Tay Geok Teat and Madam Khoo

Tay Geok Teat  鄭恭莊
Madam Khoo 邱淑慎











论穴坐丙向
壬兼巳亥分
金丁巳丁亥
得三元二局
接庚午龍神



天机作法遁壬戌,
山運地䏞清純,
富貴荣華長,
垂其不朽矣 。
地師種玉山人謹誌

Rough translation to be refined:
The methods of Heaven's secret hiding Ren 
The Xu mountain move the earth belly clear
The Riches, Honour and Glories increase 
And will endure forever
inscribed carefully by Geomancer (Plant jade mountain man)
Ren - 9th Heavenly stem
Hiding the Ren perhaps could refer to a form of divining art Qi Men Dun Jia
Xu - 11th Earthly Branch



文質彬彬推吉地


山𤫊耿耿護佳城




採向作山崙



來龍同天樴


光緒拾玖年癸巳梅月吉旦 1893 lunar 4th month
金池 Tay Kim Kee 
孫 Grandsons 
文德 Tay Boon Teck 
文興 Tay Boon Heng 
文成 Tay Boon Seng 
文財 Tay Boon Chye
文元 Tay Boon Guan 
文慶 Tay Boon Keng 
文寶 Tay Boon Poh 
文涼 Tay Boon Liong 
仝立石



Pic from Song Ong Siang book 

THE LATE MR. GEOK TEAT.
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, 21 April 1893, Page 2



Tay Geok Teat died on 21st April 1893 
His wife Madam Khoo died in Oct 1892 

Tay Geok Teat was born about 60 years ago in Malacca, and in 1868, he commenced business as a shopkeeper on his own account.
Being of a  retiring disposition he shunned publicity and at no time took a very active part in public business.  He was a member of the Municipal 
Commission for some time, resigning only on  account of his wife which he appears to have felt deeply as he is said never to have been the same man since.
He left behind him an only son and partner in his business, Mr Tay Kim Tee.  The godown in Battery Road was closed during the day


Page 4 Advertisements Column 1

SINGAPORE DAILY TIMES, 5 November 1868, Page 4






Page 4 Advertisements Column 1

Straits Observer (Singapore), 4 March 1875, Page 4




Two Singapore Chinese Citizens in Birmingham.
Straits Times Weekly Issue, 23 August 1883, Page 13




Tay Geok Teat and Lee Cheng Yan visited England in 1883 

Page 2 Advertisements Column 3
Daily Advertiser, 1 March 1892, Page 2



In March 1892 Tay Geok Teat only served 6 months as Municipal Commissioner for Tanjong Pagar Ward . He resigned because of the death of his wife and he died 4 months later in Apr 1893 

SUPREME COURT.
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (weekly), 22 August 1893, Page 14





Chinese New Year's Sports.
The Straits Times, 8 February 1894, Page 3





Tay Geok Teat family band 

Page 6 Advertisements Column 3
The Straits Times, 2 January 1906, Page 6



Tay Kim Kee attained 52 years on 15th Oct 1905 

POSTHUMOUS HEIR TO ESTATE.
The Straits Times, 25 July 1930, Page 14




SUPREME COURT.
Malaya Tribune, 29 July 1930, Page 7



Tay Boon Seng died in June 1929’

POSTHUMOUS HEIR TO ESTATE.
The Straits Times, 1 August 1930, Page 8







ALLEGED BREACH OF TRUST OF PROPERTY
The Straits Times, 22 April 1941, Page 11



George Bennet Taye (G B Tay) alias Tay Boon Guan . He was 57 years old on Dec 1940

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