Disclaimer: By agreeing to take walking tours  of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Useful info here: Getting There/游览信息

Friday 18 April, 9am – 11.30am.  Meeting place: At the Lor Halwa Main gates at Bukit Brown

Fabian and Steven will be guiding a tour on the Straits Settlement and life in the early days in Singapore. Get enriched by their stories of how pioneers, revolutionaries, missionaries and merchants alike  settled in Singapore.

If you have a facebook account please register  here . This is to help us keep track of numbers turning up

Sunday 20 April, 9am – 11.30am.  MEETING POINT: Junction of Lorong Halwa, Kheam Hock Road and Sime Road

What makes Bukit Brown so fascinating is the many layers of history academics and amateurs alike have uncovered. This is where Chinese pioneers were buried between 1922 and 1973. Their lives – prosperous and paupers – paint a society that blossomed after Stamford Raffles landed and made this part of the Straits Settlements, a gem in the British empire in the Far East. The links to Penang, Malacca and Johor speak of the colonial empire. The links to Java and Sumatra tell of the maritime empires under the British and the Dutch. The lives of the revolutionaries and reformists speak of a struggle for identity with the fall of Imperial China.

In the 1940s, this was site of fierce battles involving British (4th Suffolks) and Indian (Royal Deccan Horses) forces, near a village of Chinese and Malay civilians had lived.

Your guides are Claire, Ish  and Yik Han.  Together they will help piece together the importance of our multifaceted history laid bare in a cemetery. We welcome anyone with knowledge of personal stories to share them with us on the trail.

NOTE: A documentary film crew will also be attending the tour and filming. By agreeing to the tour, you agree to be on film.  We thank you for your understanding as we agreed to the filming as part of the outreach to raise awareness of this historic site.

If you have a facebook account please register here

“We guide rain or shine or exhumations.” – we urge you to wear sensible shoes, carry a bottle of water, put on insect repellent, and come with an open mind as we explore together. We share and talk as we walk, and learn from each other. Our walking tours are meant to be learning journeys, for both participants and guides. We believe in building communities and growing organically.

Sunday 20th April, 9am – 12pm Mandarin Guided Walk with Walter Lim

武吉布朗中文导览
丘菽园是家喻户晓的诗人报人,他创办天南与振南两份报刊,晚年为星洲日报编辑,并先后创设丽泽社、乐群文社、道南文社等诗社。冯蕉衣因为被郁达夫赏识,在他去世的时候写了一篇追悼文章,因此许多人曾经听闻这位潮州诗人的名字,但是关于他的诗集以及个人事迹流传不多。康研秋是和邱菽园同一年代的福州诗人,经常和邱菽园等人在报章发表诗词,但作品却未曾整理成诗集。梅泉宝接办南洋新总汇报,身为东主,他精通中英,写的一手好文章,但较深为人知的却是明珍庐(晚晴园)的原主人。另外还有陈楚楠,他和张永福先后创办总汇报和中兴报,而林镜秋却以三民主义的文章闻名,但他们却被视为革命家多过文人。我们可以看到当时的新加坡人材辈出,但文化绿洲何以成为文化沙漠?

 

PLEASE NOTE: These are the last guided walks before a 2 week break for QingMing. Guided walks will resume on the weekend of April 19th.

Meeting Point for all  guided walks is at the main gates entrance at the end of Lorong Halwa

Getting There/游览信息

If you have a facebook account, please register on the FB event page to give us an idea of numbers. If you don’t, no worries, just turn up at the gates.

Friday 21 Mar, 6.30 pm – 8.30pm : A stroll into the past with Andrew Lim

Andrew will throw a light on the lives and times of the Pioneers at the turn of 20th century Singapore in this special dusk to dark stroll. Please note, to bring your own torch lights for this guided walk.

FB registration here

Sat 22 Mar, 9am -11.30am :  Morning stroll of Hills 1 & 3 with Bianca Polak and Mil Phuah

They will be sharing stories of the past, tomb designs, and simply enjoying the walk in the greenery.

FB registration here

Sun 23 Mar, 9am-11.30am : Mandarin Guided Walk : 武吉布朗华语导览

一个小岛国的城市绿洲,武吉布朗,历史与丛林交汇的世外桃源!

武吉布朗导览义工 Fabien Tee和Yik Han 将为大家介绍安葬于武吉布朗墓园的新加坡开埠先驱及达官显要,这些先贤在二十世纪上半叶为新加坡作出了巨大的贡献.

我们也将探讨他们当时所处的历史背景。

在亲身瞻仰这些先贤的坟墓之余,大家也有机会认识墓碑和坟墓的不同设计及相关风水,以及了解华人的殡葬习俗。

陆路交通管理局授权的工程公司已经准备动工挖掘与迁坟,再过不久,4153座先贤的坟墓与遗骸将被发掘殆尽,道路工程也会开始,新加坡仅存的值得保留的历史遗迹也将被铲除。时间所剩不多,要了解武吉布朗的历史与文化价值就要赶紧参加我们的导览团。

Facebook registration here

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Point for all  guided walks is at the main gates entrance at the end of Lorong Halwa

If you have a facebook account, please register on the FB event page to give us an idea of numbers. If you don’t, no worries, just turn up at the gates.

Sat 15  March 2014 :  9am -11.30am – Introduction to Bukit Brown with Zhi Hao

FB registration here

Sun 16 March 2014 : 9 pm -11.3oam -  Heritage Walk with Fabian and Simone

Facebook registration here

The Brownies will shine a light on pioneers and  introduce you to tomb culture.

Disclaimer: By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

For information on how to get to Bukit Brown : http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=7250

For safety tips http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

 

 

Meeting Point for all  guided walks is at the main gates entrance at the end of Lorong Halwa

If you have a facebook account, please register on the FB event page to give us an idea of numbers. If you don’t no worries, just turn up at the gates.

Sat 8 March 2014 :  9am -11.30am – Ancestry run with Lim Su Min

Su Min’s family connects to Seow Poh Leng, Tan Tock Seng and Lim Boon Keng. At least 9 were /are buried at Bukit Brown. Su Min considers himself a “living fossil”. His tour will visit some of his ancestors and reflect on  his Peranakan heritage. His blog is http://limsumin-bukitbrowntrails.blogspot.sg/

Facebook registration here

Sat 8 March 2014 : 4 pm – 6.30 pm -  Stories of the Ladies in the Straits Settlements

In honour of International Women’s Day, join Simone Lee and Bianca Polak  for a leisurely afternoon stroll through Bukit Brown to listen to stories of bravery, strength, friendship, salvation, grief and achievements of the Ladies in the Straits Settlements. More information here

Facebook registration here

Sun 9 March 2014 : 9am – 11.30 – Stories behind the Carved Panels

Join Fabian Tee and Steven Toong as they unravel the stories behind the carved panels of gravestones  inspired by the Chinese classics such as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms  and the 24 filial piety exemplars.

Facebook registration here

Disclaimer: By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

For information on how to get to Bukit Brown : http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=7250

For safety tips http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 tours this coming weekend; 3 tours on Saturday 22nd Feb, 2 tours on Sunday 23 Feb:

Please note meeting place for all tours is at entrance to Bukit Brown on Jalan Halwa.

Please click on the facebook event links for more details and to register.
1) 22 Feb, 9am- Heritage Tour of Bukit Brown

https://www.facebook.com/events/590327791055583/

2) 22 Feb, 9am- Mandarin Tour

https://www.facebook.com/events/270624349770213/

3) 22nd Feb, 4pm- OutPost 65: Intro to Bukit Brown

https://www.facebook.com/events/245889195583876/

4) 23rd Feb, 9am- Heritage Tour of Bukit Brown

https://www.facebook.com/events/750089628342179/

5) 23rd Feb, 9am- Mandarin Tour

https://www.facebook.com/events/467034083398816/

Our weekend public tours are free, registration is recommended to provide the volunteer guides with a sense of numbers turning  up.

The volunteer guides known as brownies will shine a light on the notable pioneers including revolutionaries, social reformers, bankers, war heroes etc and the historical context of their lives and times. They will also explain tomb architecture and the significance to the after life.

Disclaimer: By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Useful information  on how to get there http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=7250

Visiting tips http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

 

 

Time 9 am – 12 pm

MEETING POINT: Junction of Lorong Halwa, Kheam Hock Road and Sime Road.

Feb 15, 1942 – Singapore, the “Impregnable Fortress” of the British Empire, falls to the Japanese invading forces.

Visit Bukit Brown Cemetery, site of fierce battles involving British (4th Suffolks) and Indian (Royal Deccan Horses) forces, near a village of Chinese and Malay civilians had lived.

Your guides are Claire and Ish Singh, and Peter Pak. Together they will help piece together an important day in Singapore history at the site, and recount personal stories of those buried there as well as an account of their families got caught up in the war. We welcome anyone with knowledge of the area and the battles fought there to join us and honour the memory of the war dead.

Disclaimer: By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Registration:
Please click ‘Join’ on the FB event page to let us know you are coming, how many pax are turning up, or just meet us at the starting point at 9am.

“We guide rain or shine or exhumations.” – we urge you to wear sensible shoes, carry a bottle of water, put on insect repellent, and come with an open mind as we explore together. We share and talk as we walk, and learn from each other. Our walking tours are meant to be learning journeys, for both participants and guides. We believe in building communities and growing organically.

** IMPORTANT NOTE: GETTING THERE: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=7250

Reading materials:

This was their last tour report, marking the day bombs first fell on Singapore: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=8389

To read about the 4th Suffolks battling the Japanese who came across Hellfire Corner on the evening of Feb 14, 1942: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=2193

To read about the Kheam Hock skirmish and massacre: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=8434

Bukit Brown is the only Singapore site on the World Monuments Fund Watch List of threatened heritage sites. Read more here: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=7930

Ish himself found a strong link to his Sikh roots through Bukit Brown: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=8394

Claire’s TEDx talk touches on the war: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYRiHjq_2uA

all things Bukit Brown will mark the weekend with tours and talks on both days. Keep an eye for updates.

War map

 

 

2月9日(星期日) : 0900 – 1200

新加坡是个移民社会,不论文化习俗都是由移民所引进,但民间的往来,其实产生一种对流。以坟墓旁的锡克卫兵为例,这是新加坡槟城等地区的独特习俗,但金门墓地也有这类锡克卫兵,这是早期在新加坡工作致富的金门人将这本土文化引进金门。金门最著名的就是抗战碉堡,许多人以为是国共对抗期间建造的,其实它是由长眠于武吉布朗的黄肖岩和林则杨于抗日时所督建。一水之遥的厦门,在世纪发生小刀会起义,创办人陈庆真其实是新加坡出生的英籍华人,小刀会起义还蔓延到上海。武吉布朗导览员林志强将带你参观黄肖岩与小刀会家族,以及金门与厦门先贤坟墓,和你一起探讨这股文化思想之回流。

免责声明:
“在本人同意参加武吉布朗的游览活动下,我了解及接受我必须具备体力上的条件。在法律容许的程度下,我同意承担自身及我所看护的人士(包括儿童或我所监护的人士)可能受到身体损伤的任何及所有风险。”若有任何疑点,一概以英文版为准。

Disclaimer: By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward).

报名:

我们在周末为公众提供的导览服务是免费的

理想人数为一团三十人(平均一名导览员十五人)

请在我们的Facebook活动页面按‘参加’/‘加入’,然后告诉我们共有多少人与你一同参加活动,或直接在活动当天在集合地点(按个别游览活动页面所示)与我们会合。

武吉布朗义工座右铭:风雨无阻,不见不散。

For information on how to get there and handy tips please visit Getting There/ 集合地点

Walter's tour

 

Meeting Place for all guided walks : Gates at end of Lorong Halwa

Saturday 8 Feb  2014 :   0900- 1200

Bukit Brown is on the World Monuments Watch list 2014 . Find out what makes this a heritage site worthy of preserving. http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=7930

Fabian and Yik Han will shine a light on the notable pioneers including revolutionaries, social reformers, bankers, war heroes etc and the historical context of their lives and times. They will also explain tomb architecture and the significance to the after life. This tour will concentrate on notable tombs in Hill 4. There will be a NHK film team following this tour.

Disclaimer: By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Registration:

Our weekend public tours are FREE …
Optimally the group size is 30 participants (15 individuals/guide).

Please click ‘Join’ on the FB event page to let us know you are coming, how many pax are turning up, or just meet us at the starting point at 9am. We meet there rain or shine.

“We guide rain, shine or exhumations”

For information on how to get there and handy tips please visit Getting There/ 集合地点

Four of the Immortals (photo Jim Wong

Four of the Immortals (photo Jim Wong

 

 

Meeting Point for all events at Lorong Halwa gates. We guide rain, shine or exhumations

Sat 25 Jan, 2014:   9am- 12 pm  with Fabian Tee  (Facebook Registration Here)

Sun 26 Jan, 2014:   9am- 12 pm  with Yik Han & Zhi Hao  (Facebook Registration Here)

The Brownies will shine a light on the notable pioneers including revolutionaries, social reformers, bankers, war heroes etc and the historical context of their lives and times. They will also explain tomb architecture and the significance to the after life.

Disclaimer: By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

General Information:

Bukit Brown is on the World Monuments Watch list 2014 . Find out what makes this a heritage site worthy of preserving. http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=7930

For information on how to get there and handy tips please visit Getting There/ 集合地点

Beauty shot_photo Ang Yik Han

(photo Ang Yik Han)

 

 The Lim Hock Seng Family

An update:

On the morning of Sunday, June 22 ’14,  Raymond Goh was on his usual weekend exploration of Bukit Brown when he came across the tomb of Ngo Kim Neo who died young at 22 years old in 1927.

Ngo Kim Neo 1_wife of Lim Hock Seng

Ngo Kim Neo (1927), wife of Lim Hock Seng (photo Raymond Goh)

On her tomb was inscribed,  she was the wife of Lim Hock Seng (see the original story below) and she left behind 4 children, Sons: Lim Cheng Chuan and Lim Cheng Ean; Daughters:  Lim Khoon Neo (Lucy) and Lim Geok Kiat.

Ngo Kim Neo 2_Cheng Ean son

Lim Cheng Ean’s name inscribed on tombstone (photo Raymond Goh)

What was intriguing was the name of Lim Cheng Ean  which was included in the  inscription as her son, as he was born in 1934,  7 years after the death of Madam Ngo Kim Neo.

We emailed the daughter of Lim Cheng Ean  to inform her of the find and if she could throw some light on the matter.

This was her reply:

“I have managed to gather some brief knowledge about Ngo Kim Neo from my mother.  Apparently Lim Hock Seng married 2 sisters.  The first died very young without children and her grieving parents offered their second daughter, who must be Ngo Kim Neo, to him.  She had 2 daughters and then sadly died giving birth to my father’s older brother, Lim Cheng Chuan, who was known in the family as the ‘Tiger Baby’ because he ‘ate his mother while being born’ (1927 was indeed the year of the tiger) .  I’m not sure if this is a Chinese superstition, or just a Lim family ‘fable’.  My father will be so moved to see the photo that I am posting to him today.  I doubt he has ever seen the grave, or his own name credited as her son on the tombstone.  His sister, Lucy (Lim Khoon Neo), was very close to him  ” Gillian  Mendy nee Lim, 23 June’2014  

Gillian further explained that, her father’s (Lim Cheng Ean) mother was Lim Hock Seng’s third wife, Khoo  Ah Tho,  brought from Penang to marry him and look after the 3 young children left behind by Ngo Kim Neo.

From Gillian’s information, we gleaned that after Lim Cheng Ean was born, the tombstone of Madam Ngo was replaced to include his name to acknowledge Madam Ngo as his mother. We are not sure what customary practice led to this, or maybe it was  a husband’s last loving tribute to the wife who bore him 3 children before she  passed away at childbirth at the tender age of 22.

In sharing with us the close relationship her father had with his half sister, Lucy Lim Khoon Neo, Gillian attached an article  on her aunt’s wedding and another line  of family connection was revealed.  Lucy  Lim married   Cheong Thiam Siew, Chairman of Frank Knight,  who was the  son of Cheong Hock Seng, and grandson of Cheong Koon Seng  Her husband came from an illustrious and blue-chip line of property auctioneers.

And finally Gillian shared  that her father who was in a fragile state of health when she first wrote to us in in January of this year,  has improved and just celebrated his 80th birthday. The family put together a scrap book of his Lim ancestors, and the photos we had sent earlier of his father’s and his grandparent’s graves at Bukit Brown was the centerpiece of the book.

*****

All Things Bukit Brown received an email this morning  (14 January) addressed to Raymond Goh. It was from Gillian Mendy (Lim)  from London, asking if her grandfather’s  Lim Hock Seng’s grave was affected by the highway. Her email read:

“Your Bukit Brown website is incredibly informative and interesting.  We have only just discovered about the planned road works through the cemetery.

My grandfather is buried at Bukit Brown and we are trying to find out if his grave is affected by the road project.  The family now live in England.  If it is affected then we would come to Singapore to  claim the remains.  

My father is now 80 and very ill so I would be extremely grateful if you could either help or let me know who is the appropriate person to contact to try and trace the grave because it would mean a lot to him. 
 
The documentation of the affected graves online is very helpful but the names are mostly in Chinese so I have been unable to find if he is listed.
 
I have found the burial register and plot details.  These are:
 
Name: Lim Hock Seng
Date: 9 April 1946
Age: 46 years
Plot ‘A’ 368 (IV)
Register Entry: 1554
 
This was his Death Announcement in the Straits Times.

 
I believe the plot may come under the affected area but I cannot find a list of affected graves showing their original plot number. His name is not listed on the published lists but I am worried that his tombstone may be one of the illegible or damaged ones.
 
We are grateful for any help you may spare, I look forward to hearing from you.” Gillian Mendy.
We forwarded Gillian’s email to Raymond who is presently in India on a business trip and within one and a half hours,  Raymond replied :
“Hi Gillian, don’t worry, the tomb is not affected. In fact Hock Seng and his parents’ tomb are now one of the most beautiful tombs in BB. Hock Seng father is Lim Peng Chin and mother is Tan Po Neo, and I believed his uncle was Lim Peng Siang, one of the pioneers of Singapore. Here is a news of his mother death. You can see they stay in the same address.  I am overseas now , but will be able to send you photos in a couple of days when I am back. Cath, their tombs is in Blk 4a before going to Tan Quee Kan cluster, we pass by a trio of very big and beautiful tombs with exquisite carvings of deities, Hock Seng is positioned on front of his parents’ tombs” Raymond Goh.
We did not wait for Raymond to return. Brownies Sugen Ramiah and Victor Lim were mobilized , with Catherine following Raymond’s directions to a “T” . We found the tombs and  have forwarded the photos to Gillian. She has given us permission to share her story.
” It was very moving to receive the photographs of the family tombs, especially after hearing so much about my grandfather since I was small. The information you have given will be such a great assistance in tracing the family history.
 
When he last visited Singapore, my father spent hours searching for the location of his family tombs but gave up and assumed all was lost.  Even yesterday, when I mentioned that I had found the burial register entry for Lim Hock Seng, my father sadly said that his grave was no longer there!  He will be very overcome when I give him the photos.  My father’s Chinese name is Lim Cheng Ean and he is listed on Tan Po Neo’s tombstone as a grandchild.  This brought tears to my eyes.Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help.”  Gillian Mendy
Request fulfilled in record time, because Raymond Goh seems to carry with him,  where ever he goes, an inbuilt repository of Bukit Brown in his head and heart.
***
1) The grave of Lim Hock Seng (Gillian’s grandfather) , behind are the graves of  his parents (Gillian’s great grandparents)
Lim Hock Seng (Sugen Ramiah)
2) The double graves of Lim Chin Peng & his wife Tan Po Neo  (Gillian’s great grandparents)
Lim Peng Chin (photo Sugen Ramiah)
3) An unusual memorial stone (about the size of the earth deity) dedicated to the memory of Mr & Mrs Lim Peng Chin located on the right hand corner of their graves. It singles out  Tan Po Neo’s  (Mrs Lim Peng Chin) death date. Note the name of son  Lim Hock Seng and  grandson Lim Cheng Ean ( they are father and son respectively)
Tan Po Neo (photo Sugen Ramiah)
4)  The Earth Deity located on the left hand corner  of Mr & Mrs Lim Peng Chin’s graves.
Earth Diety (photo Sugen Ramiah)
 (photos by Sugen Ramiah )

 

 

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