H.M.S. Alligator - the vessel by which our first Governor, Sir John Hindmarsh, left the colony, and which took the marines from H.M.S. Buffalo to Port Essington. After a short stay here Mr. Earl left in the Alligator, and after an absence of nearly 27 years revisited the colony in February, 1864, for the benefit of his health. He left again in the year following to resume his duties, but we regret to say that since his return to Penang his health gradually failed. His medical adviser recommended an immediate voyage to England, but unhappily before the vessel sailed Mr. Earl breathed his last. In him Australia loses one who took a deep interest in her welfare and prosperity. North Australia and the Islands of the Eastern Seas especially were objects of his attention, and his published remarks upon them are in the hands of every one possessing any knowledge of the subject. In private life Mr. Earl was a man of great general information, a kind and warm friend, and one of whom we may truly say that all who knew him loved him. His death will be a matter of great and general regret, and amongst his own immediate friends a deep and heartfelt loss.

[The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), Thursday 12 October 1865, Page 3]

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Caroline Mills, Birth 14 October 1929, Batu Gajah

Birth. Mills. At Batu Gajah, on October 14, 1929, to Caroline (nee Colvin) wife of G. R. Mills, a daughter (Caroline).

[The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 18 October 1929, Page 10]

Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim I, Death 1 October 1925, Singapore

Death of Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim.


We regret to learn of the death, this morning, at Panglima Prang, River Valley Road, of Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim, widow of the late Hon. Mr. Tan Jiak Kim, C.M.G. The deceased lady, who was about 50 years of age, had been in ill-health for several months.

[The Straits Times, 1 October 1925, Page 8]

Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim II (nee Ang), Death 11 August 1911, London

Death of Mrs. Tan Jiak kim


We regret to have to announce that Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim, who accompanied the Hon Tan Jiak Kimto England for the Coronation festivities, died in London yesterday afternoon. A few days ago, a telegram was received here, stating that Mrs. Jiak Kim was ill with uraemia and pneumonia, but a subsequent  cable announced that she was slightly better. This morning, however, a further message announced that she had passed away as the result of sudden heart failure. The funeral will take place on Monday. Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim was 33 years old and was the fourth daughter of the late Mr. Ang Kim Tee. She was the second wife of Mr. Tan Jiak Kim, whom she married fourteen years ago. We are sure that the honourable gentleman will have the sympathy of all in Singapore at this tragic termination of his visit to Europe.

[The Straits Times, 12 August 1911, Page 8]

THE LATE MRS. TAN JIAK KIM.

DIED IN LONDON.

The wife of Mr Tan Jiak Kim, a representative of the Straits Settlements at the Coronation, died at the Hotel Metropole yesterday evening, of uraemia.

[The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 14 August 1911, Page 5]

DEATH OF MRS TAN JIAK KIM.


There will be general regret felt throughout the community of Singapore at the announcement of the death of Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim, which took place at the Hotel Metropole, on the evening of Friday the 11th. The deceased lady was apparently in good health when she left for England with her husband, the Hon'ble Mr. Tan Jiak Kim, who was nominated as one of the representatives of this Colony for the Coronation ceremonies. A short time ago it was stated in a private wire that Mrs Tan Jiak Kim was suffering from uraemia and pneumonia, and improvement being wired later. On Saturday morning, however her death was unexpectedly announced by cable, this sad event being also announced in a Reuter's message received in the afternoon. The immediate cause is given as heart failure. Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim, who was a slight and delicate looking lady, was the fourth daughter of the late Mr. Ang Kim Tee. She married Mr. Jiak Kim fourteen years ago, as his second wife, and was only thirty-three years of age at the time of her death. Mrs Tan Jiak Kim had the honour, with her husband, of being received at Buckingham Palace by Their Majesties the King and Queen. Mr. Jiak Kim made the Hotel Metropole his head-quarters during his visit to London, and it was there that his wife fell ill and died. Not only in Singapore but in London,where Mr Tan Jiak Kim has many old friends, will there be deep sympathy with him at the breavement which has given so happy a visit to England so sad an ending.

[The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 14 August 1911, Page 4, repeated via The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 17 August 1911, Page 106]

FUNERAL OF MRS. TAN JIAK KIM.

Observance of the Usual Chinese Rites Impossible.


The London and China Express of August 18 says that Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim had been ill during the previous three weeks with uraemia and Bright's disease, and the specialists discovered a slight attack of pneumonia. Her condition on 11th was at the first somewhat better, but the end came in the evening, it is thought from heart failure. The Hon. Tan Jiak Kim is a member of the Legislative Council for the Straits Settlements, and was one of the representatives from Singapore of the Straits to the Coronation. It will be remembered that the Hon. and Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim were present at the garden party at Buckingham Palace during the Coronation festivities. The latter was quite well on her arrival in this country and remained so up to the time she was taken ill. We understand that her illness had nothing to do with the change in climate.

The funeral of Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim took place very quietly at Brookwood Cemetery on the 12th inst., those present at the graveside including the Chinese Minister, Sir Hugh Fort (who with Mr Kim represented the Straits at the Coronation), Sir John McLeavy Brown (of the Chinese Legation), Sir Wm. Taylor (Agent for the Malay States), Mr. S. Gilfillan, Mr. Thos. Cuthbertson, Mr. Waddell, and others. Many of Mr. Tan Jiak Kim's friends were out of London and were therefore unable to be present. Under the circumstances the usual Chinese funeral rites could not be observed and a European coffin had to be used. No Confucial priest could, of course, be found to officiate, and the only Chinese accessories available were a candle and some joss sticks. Many wreaths were sent, whist numerous telegrams and letters reached Mr. Tan Jiak Kim from Singapore and from prominent men in London and other parts of England. Owing to his deep sorrow, Mr.Kim has been unable to personally acknowledge these.

[The Straits Times, 8 September 1911, Page 7]

MRS. TAN JIAK KIM.


Very general sympathy for the bereaved husband will be felt amongst all Straits people at the death of Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim, which took place at the Hotel Metropole, London on 11th Aug. She had been ill during the last three weeks with uraemia and Bright's disease, and the specialists discovered a slight attack of pneumonia. Her condition on 11th was at the first somewhat better, but the end came in the evening, it is thought from heart failure. The Hon. Tan Jiak Kim is a member of the Legislative Council for the Straits Settlements, and was one of the representatives from Singapore of the Straits to the Coronation. It will be remembered that the Hon. and Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim were present at the garden party at Buckingham Palace during the Coronation festivities. The latter was quite well on her arrival in this country and remained so up to the time she was taken ill. We understand that her illness had nothing to do with the change in climate.

The funeral of Mrs. Tan Jiak Kim took place very quietly at Brookwood Cemetery on the 12th inst., those present at the graveside including the Chinese Minister, Sir Hugh Fort (who with Mr Kim represented the Straits at the Coronation), Sir John McLeavy Brown (of the Chinese Legation), Sir Wm. Taylor (Agent for the Malay States), Mr. S. Gilfillan, Mr. Thos. Cuthbertson, Mr. Waddell, and others. Many of Mr. Tan Jiak Kim's friends were out of London and were therefore unable to be present. Under the circumstances the usual Chinese funeral rites could not be observed and a European coffin had to be used. No Confucial priest could, of course, be found to officiate, and the only Chinese accessories available were a candle and some joss sticks. Many wreaths were sent, whist numerous telegrams and letters reached Mr. Tan Jiak Kim from Singapore and from prominent men in London and other parts of England. Owing to his deep sorrow, Mr.Kim has been unable to personally acknowledge these. L. & C. Express.

[The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 9 September 1911, Page 7]

Daughter of C. B. Plunket, Birth 27 July 1861, Penang

DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES. 
BIRTH. 

At Pinang, on the 27th instant, the Wife of C. B. Plunket Esq., of a Daughter.

[The Straits Times, 3 August 1861, Page 3]

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Walter Scott Petherbridge, Death, 18 Sept. 1888, Penang

DOMESTIC OCCURRENCE
DEATH

At Sans Souci Villa, on the 18th inst., aged 36 years, Walter Scott Petherbridge, partner in the firm of Brown & Co., and second son of Captain Petherbridge, 3 Wellesley Villas, Forest Hill, London.
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THE LATE MR. WALTER SCOTT PETHERBRIDGE.

A gloom was cast over the Settlement on Wednesday by the announcement of the death of Mr. Walter Scott Petherbridge, which took place the previous evening. He only returned from Europe by last mail, after more than a year's absence, and was in his office on the day off his arrival. His friends noticed then that he looked far from well, but attributed it to the discomfort of the voyage out, the heat in the Red Sea having been excessive. He himself complained a little, and went home feeling rather unwell. He was never in the office again. For several days he did not seek medical advice thinking he would soon be all right, and when the doctor was called in, there seemed to be no serious symptoms. On Monday, however, alarming symptoms appeared, and on Tuesday afternoon, at about five o'clock, he died of heart disease. Mr. Petherbridge, who was only 36 years of age, came to Penang in 1872, and entered the office of Messrs. Brown & Company, in which firm, his uncle, the late Mr.Walter Scott, was then a partner. On the death of that gentleman in 1885, he himself became a partner. In August last year he went home with his wife and child, whom, on his return, he left behind in England. A few months ago he had a sharp attack of gastric fever, but had completely recovered, and when he left hime he was apparently in excellent health. Mr. Petherbridge was one of the best known men in Penang, and he will be much missed by a large circle of friends.
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[Pinang Gazette and Straits Chronicle, Friday, September 21, 1888, Page 5]


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Mrs. Lim Lean Teng, death October 1965, Penang

Penang. Fri. --- Representatives from more than 20 associations and schools yesterday attended the funeral of Mrs. Lim Lean Teng, 89 year old widow of the millionaire banker and philanthropist, Towkay Lim Lean Teng. Mrs. Lim died in her Northam Road residence last Friday after a long illness. [The Straits Times, 23 October 1965, Page 9]

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Seah Wah-Cheong and Kway Thoo-Yong, Marriage October 1907, Singapore

A CHINESE WEDDING.
INTERESTING CELEBRATIONS

The celebrations in honour of the wedding of the daughter of Mr. Seah Leang Seah and Mr. Kway Thoo Yeng last evening were very interesting and upon a scale in keeping with the high positions occupied by the bridgegroom and the bride's family in Singapore.

H.E. the Governor, Sir John Anderson, was among the many European guests invited, and accompanied by Mr. Seah Leang Seah visited the bride. The back part of the ground floor of Bendemeer was reserved for Chinese ladies. On the lawn the band of the West Kents was stationed and played a charming selection of music as the undermentioned programme shows:

1. Grand March "Pomp and Circumstance" - Elgar.
2. Overture to "The Barber of Seville" - Rossini.
3. Selection from "La Traviata" - Verdi.
4. Vaise 'Lustige Bruder' - Vollstedt.
5. Three Dances from "Nell Gwyn" - German.
6. Selection from "The Gondoliers" - Sullivan.
7. Menuet "No 1" - Paderewski.
8. Two Step "Laughing Water" - Hager.

The bride had to undergo a prolonged ordeal in sitting to receive the congratulations of her friends. She was most gorgeously bedecked, her ornaments representing in diamonds alone an untold wealth. The weight of the gold pins and other ornaments that formed that formed the bride's coiffure could not be estimated. Many of these priceless jewels were family heirlooms and represented the wealth of the family. The trial of sitting must have been no small physical endurance, even although two young aides-de-camp were told off to fan the bride.

The young bride is Miss Seah Wah Cheong, daughter of Mr. Seah Leang Seah and the bridegroom who in accordance with Chinese etiquette has never seen his bride, is Mr. Kway Thoo Yong, a name well known in mercantile Singapore.

A very large gathering of Singapore Society assembled to do honour to the occasion and the beautiful lawns and green swards of Bendemeer afforded complete scope for one of the most attractive social gatherings seen here for a long time.

(The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 9 October 1907, Page 6)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

See Kew Lye, Death 3 December 1918, Penang

Mr See Kew Lye of "Cinnamon Hall" Penang passed away at 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday. He was the manging partner of Messrs Chin Hin Company of Beach Street, Rice Merchants, Director of the Eastern Shipping Co Ltd and the Ho Hong Bank Limited. He leaves three widows, five sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren to mourn his loss. (S Echo). [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 5 December 1918, Page 360]

The funeral of the late Mr. See Kew Lye of Penang and Rangoon took place on Wednesday when his remains were removed from his residence, "Cinnamon Hall," in Kelawei Road to the Batu Lanchang Cemetery, says the Straits Echo. The deceased gentleman was managing partner of Messrs Chin Hin and Co. and was also one of the directors of the Eastern Shipping Co. and the Ho Hong Bank. Besides being a businessman highly respected in the Straits and the Far East, he was also the possessor of extensive property in Rangoon and the neighbouring districts. He was a generous supporter of local charitable funds. [The Straits Times, 10 January 1919, Page 8]

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Francis Maxwell Allan, Birth 23 January 1879, Penang

BIRTHS. 

At Northam Lodge, Penang, on the 23rd instant, the wife of John Allan, Esq., of a son.

[Straits Times Overland Journal, 1 February 1879, Page 1]

John Allan, Death 27 September 1894, Surrey

THE LATE MR. JOHN ALLAN. 

The death of another old Straits man is reported we regret to say, in the case of Mr. John Allan, of Messrs. Sandilands Buttery & Co., Penang, who died at home on the 28th ult. The news reached Penang by wire the following day. Mr. Allan had been ailing for a couple of months with an attack of fever, contracted it is supposed during a recent visit to the East, when he was in charge  for a time of the Sumatra tobacco estates, in which his firm had an interest. Mr. Allan came out to this Colony in a sailing ship nearly 30 years ago, and has been closely associated with Penang since that time. For about a couple of years Mr. Allan represented Penang as a Member of Legislative Council having been sworn in on the 12th January 1880. Though not taking any prominent part in Council proceedings Mr. Allan always gave useful support to his unofficial colleagues.

[The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 3 October 1894, Page 2]

DEATHS 

ALLAN - at 3 St Andrews Square, Surbiton, Surrey, on 27th inst., John Allan, of London and Penang.

[Glasgow Herald, 28 September 1894]

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Giovanni Battista Cerruti, Death, 24 May 1914, Penang

Death. Cerruti. Capt. G. B. Cerruti, aged 63, on Sunday, the 24th inst., at the General Hospital, Penang.

[The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 28 May 1914, Page 6]

Cerruti's Grave

One was a little sorry to read this week that the remains of Signor Cerruti, the patron saint of the Perak Sakai, are to be disinterred from the Penang cemetery and taken back to Italy.

If any white man ever identified himself with this country it was Cerruti, for he lived in the hills with the Sakai and devoted many years of his life to studying them, trading with them and teaching them to improve their miserable conditions of life by means of agriculture and handicrafts.

He won the complete confidence of the Perak Government and held the official appointment of Superintendent of the Sakai, a post that has never been revived since his death.

His book "My Friends the Sakai" was written in Italian and translated by an English lady, who did not make an especially good job of it, but it contains some remarkably interesting first-hand observations and experiences. It is an extremely rare publication in the secondhand book market nowadays.

[The Straits Times, 17 September 1933, Page 5]

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Norman Macalister McIntyre, Death, 11 July 1847, Penang

Domestic Occurrence

Death

At Pinang on the 11th instant, Mr. Norman Macalister McIntyre, aged 53 years 6 months & 5 days, leaving a wife and large family to lament his loss.

[Pinang Gazette and Straits Chronicle, 17 July 1847, Page 1]

Monday, June 24, 2013

Esther Veronica Tait and Henry Starr, Marriage 8 September 1890, Penang

Domestic Occurrence.

Marriage.

Starr-Tait. - On the 8th instant, at the Church of the Assumption, by the Rev. Father Rivet, Esther Veronica, third daughter of Captain Tait, to Henry third son of Lawrence Starr, of O'Magh County, Tyrone, Ireland.

[Pinang Gazette and Straits Chronicle, 12 September 1890, Page 4]

Daughter of James Young Kennedy, Birth 2 September 1891, Penang

Domestic Occurrence. Birth. Kennedy. At Ravendale, Penang, on the 2nd instant, the wife of James Young Kennedy, of a daughter.

[Pinang Gazette and Straits Chronicle, 5 September 1891, Page 4]

Thomas Braddell, Death 19 September 1891, England

The death of Mr. Thomas Braddell, C.M.G., late Attorney-General of the Straits Settlements, is reported as having occurred in England on the 19th inst. Mr. Braddell had reached the 70th year of his age. His many friends in the Colony will learn of his demise with sincere regret. It may not be generally known that Mr. Braddell originally came here from the West Indies and commenced his career as a planter in Province Wellesley. He then joined the Police Force of the East India Company, and taking to the study of law finally worked his way up to the Attorney-Generalship.

[Pinang Gazette and Straits Chronicle, 24 September 1891, Page 5]

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Son of S. A. Seth, Birth 14 March 1843, Singapore

Births. At Singapore, on Tuesday the 14th instant, Mrs S. A. Seth, of a Son.

[The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1835-1869), 16 March 1843, Page 3]

Son of G. D Galastaun, Birth 9 March 1843, Singapore

Births. At Singapore, at the Residence of Mrs. M. A. Seth, on Thursday the 9th instant, the Lady of G. D. Galastaun, Esq., of Penang, of a Son.

[The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1835-1869), 16 March 1843, Page 3]

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Janet Wallace and Reginald Frederick Hall, Marriage 5 October 1839, Penang

Marriage. On the 5th October, Reginald Frederick Hall, Esq., to Janet, only daughter of the late William Morrison Walker Wallace, of Penang, Prince of Wales Island. Source: Parbury's oriental herald and colonial intelligencer 1839, Page 258

Boey Ah Sam, Death 25, December 1913, Singapore

Death. On December 25, at his son's (Boey Chuan Poh's) residence, Eng Ho House, 46, Cairn Hill Road, Singapore, Boey Ah Sam, aged 85.

Source: The Straits Times, 27 December 1913, Page 8

Monday, June 17, 2013

Anthony Stephen Anthony, Death 23 August 1920, London

Death. On the 23rd August 1920, in London, Anthony Stephen Anthony, senior partner of Messrs. A. A. Anthony & Co., Penang, aged 49 years.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 27 August 1920, Page 6

Simeon Josephs, 6 December 1883, Singapore

Death. At Belmont, Wilkie Road, on the 6th December, Mr. Simeon Josephs, aged 58 years. Penang papers please copy.

Source: The Straits Times, 6 December 1883, Page 2

Henry Hilary Peterson, Death 29 January 1906, Penang

Death. On 29th January, at Burmah Road, Penang, Henry Hilary Peterson, aged 77 years and 19 days.

Source: The Straits Times, 5 February 1906, Page 4

Yeo Peck Lian (Mrs. Lim Thian Hock), Death 7 April 1925, Singapore

Death. Mrs. Lim Thian Hock (nee Yeo Peck Lian), daughter of Mr. Yeo Beng Swee of Penang, on April 7, 1925, at 10, Amber Road. Funeral 10 a.m. tomorrow. (Penang papers please copy).

Source: The Straits Times, 8 April 1925, Page 8

Josephine Rozells, Death March 1925, Penang

The death of Josephine, wife of Capt. J. Gully of the Sri Muar and sister of Mr. F. Rozells, market inspector, Penang, occurred on Monday morning at her residence, 24 Chow Thye Road, Penang.

Source: The Straits Times, 20 March 1925, Page 8

Katie Kozer (nee Anthony), Death 22 June 1924, London

Death. At June 22, Chelsea Park-gardens, S.W.3, Katie Tozer, third daughter of J. M. Anthony, Penang.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 19 July 1924, Page 8

Edith Maud Dawson (Mrs.), Death 21 September, Penang

Death. On 21st inst. at Penang, Edith Maud, beloved wife of Mr. R. M. Dawson, Manager, Kota Bahroe Estate, Perak.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 26 September 1924, Page 6

Malcolm Lynden Wynne Lloyd, Death 2 October 1919, Penang

Death. At Penang General Hospital, on the 2nd October, Malcolm Lynden Wynne Lloyd, of Bagan Datoh Estate, Telok Anson.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 7 October 1919, Page 6

John (Jack) Ronald Latham, Death 31 December 1911, Penang

Death. On the night of Saturday, Dec. 31st, at the Penang General Hospital, John (Jack) Ronald Latham.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 3 January 1911, Page 4

Flora Earl (Mrs.), Death 29 October 1917, Penang

Death. Earl. At the E. & O. Hotel, Penang on Saturday, 29th instant, Flora, widow of Percy William Earl.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 4 October 1917, Page 209

Charles John Irving, Death 23 February 1917, Devon

Death. At Exmouth, England, on 23rd February, Charles John Irving, C.M.G., aged 86, late Resident Councillor, Penang.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 12 March 1917, Page 4

Laurence (Laurie) Combe Brown, Death 19 June 1930, Penang

Death. At the General Hospital, Penang on Thursday, June 19, Laurence (Laurie) Combe Brown, in his 79th year.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 23 June 1930, Page 10

Wolf Horn, 23 March 1900, Penang

Death. At Penang on the 23rd March, Wolf Horn, proprietor, Grand Hotel.

Source: The Straits Times, 26 March 1900, Page 2

Daniel John Baird, Death 7 December 1914, Penang

Death. On December 7, in Penang hospital, Daniel John Baird, of Dumbarton, Scotland.

Source: The Straits Times, 10 December 1914, Page 8

Gemma Boey Hood Sung, Death 16 January 1951, Penang

Death. Gemma Boey Hood Sung passed away at Penang Mission Hospital 16.1.51.

Source: The Straits Times, 17 January 1951, Page 6

John Whitham, Death 23 November, Penang

Death. Whitham. On November 23, ad the General Hospital, Penang, John Whitham.

Source: The Straits Times, 25 November 1912, Page 8

Harriet Waller (Mrs.), Death 1 January 1870, Penang

Death. At Bachelor's Hall, Penang, on the 1st inst. Harriet, relict of the late George Waller, Esq., R. N., aged 63 years.

Source: The Straits Times, 15 January 1870, Page 1

V. H. S. Charlwood, Death 24 March 1904, Penang

Death. Charlwood. On the 24th March, at Mayfield, Penang, V. H. S. Charlwood.

Source: The Straits Times, 25 March 1904, Page 4

Camille Bridget O'Flaherty (Mrs.), Death 10 August 1906, Penang

Death. O'Flaherty. At Penang. on August 10th Mrs Camille Bridget O'Flaherty, aged 64 years.

Source: The Straits Times, 14 August 1906, Page 4

C. Hendricks (Mrs.), Death 8 December 1957, Penang

Death. Mrs. C. Hendricks on December 8th at the Penang Convent.

Source: The Straits Times, 10 December 1957, Page 8

Chan Tak Hor, Death 11 January 1956, Penang

Mr. Chan Tak Hor passed  away peacefully at Penang General Hospital at 12.30 p.m. on Jan 11 1956. Funeral from 10, Dunn Road, Penang, at 4.30 p.m. today for interment at Western Road Cemetery. Source: The Singapore Free Press, 12 January 1956, Page 16

Jacob J. Jambu, Death 2 July 1884, Singapore

Death.

At Middle Road, on the 2nd July, Jacob J. Jambu. Penang and Calcutta papers please copy.

Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 2 July 1884, Page 1

Jacobina D'Souza (Mrs.), Death 27 June 1884, Singapore

Death.

At Manila Street, on the 27th June, Jacobina, the beloved wife of Francisco D'Souza, aged 49 years.

Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 2 July 1884, Page 1

Elizabeth Jospehs (Mrs.), Death 4 May 1884, Singapore

Death. On the 4th May, at 12.15 a.m. at Belmont, No 1 Wilkie Road, Singapore, Elizabeth Jospehs, aged 52 years, the relict of the late Simeon Josephs. Penang papers please copy.

Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 7 May 1884, Page 1

Edith G. Merrylees, Death 12 May 1909, Penang

Death. At "Runnymede," Penang, on May 12, Edith G. Merrylees, aged 45 years.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 18 May 1909, Page 4

John Jones, Death October 1920, Penang

Death. At Penang, John Jones, Tronoh Mines, Ipoh, aged 54.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 18 October 1920, Page 6

Esmeralda Desker (Mrs.), Death 11 January 1890, Singapore

Death. On Saturday the 11th January at Sirangoon Road, Esmeralda, the beloved wife of Mr. H. F. Desker. Penang and Indian papers please copy.

Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 20 January 1890, Page 1

B.Douglas (Mrs.), Death 17 September 1887, Negri Sembilan

Death.

At Seramban, Sungei Ujong, on the 17th September, at 12.25 a.m., Mrs. B. Douglas, aged 58 years and 28 days.

Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 21 September 1887, Page 1

Joseph Jackson Nicholson, Death 10 September 1887, Penang

Death. On the 10th instant at Penang, Joseph Jackson Nicholson, late Assistant Master, Penang Free School.

Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 21 September 1887, Page 1

Carl Eduard Funcke, Death 26 August 1887, Sulu

Death. On the 26th August at Gomantong, Sooloo, Carl Eduard Funcke, of Laake, Hagen-Elipe, Germany, aged 40 years. Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 21 September 1887, Page 1

Denis Emily D'Souza (Mrs.), Death 30 September 1886, Singapore

Death. At Queen Street, on the 30th September, Denis Emily, the beloved wife of Adrian Francis D'Souza, aged 26 years. Penang paper please copy.

Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 6 October 1886, Page 1

Alice Constance Stewart (Mrs.), Death 20 June 1891, Singapore

DEATH. At Princep Street on the 20th instant, Alice Constance, the beloved wife of H. C. Stewart, aged 21 years. Penang papers please copy.

Source: Daily Advertiser, 22 June 1891, Page 2

Alexander Horatio Stephens, Death 21 September 1902, Penang

Death. At Penang, suddenly on 21st instant, Alexander Horatio Stephens, of MacAlister & Co., Singapore and Penang, aged 34 years.

Source: The Straits Times, 22 September 1902, Page 4

Richard. G. Jambu, Death 12 October 1883, Singapore

Death. On the 12th October, Richard. G. Jambu, aged 42 years. Penang and Calcutta papers please copy.

Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 20 October 1883, Page 1

J. B. Quays, Death 22 December 1883, Penang

Death. At George Town, Penang, on the 22nd Dec., J. B. Quays, formerly of Singapore.

Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 29 December 1883, Page 1

Wee Lian Kee (Mrs.Oh Teow Suan), Death 15 November 1951, Singapore

Death.

Mrs. Oh Teow Suan nee Wee Lian Kee passed away on 15.11.51 at 11.30 p.m. at 34Ean Kiam Place, leaving behind her beloved husband, one son Joh Oh Meng Yew, one daughter-in-law Ooi Guat Hoe and one daughter Jessie Oh to mourn her loss. Funeral on 17.11.51. Cortege leaving house at 4.30 p.m. for Bidadari. Penang and K.L. papers please copy.

Source: The Straits Times, 17 November 1951, Page 6

S. Sivanandam (Mrs. S. Sivagurunathan), Death 16 November 1951, Pahang

Death. S. Sivanandam, beloved wife of Mr. S. Sivagurunathan, Sulaiman School, Bentong, passed away peacefully on 16th November, 1951. Funeral tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Source: The Straits Times, 17 November 1951, Page 6

Allen Henry Bain Dennys (Allen Dennys), Death 23 November 1933, Penang

Allen Dennys Dead. 
Came to Malaya in 1887 
Son of Well-Known Straits Magistrate 
From Our Own Correspondent 
Penang, Nov. 23. 

The death occurred here to-day of Allen Henry Bain Dennys at the age of 63. Mr. Dennys who came to Malaya when he was only 16 years old was born in Scarsdale, New York State, though he was educated in Essex. He came to the colony is 1887 and joined the shipping department of Messrs. Boustead and Co., Singapore, with whom he remained for eight years.

Afterwards he was appointed manager of the Penang branch of Messrs. W. Mansfield and Co., and six years later he joined his brother in the firm of Wooldridge and Co., which he subsequently acquired and changed to Allen Dennys and Co. The new concern became one of the leading firms in Penang. From a small beginning when Dennys conducted the business with only six native clerks the business grew until at one time it employed two Europeans 30 other assistants and several hundred coolies with a fleet of 25 lighters continually employed and godowns capable of storing 14,000 tons of cargo.

In 1920 the firm of Allen Dennys and Co., was acquired by the Borneo Co., with whom Mr. Dennys remained until 1924 when he re-established his own business at Penang under the style of A. Dennys.

In 1900 Mr. Dennys married Blanche Josephine, youngest daughter of Lieut.-Col. G. Roche Kettlewell of the Bengal Staff and grand-daughter of General J. W. Kettlewell, R. A.

Famous Father 

The father of Mr.Allen Dennys, Dr. Nicholas Belfield Dennys, was one of the best known men in the public life of the Straits Settlements. He began his career in the Civil Department of the British Navy in 1855 and was present at the bombardment of Sveaborg. In 1863 he joined the Consular Service in China but resigned to become proprietor and editor of the China Mail, Hong Kong.

In 1877 he was appointed Assistant Protector of the Chinese at Singapore and later served successively as Police, Third, Second and First Magistrate and Commissioner of the Court of Requests in Singapore and at Province Wellesley. During his stay in Singapore he was secretary, librarian and honorary curator of Raffles Museum. A few years later he went to Kinta and the Borneo. He died in a Hong Kong hospital in 1900.

Mr. Allen Dennys died after a protracted illness, in the General Hospital. He had been suffering for many years with a bad throat and his voice had become affected.

Deceased leaves a widow and several children. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning.

In his younger days Mr.Dennys was a noted athlete, excelling in the hurdles, in which he was champion for many years.

As a mark of respect his firm closed at one o'clock to-day.

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 24 November 1933, Page 2

DEATH OF MALAYAN PIONEER. 
Mr. Allen Dennys. 
46 YEARS IN THE COUNTRY. 
(From Our Own Correspondent.) 

Penang, Nov. 23. The death occurred here In the general hospital today of Mr. Allen Dennys, at the age of 63, after a protracted illness. He leaves a widow and several children. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning. /In his younger days Mr Dennys was a noted athlete, excelling in the hurdles, in which he was champion for many years.

As a mark of respect his firm closed at one o'clock today.

Mr. Dennys who came to Malaya when he was only 16 years old was born in Scarsdale, New York State, though he was educated in Essex. He came to the Colony in 1887 and joined the shipping department of Messrs. Boustead and Co., Singapore, with whom he remained for eight years.

Afterwards he was appointed manager of the Penang branch of Messrs. W. Mansfield and Co., and six years later he joined his brother in the firm of Wooldridge and Co., which he subsequently acquired and changed to Allen Dennys and Co. The new concern became one of the leading firms in Penang. From a small beginning when Dennys conducted the business with only six native clerks the business grew until at one time it employed two Europeans 30 other assistants and several hundred coolies with a fleet of 25 lighters continually employed and godowns capable of storing 14,000 tons of cargo.

Father's Career. 

In 1920 In 1920 the firm of Allen Dennys and Co., was acquired by the Borneo Co., with whom Mr. Dennys remained until 1924 when he re-established his own business at Penang under the style of A. Dennys.

In 1900 Mr. Dennys married Blanche Josephine, youngest daughter of Lieut.-Col. G. Roche Kettlewell of the Bengal Staff and grand-daughter of General J. W. Kettlewell, R. A.

The father of Mr.Allen Dennys, Dr. Nicholas Belfield Dennys, was one of the best known men in the public life of the Straits Settlements. He began his career in the Civil Department of the British Navy in 1855 and was present at the bombardment of Sveaborg. In 1863 he joined the Consular Service in China but resigned to become proprietor and editor of the China Mail, Hong Kong.

In 1877 he was appointed Assistant Protector of the Chinese at Singapore and later served successively as Police, Third, Second and First Magistrate and Commissioner of the Court of Requests in Singapore and at Province Wellesley. During his stay in Singapore he was secretary, librarian and honorary curator of Raffles Museum. A few years later he went to Kinta and the Borneo. He died in a Hong Kong hospital in 1900.

Unable to Speak. 

Mr. Allen Dennys was among the most regular frequenters of the billiard room at the Penang Club where he often took a cue at Russian pool.

In  consequence of an operation undergone some years ago, Mr. Dennys was unable to speak, but he was not (as many supposed) in any way deaf. Despite this handicap which might have driven many a man into semi-solitude, Mr. Dennys was to be seen everywhere - at the races, at cricket and football matches and at any social function.

Having lived in Penang almost as long as any European resident he was well known to business communities of all nationalities among whom he numbered a great many friends.

Source: The Straits Times, 24 November 1933, Page 12

Mr. Allen Dennys. 
Funeral of Malayan Pioneer. 
(From Our Own Correspondent) 
Penang, Nov. 24. 

The funeral of Mr. Allen Dennys this morning was largely attended. The Rev. Colin King took the service both at the chapel and the graveside. A brother (Mr. S. F. Dennys), a son, a son-in-law (Mr. Corker Williams), Mr. H. S. Russell, Mr. T. S. Anthony, and Mr. B. W. Allen, acted as pall-bearers. The principal mourners were the widow, daughter, son and a brother. Among others present were Mr. A. M. Goodman (Resident Councillor).

Source: The Straits Times, 25 November 1933, Page 13

Ong Leng Hoon, Death 5 October 1940, Singapore

Death. Ong Leng Hoon passed away peacefully last night at 12 Kim Yam Road at the age of 63. He leaves two wives and two sons, Ong Kek Bee and Ong Chan Bee. Funeral on Monday 7th instant at 10.30 a.m. to family Burial Ground. Deeply regretted.

Source: The Straits Times, 5 October 1940, Page 2

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Wong Kim Lian (Mrs. Chung Vooi), Death 15 June 1959, Petaling Jaya

Death. Madam Wong Kim Lian, aged 75, widow of Chung Vooi, at Rd. 6/14 No. 3 Petaling Jaya, 15.6.59, beloved mother of Chung Siew Pak, Mrs. Tan Kim Cheng, Mrs. Yap Pow Wai. Funeral 16.6.59 cortege leaving above address 2 p.m.

Source: The Straits Times, 16 June 1959, Page 14

Tan Liang Neo (Mrs. Yap Mah Twah), Death 21 April 1926, Singapore

DEATH

Mrs. Tan Liang Neo, wife of late Yap Mah Twah, passed away on Wednesday, 21st inst., at the age of 74, at her residece No. 160, Bencoolen Street. She leaves behind to mourn her loss one son, Yap Sye Kong; four sons-in-law, Chua Kok Tye, Soe Boo Ee, Wee Leong Wan and Ho Kim Chuan; five daughters; one daughter-in-law; 26 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral at 10 a.m. on Sunday April 25, 1926, to Sang Kow Tniah Burial Ground, Alexandra Road. Deeply regretted.

Source: The Straits Times, 22 April 1926, Page 8

Cherang Goh Neo (Mrs. Tan Swee Hong), Death 1 May 1926, Singapore

DEATH

CHEANG GOH NEO, the wife of Mr. Tan Swee Hong and the only sister of the late Mr. Cheang Hong Lim, died at 5 p.m. on May 1, 1926, at 159, Havelcck Road. Aged 77. She left two sons Tan Hock Seng and Tan Hock Kee, one daughter, and twenty grandchildren to mourn for her. Funeral on Wednesday, May 5, at 10 a.m. Siang Kwo Tiah.

Source: The Straits Times, 4 May 1926, Page 8

Messrs Tan Swee Hong, Tan Hock Seng, Tan Hock Kee and family beg to thank their relatives and friends for their kind assistance and attendance at the funeral of Mrs. Tan Swee Hong nee Cheang Goh Neo, on May 5 1926, and also those who sent scrolls, wreaths and letters of condolence.

Source: The Straits Times, 7 May 1926, Page 8

Tan Swee Hong, Death July 1927, Singapore

In the death last Saturday of Mr. Tan Swee Hong, at the age of 87 years, the Straits Chinese Community of Singapore has perhaps lost its doyen. He came from Penang, and for many years was employed in the local branch of the Borneo Company and afterwards joined the Siamese Consulate General as Secretary to the late Mr. Tan Kim Cheng. He married a sister of the late Mr. Chiang hong Lim, the well-known Chinese millionaire of Singapore, by whom he is survived, with one daughter and two sons.

Source: The Straits Times, 18 July 1927, Page 8

Messrs. Tan Hock Seng, Tan Hock Kee and family beg to thank all relatives and friends who attended the funeral of the late Mr. Tan Swee Hong, and those who sent wreaths, scrolls and letters of condolence in their sad bereavement. Bangkok, Rangoon and Penang papers please copy.

Source: The Straits Times, 23 July 1927, Page 8

Tan Seok Chye (Mrs. Wan Kim Toon), Deagth July 1927, Singapore

Acknowledgement.

Mr. and Mrs. Tan Kim Tye and family beg to thank their relatives, friends and members of the Sunlight Mess who so kindly attended the funeral of the late Madam Tan Seok Chye Neo (Mrs. Wan Kim Toon) , and also those who sent wreaths.

Source: The Straits Times, 23 July 1927, Page 8

Florence Nesamah Gurusamy (Mrs.), Death 16 March 1954, Perak

Death.

Gurusamy at Ipoh 16/3/54. Florence Nesamah Gurusamy beloved wife of R. J. Gurusamy. Funeral at 9.30 a.m. 18/3/54 at Kuala Lumpur.

Source: The Straits Times, 18 March 1954, Page 6

Seet Boe Liat, Death 17 August 1921, Singapore

Death. Seet. On August 17, 1921, at his residence No. 176, Tanjong Pagar Road, Mr. Seet Boe Liat. Aged 71 years. He left a widow, four sons, Messrs. Seet Cheng Hee, Seet Cheng Lin, Seet Cheng Swee and Seet Cheng Tuan and several grand children to mourn his loss. Funeral on August 21, at 11 a.m. at Alexander Road Cemetery. Penang and F.M.S. papers please copy. Source: The Straits Times, 18 August 1921, Page 6

Goh Keng Hock (Mrs.), Death 17 August 1921, Singapore

Death. Goh. On August 17, 1921, at 52-3, Kerbau Road, Mrs. Goh Keng Hock, beloved mother of Messrs, Goh Lai Hee, M.A., Goh Lai Seah and Goh Lai Kang. Date of funeral to be announced later.

Source: The Straits Times, 18 August 1921, Page 6

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Khoo Kheng Imm (Mrs. Kee Hup Keng), Death 20 March 1956, Penang

Death. Mrs. Kee Hup Keng (nee Madam Khoo Kheng Imm) aged 67 passed away peacefully on 20.3.56 at 605 Dato Kramat Road, Penang. Funeral will take place at 10 a.m. sharp on Saturday 24.3.56 for interment at the Kee family burial ground at Sungei Bakap, P.W.

Source: The Straits Times, 22 March 1956, Page 6

Tay Kwee Lan (Mrs. Low Yee Oh), Death 4 June 1956, Kuala Lumpur

DEATHS.

Mrs. Low Yee Oh (nee Tay Kwee Lan) beloved wife of Mr.Low Yee Oh, teacher in M.B.S., Kuala Lumpur and most cherished mother of Low Hun Ming, Low Hun Khing, Low Hun Khoong, Low Hun Kiat, Low Hun Kooi, passed away on 4.6.56 funeral from 46, Birch Road at 2 p.m. on Wednesday 6.6.56 for Chinese Cemetery.

Source: The Straits Times, 6 June 1956, Page 8

Yap Kok Cheng, Death 4 June 1956, Perak

DEATHS

MR YAP KOK CHENG passed away peacefully on 4.6.56 at 10.20 p.m. aged 56, leaving behind his bereaved wife, three sons, six daughters, two daughters-in-law and many Grandchildren. Funeral 9 a.m. 7.6.56 from 25-A Kuala Kangsar Road, Ipoh for Batu Gantong Burial Ground. Penang, according to Buddhist Rites.

Source: The Straits Times, 6 June 1956, Page 8

Claude de Souza, Death October 1930, Singapore

The death has occurred in the General Hospital of Mr. Claude de Souza late of the Government Audit Office.

Source: The Straits Times, 20 October 1930, Page 12

Emile Sausseau, Death October 1930, Penang

FATHER SAUSSEAU. 
Many People Present at His Funeral. 
(From Our Own Correspondent.) 
Penang, Oct. 20.

The funeral took place at St, Xavier's church on Saturday evening of the Rev. Emile Sausseau, president of the Penang St. Xavier's Association, who died on Friday after a long illness at the age of 54.

Father Cardon, of Taiping took the service. There were many people present including Fathers Pages, Devals, Seet, Aloysius, de Souza, Ribau, Renard, Sijdenaire, Moryean, Rouhan and Belet, brother Paul, the mother superior and several sisters.

Many wreaths were sent.

Source: The Straits Times, 20 October 1930, Page 12

Ruby Maragatham, Death 12 May 1957, Perak

Death.

Miss Ruby Maragatham, Perak Medical Pensioner, died on 12-5-57 at 9.30 p.m., at Batu Gajah Hospital, leaving her sisters Lingga and Birdie and nieces Toney, Doris, Grace, Ruby and Lily to mourn her loss.

Source: The Straits Times, 23 May 1957, Page 8

Tan Kuan Hoo, Death 22 May 1957, Singapore

Death.

Tan Kuan Hoo, 81 years on 22.5.57 leaving behind his beloved wife, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 4 daughters-in-law, 4 sons-in-law & 32 grandchildren. Funeral leaves 3, Bukit Teresa Road, on Sunday (25-5-57).

Source: The Straits Times, 23 May 1957, Page 8

Andrew Ee, Death 22 May 1957, Singapore

Andrew Ee passed away peacefully 22.5.57. Funeral 23.5.57 from 45 Marshall Road 4.45 p.m. to Queen of Peace Church. Penang Papers please copy.

Source: The Straits Times, 23 May 1957, Page 8

William Henry Scully, Death 11 March 1940, Singapore

DEATH OF FORMER PENANG CRICKETER 

THE DEATH took place yesterday of Mr. William Henry Scully, aged 57 years, at his residence in Jansen Road, Singapore. He was a former Penang State cricketer and lived for many years in Penang, where he was employed by the Harbour Board. 

Mr. Scully came to Singapore recently. He leaves three daughters and two sons in Penang and a widow and one son in Singapore. 

The funeral service will be held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd at 5 p.m. to-day, and the interment will be at Bidadari Cemetery later. 

Source: The Straits Times, 12 March 1940, Page 11 

Grace Elvira Caunter, Death September 1936, Penang

MISS G.E. CAUNTER 
Death Of Member Of Famous Penang Family 
(From Our Own Correspondent.) 
Penang, Saturday. 

THE death took place on Friday night of Miss Grace Elvira Caunter, a member of the famous Penang family who owned Suffolk House, Penang, at the age of 81 after a short illness. Until recently she had kept her health in a remarkable manner.

She was one of four sisters, two of whom predeceased her in Penang. The other, Mrs. Paddan, is living in England.

The funeral took place this evening at the Western Road cemetery, the Rev. Collin King taking the services.

Source: The Straits Times, 27 September 1936, Page 1

John Da Silva, Death April 1907, Singapore

THE LATE MR JOHN DA SILVA.

The death took place on Wednesday night of Mr. John Da Silva at the comparatively early age of 55. The late Mr. Da Silva was well known in Singapore and Penang. His eldest son was one of the Rafflesians who won a Queen's Scholarship. He has also adopted Journalism as a profession and is Sub-Editor of the Straits Echo. Two of his daughters have also done well in the local Cambridge Examinations. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Bukit Timah Road, and was largely attended.

Source: Eastern Daily Mail and Straits Morning Advertiser, 12 April 1907, Page 3

Saw Soon Choo (Mrs.), Death October 1963, Penang

8,000 at funeral of Penang leader's mother

PENANG, Sun. Five thousand pupils from 14 Chinese schools were among the 8,000 people who attended the funeral today of Mrs. Saw Soon Choo, 101-year-old mother of Penang Alliance chairman and MCA president, Mr. Saw Seng Kew.

The two-mile procession was watched by about 30,000 spectators who flocked to all vantage points along the route starting from the Gurney Drive mansion of Mrs. Saw's elder son, Mr. Saw Choo Theng, chairman of the United Malayan Bank.

It was the biggest funeral in Penang since the war.

The procession, headed by Senator Cheah Seng Khim, chairman of the funeral committee, comprised 35 sections with the Chung Ling band playing funeral marches.

Decorated car

The 5,000 pupils included 1,800 from Chung Ling, 700 from the Chinese Girls' High School and 570 from Phor Tay School.

Penang MCA and its youth section also sent representatives.

Hundreds of scrolls and wreaths were received. The scrolls were transported in a fleet of trishas and the wreaths were carried by schoolchildren.

A decorated car with a portrait of Mrs. Saw and a Rolls-Royce carrying a high priest chanting prayers preceded the hearse. The Prime Minister, Tengku Abdul Rahman, the Deputy Premier, Tun Abdul Razak, the MCA national president and Finance Minister, Mr. Tan Siew Sin, and the Health Minister Inche Rahman Talib, were among those who sent wreaths or condolences.

In memory of their mother, the Saw brothers are donating $10,000 each to the proposed home for the chronically-ill and aged destitutes and the Lam Wah Ee hospital-home for old folks.

Source: The Straits Times, 21 October 1963, Page 6

Tan Hock Ann (Mrs.), Death 17 February 1958, Singapore

MRS. TAN HOCK ANN, aged 67, of 12 Barrack Road, Penang, passed away peacefully early on Monday 17th February 1958 at the General Hospital Singapore. Funeral will take place in Penang on Friday 21st February 1958, cortege leaving for Western Road Cemetery at 4.30 p.m. from her home. Up country papers please copy.

Source: The Straits Times, 18 February 1958, Page 8

H. W. Gachnang, Death 14 April 1958, Penang

Hotel man 
buried 

PENANG. Mon.— The funeral of Mr. H. W. Gachnang manager of the E and O Hotel here, took place this afternoon. He was buried at the Western Road cemetery

Mr. Gachnang. who was 63, died in Penang General Hospital yesterday.

He served In Singapore for several years after the war as manager for the Cathay Restaurant and steward of the Singapore Club.

Source: The Straits Times, 15 April 1958, Page 7

Khoo Soon Chee, Death March 1952, Penang

Lawyers pay tribute 

PENANG, Thurs. Many Penang lawyers attended the funeral today of Mr. Khoo Soon Chee, lawyer brother of the Federal Member for Health. Dr. Lee Tiang Keng.

Followed by a long procession of cars, the hearse was taken along a 10-mile route from Mr. Khoo's home in Tanjong Bungah to Kek Lok Si temple, Ayer Itam, for the cremation.

Mr. Khoo's eldest son Dr. Khoo Kee Seang, flew from Hong Kong to attend.

Source: The Straits Times, 14 March 1952, Page 5

T. J. Williams, Death 21 November 1932, Penang

MR. T. J. WILLIAMS. 
Death of Penang 
Journalist. 
(From Our Own Correspondent.) 
Penang, Nov. 21. 

The death occurred at one o'clock today of Mr. T. J. Williams, of the editorial staff of the Straits Echo. He had been in ill-health for a long time.

Deceased was very popular, especially among th Chinese community, and was a keen volunteer and a good all-round sportsman in his younger days. He leaves a widow and several children. The funeral takes place tomorrow evening.

Source: The Straits Times, 22 November 1932, Page 12

Ewen S. MacPhee (Dr.), Death 14 December 1932, Penang

DR. MACPHEE. 
Sudden Death Of Serdang 
Medical Officer. 
(From Our Own Correspondent.) 
Penang, Dec. 15. 

The death occurred suddenly yesterday at the Penang General Hospital of Dr. Ewen S. MacPhee, medical officer to the Serdang group hospital, South Kedah. Deceased, who was 42, was admitted to hospital here last Sunday.

The funeral took place yesterday, the Rev. Keppel Garnier officiating. A large number of wreath was sent.

Source: The Straits Times, 16 December 1932, Page 11

G. R. Crisp, Death January 1932, Penang

MR. G. R. CRISP. 
Death in Penang at Early 
Age of 37. 
(From Our Own Correspondent) 
Penang, Jan. 25. 

The death took place on Saturday afternoon of Mr. G. R. Crisp, lately manager here of Messrs. Sandilands, Buttery and Co. Mr. Crisp, who was 37 years of age, joined Sandilands, Buttery in 1916. Last October he took up an appointment as accountant to Pattani Tin, Siam.

The funeral took place yesterday morning.

Source: The Straits Times, 25 January 1932, Page 17

Rev. Brother Hubert, Death January 1941, Penang

CHRISTIAN BROTHER 
DIES IN PENANG 
(From Our Own Correspondent) 
Penang, Jan. 29. 

The death took place on Monday of Rev. Brother Hubert after a prolonged illness.

The funeral took place the same afternoon, Rev. Father Souhalt officiating both at the chapel and graveside.

Brother Hubert was born in County Cork, Eire and was 30 years of age. Several of his brothers are serving with the British Forces.

Source: The Straits Times, 29 January 1941, Page 10

Prosper Liston (Mrs.), Death 7 September 1922, Penang

Death of Mrs. Liston.

Our Penang correspondent reports the death yesterday of Mrs. Liston, the wife of Dr. Prosper Liston of Penang. The deceased died suddenly from a clot of blood on the brain. The late Mrs. Liston was a well known figure in social circles and the president of the Penang Ladies Rifle Club. The funeral takes place to-day and therefore the Penang club dance has been cancelled.

Source: The Straits Times, 8 September 1922, Page 9

Saik Hwa Tee, Death August 1949, Penang

8,000 MOURN 
CHIEF ABBOT 
From Our Staff Correspondent 
PENANG, Sun. 

Eight thousand mourning Buddhists wearing black bands and chanting prayers formed a solemn procession at the funeral today of the Reverend Saik Hwa Tee, Chief Abbot of the Penang Buddhist Association.

Watched by thousands of spectators who lined the streets, the procession covered a two-mile route through the principal streets of the town.

Priests from Singapore, Malacca, Perak and other towns joined in the procession and the services.

Source: The Straits Times, 22 August 1949, Page 5

Helen Lim Ean Kwee and Cheam Tat Eng, Marriage 17 May 1966, Singapore

MARRIAGE. /Between Dr. Cheam Tat Eng, third son of Mr. & Mrs. Cheam Tow Chew and Miss Helen Lim Ean Kwee, sister of Mr. Lim Chin Boo on 17-5-66 at the Singapore Marriage Registry.

Source: The Straits Times, 18 May 1966, Page 18

Lee Hong Cheang, Death May 1966, Penang

THE FUNERAL OF the late Mr. Lee Hong Cheang will take place from his residence, No. 21, Ayer Rajah Road, Penang, On Friday 20th May, 1966, at 10.30 a.m. Instead of scrolls, roast pigs, wreaths etc., friends and relatives are requested to send donations for eventual distribution to various charities to the cashier, Straits Echo, Penang.

Source: The Straits Times, 18 May 1966, Page 18

F. V. Curreem (Mrs.), Death 17 May 1966, Singapore

DEATHS.

MRS. F. V. CURREEM passed away peacefully on 17-5-66. Cortege leaving G-27 Lorong Limau 3.00 p.m. 18-5-66 for Muslim Cemetery.

Source: The Straits Times, 18 May 1966, Page 18

W. B. Hendry, Death January 1934, Penang

HEART ATTACK.
SUDDEN DEATH OF PENANG
ENGINEER.
(From Our Own Correspondent.)
Penang, Jan. 4.

The death has occurred of Mr. W.B. Hendry, shift engineer at the Prai power station, Municipal electric supply department. Mr.Hendry was apparently in the best of health on Tuesday evening and played tennis, but later succumbed to a heart attack.

He leaves a widow and one child.

The funeral was largely attended by colleagues of the Municipality. The Rev. E. T. Loader took the service.

Source: The Straits Times, 5 January 1934, Page 12

Rankin, Death October 1919, Penang

PENANG NOTES. 
(From Our Own Correspondent.) 
Penang, October 28. 

The late Mr. Rankin's body has been recovered and the funeral at Parit Buntar, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Ross, was largely attended by planters and friends.

Source: The Straits Times, 29 October 1919, Page 9

Simon Frederick Aeria, Death February 1937, Penang

EURASIAN VETERAN. 
Leader Of Penang 
Community Dead. 
(From Our Own Correspondent) 
Penang Today.

The death occurred this morning at his residence in Burmah Road of Mr. Simon Frederick Aeria, Justice of the Peace, at the age of 79. He served Government 40 years retiring from the post of Financial Assistant, Police - a prize appointment. He was President of the Eurasian Association and the Penang Recreation Club and leaves four sons and three daughters. The funeral is this evening.

Source: The Straits Times, 4 February 1937, Page 12

W. H. Scully (Mrs.), Death 7 October 1937, Penang

MRS. W. H. SCULLY: 
DEATH AT PENANG. 
(From Our Own Correspondent) 
Penang, Oct. 7.

THE death occurred today at her residence in Peel Avenue of Mrs. W. H. Scully, wife of the former State cricketer at the age of 51, following a short illness.

She leaves a husband, three sons, two daughters and two grandchildren.

The funeral took place this evening at the Western Road Cemetery.

Source: The Straits Times, 9 October 1937, Page 13

V. R. Scully, Death November 1911, Penang

THE LATE MR. SCULLY.
(From Our Own Correspondent.)
Penang, December 1. 

Owing to the death of Mr. V. R. Scully, the International Rugby football match was postponed.

The funeral took place at the Roman Catholic cemetery, the Rev. L. M. Duvell officiating. There were over a hundred people present including the Rev. F. W. Haines, Messrs. Dane, Nicholas, Whittle, Kertz, Macbain and Hamilton (Secretary of the Penang Cricket Club) and a large number of planters.

The Straits Times, 1 December 1911, Page 7

Norsah bin Mydinsa, Death July 1964, Penang

Headman of mukim dies at 78

PENANG. Tues. The headman of mukim Jalan Hatin, Inche Norsah bin Mydinsa, died suddenly today at the age of 78.

Inche Norsah suffered a stroke at the home of his nephew, Inche Yusoff Latiff, the Penang Umno division secretary, in Seremban Lane.

His funeral took place this evening and was attended by a large crowd including several Umno officials.

Source: The Straits Times, 22 July 1964, Page 9

V. Arumugam, Death 11 June 1939, Penang

34 YEARS IN RAILWAYS 
(From Our Own Correspondent)
Penang, June 12. 

THE death of Mr. V. Arumugam, retired station superintendent, F.M.S. Railways, took place yesterday at the residence of his son-in-law, Dr. K. Ponniah, In Perak Road, Penang. Deceased had been ill for some time. He was 68 years of age and retired in 1928 after 34 years' service with the F.M.S. Railways.

He leaves a widow, two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren./The funeral took place this evening.

Source: The Straits Times, 14 June 1939, Page 17

Friday, June 14, 2013

George Raymond Phipps, Death 1 February 1957, Penang

OBITUARY

PHIPPS: George. Raymond, beloved husband of Eileen, at General Hospital, Penang, on February 1.

Funeral same evening.

The Straits Times, 2 February 1957, Page 6

William H. Esson, Death July 1948, Penang

FUNERAL OF MR. W.H. ESSON

PENANG, Mon.— The funeral took place at Western Road Cemetery this morning of Mr. W. H. ("Drupp") Esson, director and Penang manager of Boustead and Co. Ltd.

Mr. Esson, who died yesterday in the General Hospital had recently been appointed a Justice of the Peace.

The Archdeacon of Penang (Ven. S. M. Collier) officiated.

The Straits Times, 27 July 1948, Page 7

Emma Henrietta Ogle, Death 17 Oct 1906, Singapore

 Death. On the 17th October, 1906, at Halesworth, Bukit Timah Hoad, Emma Henrietta Ogle. Funeral this evening at 4. .30 p.m. at the Cemetery. Penang Papers please copy.

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 18 October 1906, Page 4


Cecil Clementi Scott (C. C. Scott), Death 29 July 1952, Penang

DEATH

SCOTT: Cecil Clementi, late bandmaster, Penang Municipal Band, at Penang on 29.7.52. Funeral, Western Road Cemetery today at 5 p.m. Deeply regretted.

Source: Source: The Straits Times, 30 July 1952, Page 7

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lam Looking, Death 1 June 1937, Ipoh

DEATH OF WEALTHY
PERAK CHINESE.
(From Our Own Correspondent)
Ipoh, June 1.

One of the best-known Chinese in Perak, Mr. Lam Looking died this morning in his 74th year.

Mr. Lam Looking returned home very ill after attending the recent Singapore races, and was recovering, but suffered a relapse. He was a prominent racehorse owner and owned much property in Perak.

Sources:
The Straits Times, 1 June 1937, Page 12
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 2 June 1937, Page 6

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Lam Looking's Career In Two Countries
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN
NAVY BEFORE
BECOMING MINER,
PLANTER, AND
RACEHORSE OWNER
By
Captain Dash

A link with the turf has been severed with the death of Towkay Lam Looking. A laconic announcement of his passing away at Ipoh on Tuesday morning must have caused a shock to sportsmen throughout the country.

Lam Looking was known to most Singapore people as the owner of Nonya Bukit Timah and other racehorses, but that is not all. He was an outstanding character in Chinese circles in Perak, a successful tin miner and rubber planter, besides being a successful racehorse owner.

Towkay Lam Looking was the son of the late Lam To Kai, a prominent citizen of San Wui district, Kwangtung, was born in Penang 74 years ago, and after being educated at the Penang Free School, he went to China and served with distinction in the Chinese Navy spending five years in the Chinese Imperial Naval Arsenal at Foochow. He served as a midshipman in the cruiser Fei Yuen, and rose to the rank of chief lieutenant. During the Franco-Chinese war he was in action in the gunboat On Lan, later being given command of the s.s. Emuy which was chartered during that war for the purpose of carrying ammunitions and supplies to Formosa.

He was created a Mandarin of the Blue Button for these services. Retiring from the Navy he became general manager of a spirit farm on the East Coast of Sumatra and later transferred to the F.M.S., where he took up mining with success, becoming proprietor of the rich Tongsang mines in Kinta. He also interested himself in rubber planting and at the time of his death was the employer of more than 2,000 labourers.

Racing Colours
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A man of many parts, his interest in horse racing dates back to 1929, when he first registered as an owner with the S.R.A., his racing colours being green, red and yellow arm bands.//His first racing success was with Kingsma at the Perak summer race meeting in Ipoh in July, 1930, on the third day of the races. E. Donnelly was the jockey and Mr. F.O.C. O'Neill was then his trainer. This English gelding was greatly fancied on the fourth day and carrying all the money justified the confidence of the punters by repeating his success.//Kingsma brought him other successes, and in the same year he acquired another English gelding named Hatchet Lane who won on the third day of the Perak winter meeting in Ipoh on Nov. 15, 1930, the late Jockey Draman being the rider. Both these horses, trained by Mr. F.O.C. O'Neill were prominent performers in those days and carried Towkay Lam Looking's colours first past the post on several memorable occasions.

Governor's Cup
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In 1933, at the opening of the new course at Bukit Timah, he had Van Breukelen in charge of his stables, and he regisrtered his first win there in the Singapore autumn gold gup meeting with that fine Australian mare Nonya Bukit Timah, who after several fine performances carried off the Governor's Cup in 1935.

That was a memorable event. Towkay Lam Looking led his horse amid muc applause, only to see the red cone go up, denoting that an objection had been raised by Jockey Woods who rode Vedas, for alleged interference. The objection was overruled and Towkay Lam Looking's name will go down to posterity as the winner of one of the principal classics of the Malayan turf.//In that memorable race Lam Looking had another candidate, that fine performer Prohibition, who was placed third, and later won many races, establishing a record on the third day of Selangor summer meeting, June 15, 1935, covering 1 1/4 miles in 2 min. 5-2/5 sec. which still stands as a Malayan record.

Name Empanelled
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Death has removed a notable figure of the Malayan turf. Towkay Lam Looking's name will be remembered for a long time. His name is empanelled on the boards showing the winners of the Governor's Cup at the Bukit Timah grand stand.

He owned a fine string of horses, among them being Gee Up, Celestial, and Reform, and it is indeed a sad blow to racing that the popular colours which his horses carried, notably the red with orange sash, will no more denote that they belong to one of the finest Chinese sportsmen who ever raced horses in Malaya.

Source: The Straits Times, 6 June 1937, Page 23

Heah Seng Hye, Death 12 August 1931, Penang

LOSS TO MALAYAN POLO
Death of Mr. Heah Seng
Hye

[From Our Own Correspondent]

Penang, Aug. 13.

The death occurred in the General Hospital last night, following an operation for appendicitis, of Mr. Heah Seng Hye at the age of 35. Mr. Heah Seng Hye will be greatly missed in Penang polo circles as he was the outstanding local player. He leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter.

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Mr. Heah Seng Hye was the son of Mr. Heah Swee Lee, a well-known Penang business man, (who presented the Swee Lee Polo Cup for competition in Penang) and, in common with his elder brother, Mr. Heah Seng Whatt, had played a prominent part in Malayan polo for several years. Mr. Heah Seng Hye haing been a member of the Penang Polo Club since 1922; he was also a Steward of the Malayan Polo Association. Mr. Seng Hye was a member of the teams which played with the Prince of Wales when he visited Malaya in 1922, and since then has played regularly for the Colony against the Malay States in the Mackray Cup competition, being in the winning Colony team last year.

Educated at St. Xavier's Institution, Penang, he commenced his own business as a merchant inb Penang in 1913.

Source The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 14 August 1931, Page 20

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Mr. Heah Seng Hye
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Death of a Well-Known
Polo Player
(From Our Own Correspondent.)

Penang, Aug. 13.

The death took place in the General Hospital here last night of Mr. Heah Seng Hye, following an operation for appendicitis, at the age of 35.

Mr. Heah Seng Hye was a well-known polo player and had represented the Colony for the past ten years. He was also a popular player in Siam. He frequently visited Johore at the invitation of the Sultan. He played with the Prince of Wales in Kuala Lumpur in 1922. He had been a committee member and honorary treasurer of the Penang Polo Club since 1922. His brother, Mr. Heah Seng Whatt, is also a keen polo player...Mr. Heah Seng Hye was born at Bukit Tambun, Province Wellesley, the son of the late Mr. Heah Swee Lee, J.P. He was educated at St. Xavier's Institution, Penang, and began his own business as a merchant in 1913.

No date has yet been fixed for the funeral which will take place from 23, Northam Road. He leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter.

Source: The Straits Times, 14 August 1931, Page 12

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MR. HEAH SENG HYE.
Large Attendance at His Funeral.
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(From Our Own Correspondent.)
Penang, Aug 18.

The funeral of Mr. Heah Seng Hye, the well-known polo player, took place from his house in Northam Road. There was a large attendance.

Source: The Straits Times, 20 August 1931, Page 17

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wilhelmina Matilda Augusta Diemont, Death 13 November 1908, Penang

Death. At Penang, on the 13th. - Wilhelmina Matilda Augusta Rodyk (nee Diemont) wife of Charles Rodyk. Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 17 November 1908, Page 4

Robert Garling Van Someren, Death 29 Dec 1931, Penang

DEATH OF MR. R. G. VAN SOMEREN.
DOYEN OF THE BAR.
A LINK WITH EARLY MALAYA.

The death occurred in Penang in the early hours of Tuesday morning of Mr. Robert Garling Van Someren, the doyen of the Malayan Bar, at the ripe age of 79. The deceased had been practically bedridden during the last two years, although his intellect remained bright and penetrating till the end. The death of Mr. Van Someren removes one of the most outstanding members of the Malayan Bar in the last half century. In March 1873, (Mr. Roland Braddell states in the course of his article on Law and Crime in One Hundred Years of Singapore) a young man presented himself to the Supreme Court at Penang praying to be examined for admission to the Bar, and, if successful, to be admitted; but his prayer was opposed because he was not yet twenty-one. The Judge, Sir William Hackett, reluctantly held against the young man, but allowed him to be examined, which he was in due course, and, having passed with flying colours and attained full age, he was admitted to the local Bar on May 1st 1873. The young man was Robert Garling Van Someren, until lately the doyen of the local Bar, of whom a fond farewell was taken by his brethren and by the Bench at Penang and at Singapore towards the end of 1918. For forty-five years Mr. Van Someren practiced in the Courts of this Colony, and upheld their highest traditions. No man who was ever practiced in our Courts has ever eared or deserved a higher affection, a higher esteem, or a greater place in its annals. Gifted with a marvellous memory, he scorned notes beyond a few odd jottings on his brief, and to the very last it was a marvel to everyone how a man could store in his brain the knowledge which Mr. Van Someren did. Over and over again the writer has heard questions put to Mr. Van Someren in the Court of Appeal, quite off the particular points which he was arguing, but which he would answer out of the stores of his memory by referring to some case bearing on the question, and frequently by giving the names of the parties and the volume and the page of the report, without referring to note or book; and the writer hardly ever found his references to be wrong. Just before he retired he argued an intricate point in the Court of Appeal, dealing with immovable property, in a way that would have brought the highest credit on a leader of the Bar at the zenity of his powers and his physical strength.

HUNDRED YEARS LINK WITH MALAYA.

Mr. Van Someren was born at Penang on March 15th 1852. His father, Peter Robert Van Someren (who had been born in India, educated in England, and thereafter had returned to India), was persuaded to go to Malacca by a relative, Mr. Samuel Garling, who was Resident Councillor in Malacca. In about 1832 or 1833 Mr. Van Someren's father was placed in charge of the Land Office at Malacca, and later in Penang, where in 1837 he married Cornelia, youngest child of Mr. John Rodyk, who, like Mr. Van Someren's grandfather, was a Dutchman, and who had been Governor of Ternate, which was blockaded by British men-of-war during trhe war between England and Holland. Ternate capitulated to the blockade, and John Rodyk, amongst others, was made a prisoner, and transferred to Bencoolen by the English. After the exchange of Malacca for Bencoolen in 1824 the British Government removed, and John rodyk voluntarily went to Malacca, and from that time resolved to throw in his lot with the British, as did many other Dutch. Mr. R. G. Van Someren was the second child of the marriage: his elder brother, Mr. Samuel Van Sonmeren died in 1912. His father retired from Government service and went to India in 1857, but returned to Penang the next year. Through the influence of Mr. Alexander Rodyk, the Registrar of the Court, and of Sir Peter Benson Maxwell, he was appointed Coroner, which in those days was a slaried office of importance, and which he held until his children were taken charge of by their uncle, Mr. Alexander Rodyk, mentioned above, and in 1864 were sent to England for their education. In December 1868 Mr. R. G. Van Someren returned to Penang, and was articled to his cousin, Mr. Charles Rodyk, a younger brother of that Mr. Bernard Rodyk who has been mentioned as one of the founders of Messrs Rodyk and Davidson. Immediately on his admission to the Bar Mr. Van Someren was taken into partnership by Mr. Charles Rodyk. Later, he practiced in partnership in Penang with Mr. Gregory Anthony and Mr. T. Gawthorne. In 1900 he came to Singapore, and commenced partnership with Mr. Edaljee Khory, a Parsee barrister and a very popular Freemason, after whom a Lodge of Mark Masons in Singapore is named. This partnership continued until Mr. Khory's retirement in 1908, after which Mr. Van Someren practiced alone until he retired, but chiefly as counsel.

STANDARD GUIDE TO PROCEDURE.

Mr. Van Someren's name will be preserved for many years by his splendid book on the Courts and their procedure, which is now in its second edition: no one but he could have written it, and the present which he made to the profession of his vast stores of knowledge was a fitting gift from one who was always ready to lend his assistance to any of his professional brethren who asked it. He was, in particular, always exceedingly kind and helpful to the junior Bar, and the writer had on many occasions to thank Mr. Van Someren for assistance or advice.

In 1876 Mr. Van Someren married Alice, daughter of Mr. Abraham Logan. All of his sons served in the Great War: Robert Abraham is a doctor in Government service in connection with sleeping sickness in Uganda, and on the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, in which he is now a Captain with British East African Forces; Alexander Grant Vermont, who is a Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps (Regular Forces), served during the War in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and in the North-West Provinces, and is now on the Staff at Lahore; Walter Noel was a Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps, and was wounded in September 1918 in France; Victor Gurney is a doctor and L.R.C.P., L.R.C.S., L.D.S., of Edinburgh University - he was in British East Africa when war broke out, and became a Captain in the forces there; Claude Donald was a Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps, and was killed in the great German attack on March 21st., 1918, after fighting from 3 a.m. till 7 p.m., when he fell, the only person left untouched in his detachment being one small "runner", who made a desperate effort to carry back his Lieutenant's body: but he was too young and too small, for Lieutenant Van Someren was a big, strong man; finally Vernon, who was a student at Gray's Inn, but joined up on the outbreak of war, fought through Ypres, Loos, Bethune, Huluch Quarries, the Somme battles, and the great battles which ended the War, gained the Military Cross, the Distinguished Service Order, and the Croix de Guerre, and became the youngest Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army (he was twenty-three on November 26th. 1918).

Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 31 December 1931, Page 9

Monday, April 1, 2013

Habib Merican Noordin, Death, August 1909, Penang

DEATH OF MR. HABIB MERICAN NOORDIN, J.P. We regret to announce the death of Mr. Habib Merican Noordin, J.P., which took place at his residence "Noordin Hall", Hutton Lane, Penang. The deceased who was a leading member of the Mohammedan community, was the third son of the late Mahomed Noordin, the founder of the family in Penang. He was born here in May, 1847, and educated at St. Xavier's Institution. In 1862 he entered his father's business and spent several years in one of the firm's sailing ships trading with Burma. Upon his father's death in 1870, he was appointed executor and trustee of his estate. At this time he commenced business on his own account and did a large trade in the export of local produce. He was also agent for several lines of steamers, and managing director of the Indian Merchant and Steam Navigation Company. Mr. Noordin lived in retirement since 1905,his business being managed by his nephews and son-in-law. In 1899 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the Settlement of Penang. (P.G.) [The Straits Times, 19 August 1909, Page 6, The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 20 August 1909, Page 5]

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Marie Angele Mathieu and A. Biji, Marriage, 28 April 1919, Penang

The marriage took place on April 28, in the office of the Registrar of Marriages, of Mr. A. Biji of Medan, Deli, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willem Biji, of Amsterdam, Holland, to Miss Marie Angele, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Mathieu, of Penang. The bride is a grand-daughter of the late Monsieur Pierre Edmond Mathieu, of Orleans, France, merchant, who was the French Consul of Penang. She is also the great grand-daughter of the late General Mathieu, of Orleans, France, and a cousin of the late Monsieur Unal of Orleans, France, late Resident Consular of Tonkin, and a niece of the late Mr. Joseph Mathieu of Province Wellesley. On the maternal side, the bride is a grand-daughter of the late Captain A. Ottzen, of Finsberg, Denmark, the late proprietor and manager of Naga Timbol and Reliance Estates, Serdang, Deli. [The Straits Times, 8 May 1919, Page 7]

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pierre Edmond Mathieu, Death, 12 June 1919, Penang

It is with deep regret says the Pinang Gazette that we have to announce the death of Mr. Pierre Edmond Mathieu at the age of 62, which took place on Friday after an illness lasting several months. The deceased gentleman went home to France in 1866 for education, together with his eldest brother the late Mr. Ernest Emmannuel Mathieu, who died some years later as lieutenant in the French Navy. In 1878 he came out to Penang again with his youngest brother,the late Mr.Joseph Frederic Mathieu. The deceased gentleman was the son of the late Monsieur Pierre Edmond Mathieu of Orleans, France, merchant, who was the French Consul of Penang, a grandson of the late General Mathieu of Orleans, France, and cousin of the late Monsieur Unal of France, who was Resident Consul of Tonkin, and a brother of the late Mr. Joseph Fredric Mathieu of Province Wellesley. He had several cousins who were officers in the French Army, who died two and three years ago during the great war. The deceased was married twice, first to a Miss Lock who has a son M Vincent Mathieu (engineer), at present in Cardiff,England, and second to Miss Ottzen, daughter of Captain A. Ottzen of Finsberg, Denmark, the late proprietor and manager of Nagga Timbol and Reliance Estates, Serdang, Deli, by whom he had two daughters and a surviving son who deeply regret his loss. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 17 June 1919, Page 4]

DEATH. MATHIEU. - On June 12, at Penang, PIERRE EDMOND MATHIEU, from cancer of the throat, only surviving son of Monsieur Pierre Edmond Mathieu of Orleans, France, the late French Consul of Penang. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 17 June 1919, Page 4]

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Chew Chin Chee and Soo Hoo Kum, Marriage, 28 May 1935, Penang

PENANG WEDDING. Mr. Soo Hoo Kum's Bride From China. The wedding took place at the Li Tek Seah, Penang, on Thursday last of Mr. Soo Hoo Kum, sixth son of the wealthy Cantonese merchant, Mr. Soo Hoo Hong, and of Mrs Soo Hoo Hong, and Miss Chew Chin Chee, fifth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chew Koon Seng of China. The guests present exceeded two hundred in number. The Li Tek Seah Orchestra was in attendance. The bride, a native of China, is an accomplished Chinese scholar, and arrived recently at Penang. As soon as the ceremonies were over, the bride and the bridegroom announced that they would donate $100 each to the Chung Ling High School building fund. In the evening over 200 guests were entertained to dinner at the Violet Cafe, Wembley Park. The bridal chamber at 33B Aboo Sittee Lane, was well illuminated and magnificently decorated. [The Straits Times, 4 June 1935, Page 12]

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Matthew Boyd Kerr, Death, 22 February 1838, At Sea

DEATH. At sea, on the 22nd February, on board the Duke of Argyle, on the passage to England, from Madras, Matthew Boyd Kerr, Esq., Merchant, Penang. [The Colonist (Sydney, NSW : 1835 - 1840), Saturday 20 October 1838, Page 3]

Son of P. Crummey, Birth, 27 July 1844, Penang

DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES. BIRTHS. AT Pinang. On the 27th ultimo, Mrs. P. Crummey, of a Son. [Pinang Gazette and Straits Chronicle, Saturday 10th August 1844, Page 1]

Son of Sir William Norris, Birth/Death, 6 August 1844, Penang

DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES. BIRTHS. AT Pinang, On the 6th inst. the Lady of Sir William Norris, of a Daughter, still born. [Pinang Gazette and Straits Chronicle, Saturday 10 August 1844, Page 1]

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Son of Gurchurn Singh, Birth, Friday 24 September 1925

BIRTH. GURCHURN SINGH. At the Maternity Hospital, Penang, on Friday, 24th September 1926, to Mr. and Mrs. Gurchurn Sjngh ol 54 Logan Road, Penang, a son.  [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 28 September 1926, Page 8]

Monday, March 25, 2013

S. Oothman Saiboo, Death, June 1927, India (Karikal)

We regret to record the death of Mr. S. Oothman Saiboo, J.P., of Penang, which occurred at his residence in Karikal, S. India. Deceased had been ill for a long time when his doctore advised him to return to India to crcruit his health. He went to India six months ago, but without avail. Deceased was appointed a Justice of Peace Penang, in January, 1924, and he was a member of the Mahomedan Advisory Board. He was Secy. of the Muslim Merchants' Society for many years. He was well-known and highly respected in Penang, a merchant on a big scale, an influential and popular member of the Indian community. - P.Gazette. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 20 June 1927, Page 9]