Wednesday, May 31, 2017

James Ferguson Lamb, Death 29th May 1898, Penang

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (Weekly), 9 June 1898, Page 1

On the 29th inst., at the General Hospital, Penang, James Ferguson Lamb, eldest son of James Lamb, of Prye Estate, Province Wellesley, aged 29.


The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (Weekly), 9 June 1898, Page 5

Many of his friends in Singapore will regret to see the announcement of the death of Mr. J. F. Lamb, of Penang, which took place last Sunday at the General Hospital, Penang, from fever. The Pinang Gazette has this obituary notice:-

Mr. J. F. Lamb was born in Penang on the 4th of July, 1868. His father, Mr. J. Lamb, for some time attorney to the late Sir E. Horsman, had charge of the large Sugar Estates now belonging to the Penang Sugar Estate Company, and subsequently opened the Prye Sugar Estate, where he was eventually succeeded by Mr. E. A. Blundell Brown, the present manager. For a short period, just before his death, he was a member of the Legislative Council. Mr. J. F. Lamb was educated at Clifton College, where he remained until he had completed his studies in England. He then came out to Penang, and about twelve years ago was engaged as Assistant on the Prye Sugar Estate. While at Clifton College although in neither Cricket nor in Football Eleven, he was tried for each team and succeeded in winning his "house cap" at both games. After his arrival in the Straits, he was always one of the players for Penang in inter-settlement and foreign matches. Tennis, however, was his strong point, and, besides winning the Province Championship on three occasions, he once secured that or the Straits in Singapore.

Upon leaving Prye Estate he entered Government service, became Police Financial Secretary in Penang, and during Mr. Bowen's absence acted as Sheriff and Deputy Registrar of the Supereme Court. He was also Judge's Secretary for a time, but about six months ago he relinquished the service and entered into private business on his own account.

For the last two years he has been filling the post of Secretary to the Turf Club, and in that capacity has put excellent work for sport in Penang, winning for himself at the same time well-deserved popularity. Quite recently, he was appointed Secretary to the Golf Club and to the Penang Hunt Club.

As already stated, Mr. Lamb was a general favourite, and the energy and tact he displayed in all undertakings into which he entered will be very much missed in the Settlement. Public sympathy is generally expressed towards the relatives of the deceased, in their bereavement, and towards the young lady to whom Mr. Lamb was engaged and was shortly about to be married.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Khor Ewe Keng, Death 21 May 1939, Penang

The Straits Times, 21 May 1939, Page 3
(From Our Own Correspondent.)

Penang, Saturday.
The death of Mr. Khor Ewe Keng, formerly managing director of Ewe Joo & Co., rubber dealers, took place early this morning at his residence in Johore Road. He had been ailing for some time and his condition took a turn for the worse last night. He was 59 years of age.

Mr. Khor founded the Penang Rubber Exchange and was a trustee of the Association. He was also one of the founders of the Anglo-Chinese School Union and the Corner Club.

He leaves behind a widow, three sons, Khor Cheang Chong, Khoor Cheang Kee (of the Pinang Gazette), and Master Khor Cheang Chuan, six daughters, Mrs. Gunn Lay Tor, Mrs. Chua Boon Teck (of Kuala Lumpur), Mrs. Cheah Eng Hong, and the Misses Khor Joo Aik, Khor Joo Siew and Khor Joo Imm, and seven grandchildren.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tan Kwee Swee, death 28 Jan. 1937, Singapore

Malaya Tribune, 29 January 1937, Page 15
Funeral Today
The Father of Two Queen's Scholars

Singapore, Friday. The death occurred yesterday of Mr. Tan Kwee Swee, at the age of 56 years, at his residence, No. 8, Swanage Road, Singapore.

Mr. Kwee Swee, who is one of the best well-known Chinese residents of Singapore, counted a very large circle of friends throughout Malaya and is best known for the fact that his two children, Mr. Tan Thoon Lip and Miss Maggie Tan, won the Queen's Scholarships.

Mr. Kwee Swee had been in poor health for about a month, and his death removes one, who in his younger days, was a leading Chinese resident of Singapore.

Mr. Kwee Swee comes of a very distinguished Chinese family, and was the fourth son of the late Mr. Tan Soon Toh, and a great grandson of the late Mr. Tan Tock Seng, whose charitable inclinations led to the establishment of the well-known hospital at Balestier which bears his name. Recently Mr. Kwee Swee sat on the committee of that hospital.

Big Racehorse Owner

In his younger days, Mr. Kwee Swee was a big racehorse owner, and his "colours" were always seen at functions on and off the course. He was also a good sportsman, and cricket and ten[n]is were his recreations.

He was an original member of the Garden Club and Chinese Swimming Club, and frequently contributed to charities, and although not actively associated with the various local public bodies, was looked upon as a leader of the community.

He played a large part in the alleviation of distress during the big rice crisis in Singapore, and once organised a Christmas treat for the inmates of the Tan Tock Seng Hospital a few years ago.

Lived In Retirement

Of late, Mr. Kwee Swee had been living in retirement. His father had five sons and one daughter, all of whom with the exception of two, (Mr. Tan Cheow Pin and Mr. Tan Kwee Liang) who are now living in retirement in Singapore, are dead.

One of Mr. Kwee Swee's brothers was the late Mr. Tan Boo Liat, who was a very well-known resident of Bangkok.

Mr. Kwee Swee leaves behind to mourn his loss, his widow and two children.

Mr. Thoon Lip, his son, is Assistant Official Assignee in the S.S., while the daughter, Miss Maggie Tan, is now studying medicine in London.

The funeral will take place at the Bidadari Cemetery at 5.30 p.m. to-day, the cortege leaving the house at 4.30.