Tan Boon Cheng 陳文清
Tan Boon Cheng . Born
In First Moon
6th February 1878
Tan Boon Cheng
Foochow, set up Chop Hock Chin Bee.
Well versed in Chinese language and learned man, sociable and
active community contributer to society and philantrophist.
Manager of Foochow Association and Rong Nam Villa.
Treasurer of two schools Chong Cheng, Chong Ben. Honourable manager of Chong Nam School
Donated to Fujian Security. Two sons mentioned (confirmed from the tombstones they are the same)
Unconfirmed but based on oral history from caretakers: Boon Cheng was a famous fortune teller.
"On being handed the girl's pek ji, the young man's parents made a beeline to a diviner to check the compatibility of the young couple. The sinseh,as we addressed the diviner, was the renowned Tan Boon Cheng, who was a household name in Baba circles because of his reputation for accurate readings of horoscope charts. In the case of cousin Swee Neo's horoscope sinseh Tan announced a good reading when it was matched with that of the young man's."
Taken from A Nyonya Mosaic: Memoirs of A Peranakan Childhood
By William Gwee
Set in Singapore in the 1910s, A Nyonya Mosaic is the story of young girl growing up in a slowly changing world. William Gwee Thian Hock relates the childhood impressions of his Nyonya mother through her own eyes