See Boo Ih Family

See Boo Ih Family 
See Boo Ih
See Boo Yee


See Boo Ih
Feb 22 1940

景元 See Keng Guan
景輝 See Keng Whee
景隆 See Keng Liong 
炳霖 See Peng Lim 
炳耀 See Peng Yeow 

See Bee Hong 
See Bee Quek
See Bee Keow
See Giong Sek
See Poh Seng 
See Giong Ghee
See Sek Lin 

Burial Entry
See Boo Yee 
Blk 4C 1949 
68 years old  

Yap Beng Neo
DOD 1952 Nov 15 
Date of burial 1952 Nov 16 
Plot no Blk 4C Tomb no 1960
82 years old 

施門葉氏寶娘 (this is incorrect)

Yap Poh Neo
Wife of the late Mr See Boo Ih 
Age 62 years 
Died on the 11th day of March 1943


南洋商报, 25 February 1940, Page 6



  • 新加坡禾山公会原主席

薛武院 ,字秀岚,清末民初同安县厦门庵兜人。曾任新加坡禾山公会主席、禾山中学校长黄瀚,

  • 本名

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  • 所处时代
  • 出生地





Koh Saik Lwee

Story of finding Koh Whatt Neo & Koh Saik Lwee at Bukit Brown Cemetery


My foray into the search for the paternal side of my family history started with two key names: Mr. W.H. Day and Mr. Lim Kian Hock. The latter was my grandfather, who passed on when I was still a toddler, and the former was the founder of the rubber trading company where my grandfather was working as the comprador. (See newspaper article) A search on the National Library Online Archives provided some newspaper articles from The Straits Times and Malaya Tribune, which led to discovering my great-grandfather's name. (See newspaper article) 

Both my grandmother's and grandfather's names surfaced in the article, as it was announcing the departure of my great-grandfather, Mr. Koh Saik Lwee. Through the Singapore and Straits Directory of 1896, I found out that he was a Law Clerk at Rodyk Davidson Advocates, Solicitors, and Notaries. 

My father, Mr. Lim Kim Siew, had mentioned that his mother was buried at Bukit Brown Cemetery at Kopi Sua, near the old Police Academy, and he had been visiting during Qing Ming. It has been three years since he last made this annual trip due to the pandemic.

Armed with the names of my great-grandfather Mr. Koh SaikLwee and my grandmother Mrs. Koh Whatt Neo, I wrote to the Bukit Brown Tomb Whisperer - Mr. Raymond Goh. Catherine, colleague of Mr Raymond soon replied in an email and sent me some links to the burial registry records of Bukit Brown. I was able to locate the area and plot number of Mr. Koh Saik Lwee, and this information was relayed to Mr. Raymond Goh. After a few weeks, Mr. Raymond Goh, true to his fame, hit the jackpot and found the tomb of my grandfather, and his colleague Xu Meibao found my grandmother's tomb. Pictures of the graves were sent to me, and I was surprised and elated at this discovery. I had previously also sent some images of my grandmother, and that also helped match the photo (see photos) of her on her tombstone tablet.


(LR)Mrs Koh Whatt Neo and Mr Lim Kian Hock outside family home (maybe at No.35 Sit Wah Road)

(LR) Mrs Koh Whatt Neo, her grandmother,  Mr Lim Kian Hock, her eldest brother Mr Koh Cheng Wee.

Next, I messaged Mr. Raymond Goh, who kindly agreed to meet me at Bukit Brown the following Saturday. The tomb of Mr. Koh Saik Lwee was covered with thick vines, undergrowth, and a few fallen trees. One of the stone lions had been knocked out by a fallen tree from behind the tomb. (I later found the missing lion statue at the entrance, covered by undergrowth, and we had been stepping on it upon entry.) Raymond remarked that the Art Deco border design of the tombstone tablet was rather unusual.

We next went to search for the tomb of Mrs. Koh Whatt Neo, which was at Kopi Sua, next to the main Bukit Brown Cemetery. This was Xu Meibao's account of how she found my grandmother's tomb: "Four of us actually fanned out around Kopi Sua to look for your grandma's tomb. At some point, I lost sight of the other three guys who were bashing around, and the undergrowth was too thick for me to figure out where they went, so I backtracked to the ISD fence. I was walking along and saw a clearing back to the graves and had a feeling I was going to find your grandma's tomb. I checked out a few more overgrown tombs, then saw numbers at the back of a tombstone that was close to the number you gave Raymond. I then found her tomb a few tombs away. Romantic as it sounds, I got a feeling she was happy someone was thinking of her and looking for her."

Thank you, Raymond, Meibao, and your team, for helping uncover our family history with your insights, intuition, and knowledge of Bukit Brown. We are very grateful for your help.

By Kevin Lim


Lim Sin Yin

Lim Sin Yin 林新寅

In Loving memory of 
Mr Lim Sin Yin
Who Died on 28th Oct 1939
Aged 72 

Lim Kim Swee 
Lim Tian Swee 
Lim Hoe Swee 
Lim Kim Hong 
Lim Thian Piah 
Lim Thian Seng 
Lim Thian Huat 
Lim Suan Neo 
Lim Eng Neo 
Lim Ah Phor 

Chan Ngo Bee

Chan Ngo Bee
Ngo Bee Chan

Wee Bian Ham 

Wee Bian Ham
曾金成 Chan Kim Seng 


Malaya Tribune, 20 January 1931, Page 8

Son in law 

Lim Kim Chua 

Page 2 Advertisements Column 3

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, 30 September 1907, Page 2

Chop Seng Chiang of Sambawa Road Timber Merchants 

Chan Ngoh Bee

Chan Cheng Hong 

Chan Geok Pin 

Chan Ngo Bee Ice Factory 

Our Ice Supplies.

Malaya Tribune., 11 February 1915, Page 5

Page 2 Advertisements Column 3

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, 23 January 1932, Page 2

Mr. Chan Kok Wah, son of Mr. Mrs. Chan Ngo Choo and Miss Tan Gek Tshin, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Tan Sim Poh

Malaya Tribune, 27 June 1938, Page 20

Chan Chiew Kim was 
best man 


On the 31st May fire broke out in the Victoria Sawmill, Sumbawa raod, owned by Ngo Bee Chan, sole proprietor of Chop Seng Chiang & Co. The early appearance of the fire brigade on the scene saved the premises from entire destruction, for the large stock of planks and the huge piles of trimming, only suitable for firewood, would have made one of the hottest fires Singapore ever knew.

Mr N B Chan is one of the enterprising characters among the Straits Chinese community and still owns a sawmill and ice factory at Lavender Street. He is a Director of the Eastern United Assurance Corporation, Ltd.

His grandfather came from China, first settling down in Malacca and marrying there, and then coming on to Singapore, where he did import business under the chop Guan Chiong with China ports, the goods being brought down in a number of junks of which he was owner. Towards the end of his life he returned to China and died there. 

Mr Chan's father, Chan Joo Geok, was born in Singapore, and as a young man he was in the Chinese military service during the time that the late Mr Chan Kim Boon was a tutor in the Foochow arsenal.

A younger brother of Mr NB Chan deserves a place in these records. Chan Ngo Choo enrolled in the Chinese Company, SVI, in its early days and by steady application and hard work rose to the rank of Sergeant, retiring after more than ten years' service.

 At the outbreak of the mutiny of the 5th Madras Light Infantry on the 15th February 1915, he offered his services, which were utilised in the dangerous work of visiting houses suspected of harbouring fugitive mutineers.

He was fearless in the discharge of this duty, and, sometimes, in the company of Sgt Teow Keong Hee, but oftener all alone, in various disguises and armed with a revolver, he would venture out on this quest.  Both the Governor and the General recognized the value of such work by making references to it in their public utterances.




Bukit Brown Burial Register 
Tan Cher Ker 
83 years old 
DOD 23 Apr 1944
DO Burial 24 Apr 1944 
Blk 3 Div D P187