Sunday, August 31, 2014

Patrick Allen Reutens, Death 10 July 1916, Singapore

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 11 July 1916, Page 10


The house flag of the Straits Steam Ship Company was half masted yesterday over their office ashore, as well as on their steamers afloat, as a special mark of respect to the memory of Mr. Patrick Allen Reutens, the Secretary and Bookkeeper of the Company, who died at the General Hospital here on Sunday evening, of blood poisoning brought on by a whitlow on his right hand, at the age of 68 years. Born in Penang in 1848 he was the youngest son of the late Mr. Philip Reutens, at one time Secretary to the Raffles Library, by his first marriage. The deceased received his early education at the St. Xavier's Institution, Penang, and when the family moved to Singapore he continued and finished his education at the St. Joseph's Institution here. On leaving school he joined the Government services as a junior clerk in the Shipping Office, one of his colleagues being Mr. (now Sir) John Anderson. Being a youth of push and ambition he quitted the Government and joined the mercantile service by entering the now defunct firm of Maclain Fraser and Co. and he rose rapidly to the position of bookkeeper under the late Mr. C. Dunlop, Mr. L. J. Fraser, Mr. A Gentle and others, and he was highly thought of by his chiefs. On the formation of the Straits Steam Ship Company, some 30 years ago, Mr. Reutens was engaged as Secretary and Bookkeeper, and in this service he continued up till three weeks ago, when he had to go to hospital for treatment for a whitlow. It is no secret that he never spared himself, never taking a leave or availing himself of a public holiday. He was even known to forego his holidays on such occasions as Christmas and New Year. He was a man of a retiring disposition, and for a person of his ability, position and standing, where others sought publicity Mr. Reutens abhorred it and he must be said to have practiced self effacement in an extraordinary degree. It is no exaggeration to say that if the Eurasian Community of Singapore had been asked to vote for a Representative in the Legislative and Municipal Councils Mr. Rutens would have been unanimously voted as their fittest man. The writer of this obituary had the pleasure of Mr. Reuten's close friendship for nearly 50 years, and he is in a position to say that no Eurasian before him commanded the same amount of respect from his countrymen as he did. He was a prominent member of the old Singapore Volunteer Corps, and as such became closely associated with the late Mr. W. H. Read, the late Mr. C. B. Buckley and the late Mr. Phillips, the father of the present Principal of the Raffles Institution. He was an accomplished musician, and in his younger days was a pianist to the Tanglin Club. He took a lively interest in the choir of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, of which for many years he was choir master and organist. He was a renowned chess player, and with the late Mr. R. W. Hullett and Mr. J. B. Elcum were the principal Singapore representatives in the various chess tournaments got up from time to time with the other Settlements and Hongkong and Shanghai, and it is believed it was mainly owing to his superior play that the Singapore team was invariably victorious in the tournaments.

Mr. Reutens has left behind him a widow and several daughters, but no son, and young grand children, for whom the greatest sympathy will be felt, not only by the Eurasian community of Malay, but by a large circle of friends outside of his own countrymen, for Mr. Reutens possessed in an exceptional degree the rare quality of making friends but no enemies. Requiescat In Pace.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frank Seow Soon Jin, Death 6 May 1953, Singapore

The Straits Times, 8 May 1953, Page 6

Mr. Seow Soon Jin (Frank Seow) died peacefully at his residence No 33 Lorong Mydin, on Wed., 6th May, 10.30 p.m.Burial will take place on Sunday morning.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cyprian (Reverend Bro.), Death 15 Feb 1925, Rangoon

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 27 February 1925, Page 6

The death of Rev. Brother Cyprian occurred at the General Hospital, Rangoon, at 8 a.m. on the 15th instant. The deceased was born in Penang in 1853, and educated at St. Xavier's Institution, in Penang. In 1869 he went to Burma, and joined the Brother's Novitiate at Bassein.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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

The Straits Times, 16 November 1921, Page 8

Page 8 Advertisements Column 2

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mrs. Anna Wright, Death 19 Sep 1894, Penang

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 24 September 1894, Page 2


It is announced at Penang that at 7.30 p.m. on the 19th inst. there occurred the death of Mrs. Anna Wright, at the advanced age of 101 years.

Kwok Kim Neo (Mrs. Tan Boo Liat), Death 25 May 1932, Singapore

The Straits Times, 26 May 1932, Page 10


TAN. - Madame Kwok Kim Neo wife of Mr. Tan Boo Liat (Phra Anukul Syamkitch) passed away at 60, Emerald Hill Rd. on Wed., May 25. Interment at Bukit Brown on Sat., May 28 at 3 p.m. No scrolls. Straits, F.M.S. and Bangkok papers please copy.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Allan Maclean Skinner, Death 14 Jun 1901, Canterbury

The Straits Times, 13 July 1901, Page 2

Mr Allan Maclean Skinner, C.M.G., late of the Straits Settlements Civil Service, and Consul for the Siamese Slates, died on 15th June at his residence, Harlandrise, Barton-fields, Canterbury, at the age of 55 years. He was born at Brighton in 1846, and was a son of Sir Allan Maclean Skinner, Q.C., Recorder of Windsor. He was called to the Bar in 1807, first appointed a cadet in the Straits Settlements service in 1881. He attained the rank of Resident Councillor of Penang in 1887, and that of Consul for the Siamese States in the following year. In 1891 he received the C.M.G. for services rendered. Mr. Skinner retired in January, 1897, and returned to England since which time he has resided at Canterbury.

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 13 July 1901, Page 3


We regret to announce the death of Allan Maclean Skinner, C.M.G. on Friday June 14, at his residence, Barton Fields, Canterbury. He was born at Brighton on March 20, 1846. He was the second son of the late Allan Maclean Skinner, Q.C., County Court Judge and Recorder of Windsor, and of Caroline Harding daughter of the Rev. John Harding and sister to Sir John Dorney Harding, of Coaley, Queen's Advocate. In 1875 he married Ellen, daughter of the Rev. W. H. Shelford, Shelford, rector of Preston St. Mary, Suffolk, sister of the late Thomas Shelford C.M.G., of Singapore. Called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1867, he passed first in examination for the new Civil Service of the Straits Settlements. He was appointed Auditor-General with a seat in Council in 1881; acted as Colonial Secretary of the Straits, 1884-89, and as Deputy-Governor in 1885. He was appointed Resident Councillor of Penang in 1887, which appointment he continued to hold until his retirement in 1897, combining with it in 1888, the office of her Majesty's Consul for the Siamese States. He took an active part in the bombardment of Selangor (1871); the Perak negotiations (1874); the Muar election (1877), and in the proceedings generally which established the British Protectorate of the Malay Peninsula. He was the first Inspector of Schools in the Colony and the originator of its educational system. In 1890 he received the C.M.G. "in recognition of good work done." He originated the Straits branches of the S.P.C.A. (1876), and of the Royal Asiatic Society (1877); and edited and contributed to the local journal of the latter society for several years. Since ill-health compelled his retirement in 1897, he has resided at Canterbury and was engaged in writing a history of the Straits Settlements of which he had completed the early part, when death ended his labours.

The Straits Times, 23 July 1901, Page 2

At the time of his death,  the late Mr. Allan Maclean Skinner, C.M.G., was engaged in writing a history of the Straits Settlements, of which he had completed the early part.

Ellen Florence Skinner and William Gilbert Cobbett, Engagement Dec 1913, Dorset

The Straits Times, 13 December 1913, Page 9
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 20 December 1913, Page 9

The engagement is announced of the Rev. William Gilbert Cobbett, rector of Evershot, Dorset, son of the late Mr. William Cobbett, of Beckenham, Keng, to Ellen Florence Skinner, daughter of the late Allan Maclean Skinner, C.M.G., formerly of H.H. Civil Service, Straits Settlements, and of Mrs. Allan Maclean Skinner, of 9, Vernon place, Canterbury.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tan Tiang Neo (Mrs. Neo Teck Swee), Death 27 Dec 1925, Malacca

Malayan Saturday Post, 14 March 1925, Page 15


The Late Mrs. Neo Teck Swee.

The death took place on Monday, 27th December, of Mrs. Neo Teck Swee, nee Tan Tiang Neo, the mother of Mr. Neo Ong Hee, J.P., at 157 Heeren Street, whose photograph appeared in last week's issue of this paper. The deceased lady had reached the ripe old age of 85 years. She was the only surviving daughter of the late Mr. Tan Tock Seng, the donor of Tan Tock Seng Hospital to Singapore. She had three brothers, Messrs Tan Kim Cheng, Tan Siew Lim, and Tan Teck Guan and three sisters. The late Mr. Tan Kim Cheng was at one time acting Consul-General for Siam in Singapore, and the late Mr. Tan Teck Guan was a J.P., for the Settlement of Malacca, and a Municipal Commissioner. The deceased left two sons, Messrs. Neo Ong Tew, and Neo Ong Hee, J.P., and ex-Municipal Commissioner for Malacca, and one daughter, Mrs. Tan Chin Tee, and many grand sons and grand daughters and great grand children to mourn her loss.

Impressive Funeral.

The funeral took place on the 31st idem. It was an imposing though simple procession and the coffin, surmounted by a magnificent catafalque or Kwantah and presenting a most picturesque appearance, was borne on the shoulders of 64 men dressed in black, provided by the Keng Teck Whay. Preceded by three Chinese priests from the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the procession wended its way through the principal streets of the Town on its way to the last resting place of the departed. Following behindthe coffin was the long train of mourners comprising the sons, daughters, grand-sons, grand-daughters, great grand-sons and great grand-daughters, and other relatives of the deceased lady. The principal mourners were dressed in sackcloth and they were: Mr. Neo Ong Hee, Mr. & Mrs. Neo Ong Tew, Mrs. Tan Chin Tee, Mr. & Mrs. Neo Yew Jin, Mr. & Mrs. Neo How Tay, Mr. & Mrs. Neo Tong Kee, Mr. & Mrs. Loh Kim Swee, and Dr. & Mrs. B. H. Ong. A large attendance of prominent Malacca Citizens had also turned out to pay their respects and there was also a big assembly of the Lam Hwa Kongsi men of whom Mr. Neo Ong Hee is the Headman. This party took over the carrying of the Coffin from the Keng Teck Whay men when the procession was just in front of the Clock Tower. With the exception of Scrolls from the Keng Teck Whay, Lam Hwa Kongsi, Mr. Loh Kim Swee and Dr. B. H. Ong, the others were kindly refused, it having been decided to observe the utmost simplicity in the funeral rites. Wreaths were also not much in evidence for the same reason and the few that were accepted were kept in the house and did not form any part of the procession. The cortege arrived at the scene of the burial at about 1 p.m. and there after the final obsequies had been rendered the day's ceremony ended with the lowering of the coffin into the depths of Mother Earth. Amongst those present at the graveside were Captain and Mrs. A. C.Baker, Mr. E. H. Wilson of the High School. - (Cor.)

Tan Kim Ching, Death 27 Feb 1895, Singapore

Straits Times Weekly Issue, 1 March 1892, Page 126

Death of Mr. Tan Kim Cheng.

At 9.30 p.m. of Saturday there died after a very short illness Mr. Tan Kim Cheng who for many years has held a high position in the community. Mr. Kim Cheng was born in Malacca and at the time of his death was sixty four years of age. His father Mr. Tan Tock Seng was a prominent man and will be long remembered as the founder of the Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Mr. Tan Kim Seng Cheng defrayed one third of the cost of the hospital. Mr. Kim Cheng came to Singapore at a very early age a number of years ago. He was appointed Consul for Siam and subsequently and special Commissioner for the Western Provinces. He was also a J.P. Mr. Kim Cheng has at various times been of considerable assistance to the Government; and for services rendered during the Perak War he received a special letter of thanks from Sir Andrew Clarke. During troubles in the Royal Family in Siam Mr. Kim Cheng accompanied Sir William Robinson to Bangkok and was instrumental in bringing the matters of dispute to a settlement. He also received the 3rd class order of the Rising Sun from the Mikado of Japan in acknowledgement of his part in the reception of Prince Komatsu in Singapore. He was a Municipal Commissioner for the first year following the passing of the Municipal Ordinance. Mr. Tan Kim Cheng had three sons who all predeceased him. He leaves numerous grandchildren. The remains of the deceased gentleman will be interred in his private cemetery in about a month.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Edmond Stanley (Sir), Death 28 April 1843, Surrey

The Gentleman's Magazine Volume XX (20) New Series 
MDCCCXLIII (1843) July to December Inclusive. 
Page 206.

Sir Edmond Stanley.

April 28. At Richmond, Surrey, aged 82, Sir Edmond Stanley, Knt. formerly Prime Serjeant of Ireland, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Madras.

Sir Edmond was the eldest son of James Stanley, esq. of Low Park, co. Roscomon, by a daughter of Edmond Kelly, esq. of Mount Gray. He ontained a scholarship in Trinity college, Dublin; and was called to the Irish bar in 1782. In 1786 he was counsel to George R. Fitzgerald, at Castlebar. In 1789 he was made a King's Counsel in Ireland; and in the same year a bencher of the King's inns, Dublin. In 1790 he was returned to the parliament of Ireland for the borough of Augher; and from1797 to 1800 he was member for Lanesborough. In 1794 he was appointed the King's Third Serjeant-at-Law. In 1798 he was sent under a special commission to Cork, to preside at the trials there, and received the thanks of the county, and of the Government, for his conduct on that occasion. In 1800 he was made King's Prime Serjeant, and afterwards appointed one of the Commissioners of Public Accounts.

In 1807 he was appointed the first Recorder of Prince of Wales' Island, and received the honour of knighthood on the 11th March.

In 1815 he was appointed one of the judges at Madras, where he introduced many useful reforms into the registrar's office, and in 1820 was promoted to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He retired in 1825 with the usual pension after twenty years' service.

Sir Edmond Stanley married in 1786 a daughter of the Rev. John Talbot, and niece to the late William Talbot, esq. of Mount Talbot, co. Roscommon. Lady Stanley died at Richmond Jan. 17, 1836.

Monday, August 4, 2014

G. A. R. Cowdroy, Death October 1939, Penang

The Straits Times, 2 November 1939, Page 11

(From Our Own Correspondent)
Penang, Nov. 1.

The funeral took place yesterday at the Western Road Cemetery of Mr. G. A. R. Cowdroy, of the Rubber Controller's Department, whose death occurred early yesterday morning at his residence in Union Street, Penang.

The Rev. H. J. Paine, Colonial Chaplain, held a short service at the chapel and at the graveside.