Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Moses Catchick Moses, Death July 1920, Singapore

Last Member of the Historic Armenian Family

There passed away on Thursday morning of last week Mr. Moses Catchick Moses who, with the exception of a daughter, Mrs. J. Carapiet, was the sole remaining link in Singapore with this historic Armenian family. He was the last of four brothers of whom all except the eldest were unmarried.

The late Mr. Catchick Moses, the head of the family, came to Singapore a short time after its foundation by Sir Stamford Raffles. He was not then a wealthy man but at the time of his death he is said to have been worth a fortune, mainly through investment in landed property. He was a conscpicuous figure in the commercial life of Singapore at the end of the last century, being always seen in public in frock coat and top hat. For many years he was the managing partner of the late firm of Sarkies and Moses, who were the Singapore agents of Apcar's line of stamers running between Calcutta, Penang, Singapore and Hongkong.

Among the property he owned was that at Oxley Rise, known as the Pavilion House in the regime of the Indian Government, until the transfer, when the first Colonial Governor, the late Sir Harry Ord, acquired Prinsep Hill, on which he built the present Government House. The Pavilion was in the occupation of the family till last year when it was auctioned and bought by Mr. Manasseh Meyer.

The funeral took place on Friday afternoon from 3 Koek-road to the Armenian Church in Hill-street, followed later by the burial in the family plot in the old cemetery in Bukit Timah-road.

The Straits Times, 20 July 1920, Page 10

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