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Miss Ena Guat-Kheng Lim and Mr. Teh Say Koo, Marriage, 1st July 1933, Singapore

Malaya Tribune, 30 June 1933, Page 12 

The marriage of Miss Ena Guat Kheng, the only daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lim Boon Keng, with Mr. Teh Say Koo, younger son of Mrs. Teh Thean Ee, of Penang, will be solemnised at the Garden Club, China Building, Chulia Street, to-morrow at 11 a.m.


Brilliant Chinese Wedding. 
Sunday Tribune (Singapore), 2 July 1933, Page 1
Educated In Paris. 

A brilliant wedding function took place yesterday morning at the Garden Club, China Building, Chulia Street. Singapore. There was a large gathering of well-known people at the reception.

The occasion was the marriage of Miss Ena Guat Kheng to Mr. Teh Say Koo, younger son of Mrs. Teh Thean Ee of Penang, who is now connected with the Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation, Ltd., as an accountant.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lim Boon Keng, who are known to all communities in Singapore. The bride returned from Paris a short time ago after a successful academic training and was met in Singapore by her parents, from Amoy, where Dr. Lim Boon Keng is president of the University.

The reception, which began at 11 o'clock was held in the spacious hall of the Garden Club which was filled to its utmost capacity.

The bride, who looked very pretty indeed was attired in flesh pink chiffon and underslip of powder blue, the bodice of the dress being trimmed with little white daisies and powder blue flowers. She wore a tulle veil caught up with little white flowers and she carried a sheaf of Madonna lilies. The bride and bride groom received the congratulations of the guests assembled.


Before the cake was cut two ladies of the Fairfield Girl's School, Miss Olsen and Miss Jackson, spoke in very high terms of the amiability and charming qualities of the bride, from their knowledge of her in the Fairfield Girls' School from her infancy.

Cake and champagne having been served, Mr. Seow Poh Leng proposed the toast of the bride and bridegroom.

He uttered the typical Chinese expression for the "wish of a thousand years of happiness."

The bridegroom, in a very brief speech, thanked the guests on behalf of his bride and himself.

Dr. Lim Boon Keng, who was loudly applauded, said his wife and he had given to him, the bridegroom, a flower of their household, but he felt sure that he had bestowed that flower to a worthy recipient. He expressed every hope for a happy union.

Cheers were given to the bride and bridegroom.

Music was supplied by an orchestra which helped to enlighten the proceedings.

At 12.30 the bride and bridegroom left the reception amidst the further plaudits of the assembly.


It was one of the most brilliant weddings in local Chinese circles for some years -- writes our Chinese correspondent.

After the parties had signed the marriage register at the Registry, everybody who was anyone among the Chinese community in Singapore was present at the reception, as were also many European ladies and gentlemen.

Wishing the bride and bridegroom happiness and prosperity, Mr. Seow Poh Leng read out his translation of a Chinese verse composed by Mrs. Lim Boon Keng, who is a Chinese scholar of no mean merit, for the occasion. It ran:

This day the Teh-Lim marriage we celebrate
The true and mutual love to consecrate
Let's now cut open the sugared wedding cake
That mutual love their life-time sweet will make.

Continuing, Mr. Seow said that he was but voicing the sentiments of those present when he said that they wished the newly-wedded couple the best of happiness and prosperity.

There was no need, the speaker said, to dwell on the work of Dr. Lim Boon Keng -- the bride's father -- on the Legislative Council. That was well-known to everybody.

Dr. Lim was also the first Chinese to win the Queen's Scholarship.


The bridegroom, he went on, was the first scholar to win the scholarship (in 1925) after it was resuscitated and he felt sure that it was a very fitting reward for the many and arduous labours of the father-in-law in trying to resuscitate the scholarship, for he had that day benefited from its resuscitation.

Mrs. Lim was also well-known to them. He would like to mention also that that day was her birthday which would make it doubly auspicious for her.

Mr. Lee Kong Chian, speaking in Hokien, also wished the bride and bridegroom the best of health and happiness on behalf of the guests.

Miss Olsen and Miss Jackson also spoke. The latter referred to the fine qualities of the bride whom she said she first knew when she was teaching in the University of Amoy.

Mr. Seow Poh Leng proposed the toast to the happy couple which was drunk with musical honours.

The bridegroom in reply thanked the guests on behalf of his wife and himself for the many wishes that had been tendered to him and also for their presence.

In a short and humorous speech Dr. Lim Boon Keng thanked the guests for their kind presence and many hearty wishes. Many written messages wishing the bride and bridegroom happiness had been sent ; he had no time to read them out but they were kept in the house of the married couple and he invited any of them who was inclined to do so o visit their home and see them.

Dr. Lim proposed the toast to the Chinese community.