2012
Nov
25

Found but Under Threat?

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Seah Eu Chin (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

Seah Eu Chin’s tomb has just been found in the greater Bukit Brown area and already, appears to be under threat as it lies along the proposed North-South Highway, Lianhe Zaobao reports:

 

魏瑜嶙 
@魏瑜嶙 
elynh@sph.com.sg 

  义安公司创始人佘有进(1805-1883),被发现葬在大巴窑镇边一座状似元宝的坟山顶端,不过古墓园早已被丛生杂树和藤蔓湮没,半个多世纪来,几乎没有人知道这个丛林间长眠着本地名噪一时的先驱人物。 

  上个星期五,亚洲超自然侦探协会创办人吴安全(右)和弟弟吴安龙,经过一年的寻觅后,在汤申路附近的大巴窑西路,发现佘有进和两位夫人合葬的墓园。佘有进墓园占地面积相信和较早发现的本地最大的闽籍富商王三龙墓园差不多。由于年代久远,坟墓一些石角也已剥落,但从四周矮围墙和福神位置,不难看出墓园的宏伟。 

  这相信是本地目前所发现的最大潮籍人坟墓。佘有进有“甘蜜大王”称号,中峇鲁区内的“有进街”(Eu Chin Street)就是以他的名字命名。 

  他有四个儿子,其中靠近桥北路的连城街(Liang Seah Street)和丹戎巴葛的柏城街(Peck Seah Street),是以他两个在华社颇有名望的儿子佘连城和佘柏城名字命名,他们俩曾被英国殖民地政府封为太平绅士。 

  据知,由于古墓园所在之地,刚好是陆路交通管理局去年公布拟建的南北高速公路大巴窑坡出入口,很可能会被迫让路。

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Today, Raymond brought the descendants to see the newly found tomb. The volunteers of Bukit Brown, known as Brownies, assisted through the thick undergrowth and found an intricate tomb worthy of preservation as a treasured example of the resting place of a Teochew leader.

Seah Eu Chin (1805-1883)

Singapore’s Pioneer Gambier and Pepper Plantation King

Founder of Ngee Ann Kongsi

 

map of Grave Hill, where Seah Eu Chin’s tomb lies (Photo: Raymond Goh)

 

The foundation he built with others: Ngee Ann Kongsi plaque

Raymond shows the tomb to a descendant, hidden for privacy reasons (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

Jian lian artwork on Seah Eu Chin’s tomb (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

Jian lian artwork on Seah Eu Chin’s tomb (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

Jian lian artwork on Seah Eu Chin’s tomb (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

(Above) The artwork is called jian lian or mosaic sculptures.

(Below) Tomb of Seah Eu Chin, founder of Ngee Ann Kongsi, with his two wives Tan Beng Guat and Tan Beng Choo.

 

Seah Eu Chin’s tomb inscription (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

The determination of the brothers Charles and Raymond Goh to find this tomb, despite encountering snakes and bees, inspired these words from Lee Eng Kong:

安全安龙俩兄弟,
武吉布朗走透透,
为了寻找古墓园,
黄蜂毒蛇不畏惧,
年复一年觅觅寻,

皇天不负有心人,
终于寻得佘有进,
功德无量好福报,
坟场达人赞赞赞!

 

ANother old map showing Grave Hill, in the left bottom quadrant:

Grave Hill, circa 1964  (Source: The Society of Maps)

 

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