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Bukit Brown Cemetery 6

Neo Tiew was born in China in 1884. He had joined the Chinese Army and at some point, migrated to Singapore. He took up residence quite far away from the city center, gradually contributing in to the build up of a travellers' inn, a village, roads and houses, even a seaport. Owing to his military background, he also came around to running his own justice force that meted out brutal punishments in the village. As a result, crime was extremely low in this area. During the WWII, he raised funds for the Chinese cause and even went over to the mainland. When the Japanese successfully invaded Singapore, Neo's family were massacred by the Japanese conquerors. After the war, Neo returned to his former role.

 

Seen here are the graves of his mother (right) and second wife (left).

Bukit Brown Cemetery 6

Neo Tiew was born in China in 1884. He had joined the Chinese Army and at some point, migrated to Singapore. He took up residence quite far away from the city center, gradually contributing in to the build up of a travellers' inn, a village, roads and houses, even a seaport. Owing to his military background, he also came around to running his own justice force that meted out brutal punishments in the village. As a result, crime was extremely low in this area. During the WWII, he raised funds for the Chinese cause and even went over to the mainland. When the Japanese successfully invaded Singapore, Neo's family were massacred by the Japanese conquerors. After the war, Neo returned to his former role.

 

Seen here are the graves of his mother (right) and second wife (left).

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Dec 2017, 00:13
It is a fascinating history lesson you have compiled, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: All thanks to the organizers for their meticulous work, Ray.
You have indeed unearthed some interesting facts... Thank you for educating us!
Ayush Basu: It was a learning journey for me. All thanks to the organizers for their meticulous work, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 26 Dec 2017, 06:43
Fascinating history Ayush
Ayush Basu: I agree. We are almost at the end of this walk, Chris.
Graveyards hold so many stories Ayush
Ayush Basu: About 80 thousand of them here, Bill!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Dec 2017, 09:41
Two wives, and I thought they would be his and hers.
Ayush Basu: I suspect it is wild oats and all, Chad.
The green algae shows the dampness here.
Ayush Basu: I suppose the humid, wet weather of Singapore with plenty of tree lined cover at this place promotes algae growth here, Mary.
I won't comment on his methods of running his village, but isn't always the way that people of his type manage to get safely away when danger draws near and then they return to where they left off once all is safe for them once again.
Ayush Basu: I see your line of reasoning and can think of some characters that fit the description, Brian. In this instance, Neo Tiew performed several tasks in civil administration which overlapped that of the British colonial rulers of Singapore at that time and therefore he was considered a valuable ally of the British in that sense.
There is much history waiting to be told...
Ayush Basu: All thanks to the organizers for their meticulous work, Larry.
That is very interesting.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for following this, Michael
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Dec 2017, 04:50
That is quite the history and a wonderful resting place. Love all the green here.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Astrid. It is in the heart of nature as far as possible in Singapore.
You are demonstrating for us so well, Ayush, why cemeteries are so fascinating and educational!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Ginnie, I myself am learning so much about Singapore and the ethnic Chinese.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Dec 2017, 07:18
Your research has uncovered some fascinating history of the place. Good to hear about the low crime rates.
Ayush Basu: Nowadays it is more to do with the loads of CCTVs almost everywhere, Alan.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 27 Dec 2017, 10:24
wow what a story, sad too... i feel for a man who lost his whole family...
Ayush Basu: Those were the times of the Japanese occupation of Singapore and it was more common than we think, for people to lose many family members, Elaine. It is sad indeed.
Are they still going to build the highway at Bukit Brown?
Ayush Basu: Oh yes, it is in progress already.
This cemetery contains some fascinating stories, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I spent 6 hours there and did not realize the time spent, Tom.

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