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