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October 2017

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2017年10月16日 3:30 AM
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曾捐助天福宫创建的福建商人邱院的古墓本月9日起坟时的情景。(吕世聪提供)

从考古角度看,这项新发现令本地的文史工作者相当兴奋。过去出土的陪葬品,以玉器最为常见,这次却挖出有落款的孟臣壶,只可惜没找到壶盖和断落的壶嘴。

天福宫在1840年创建时,名叫邱院的福建商人捐了36元叻币。上个星期一,邱院那座已有175年历史的古墓因新加坡中央医院的扩建工程不得不起坟迁移时,工作人员在他的坟墓内挖出一只孟臣紫砂茶壶和保存完好的白瓷杯。出土陪葬品还包括一个陶药罐和另一个陶器的碎片。

从考古角度看,这项新发现令本地的文史工作者相当兴奋。过去出土的陪葬品,以玉器最为常见,这次却挖出有落款的孟臣壶,只可惜没找到壶盖和断落的壶嘴。


邱院的墓本月9日起坟时,本地寻墓人吴安全和吴安龙兄弟、福建会馆代表许振义、文史研究者吕世聪,还有国家文物局研究员吴庆辉都在现场,亲眼目睹了上述陪葬品出土,还帮忙清洗壶和杯,并在壶的底部发现“天香云外来,孟臣”的落款。

祖籍福建新江的邱院和我国早期文化人邱菽园是同乡。本地的海澄新江邱氏都以元代末年从同安迁到龙溪三都郑墩村(即后来的新江)的迁荣公为开基祖。“邱”本来是“丘”,清朝时因避讳和孔子之名孔丘一样,才从丘改为邱。

邱院的生平还有待考证与研究,但他能在天福宫创建时捐出36元叻币,显示他应该是开埠时期有点实力的商人。36元叻币在1840年是个不容小觑的数额,也因为如此,他的名字才会被刻在天福宫立于1850年的碑铭上。

邱院的墓碑立于“道光壬寅年葭月”(1842年),是由他的儿子邱元芳和邱元营所立。这座古墓在起坟时的位置在新加坡中央医院范围内。1992年之前,那里是石叻小学旧址。如果回溯到175年前(即邱院下葬时)则是我国最早的坟场恒山亭。恒山亭过去也被人们称为老塚(Tiong Lama)。

蔡氏先人蔡源流古墓 没找到遗骸或陪葬品
这次受中央医院扩建工程影响的还有一座立于1857年的清代古墓和黄姑娘神龛。属于蔡氏先人蔡源流的古墓同样在上星期一起坟,但承包商没有找到遗骸或陪葬品。最早找到这一古墓的吴安龙说,他找到墓碑时,墓碑已倒了下来,上周起坟时,发现墓碑是在一棵树下,可能因为墓碑已经移位,工作人员最后没有找到棺木或遗骸。

2014年10月,吴安全、吴安龙兄弟在红山锡克庙对面的中央医院园地内,发现10多个蔡姓古墓,相信是济阳蔡氏公塚(过去称为“龟仔山”)所留下的古坟。这些古墓的年代介于1850年至1883年之间。

吴安全说,在发现蔡氏古墓后,他们准备办导览团,却在这过程中找到邱院立于1842年的古墓。他今年带领陈笃生的后人参观天福宫时,再仔细阅读天福宫立于1850年的碑铭时,发现邱院的名字列在其中,才知道原来邱院是当年出钱建天福宫的人之一。他赶紧通知国家文物局和福建会馆。

卫生部今年9月5日在报章刊登通告,说明邱院和蔡源流的古墓,以及黄姑娘神龛受发展计划影响必须迁移,希望后人前来认领。济阳蔡氏宗祠出面认领了蔡源流的墓,但没人认领邱院的墓。

卫生部后来和国家文物局及环境局合作,对即将迁移的古墓和神龛做了记录,并安排把黄姑娘的神龛和邱院的骨灰安置在惹兰红山的阿南达弥提雅拉玛泰国寺。蔡源流的骨灰则由蔡氏宗祠安置在蔡厝港骨灰塔内。当局前天和昨天为这次迁移办了一场“黄籙大斋乙昼夜追荐功德道场”。



The story starts with the discovery of Wee Theam Tew's grave in Lao Sua....




The search for Wee Theam Tew's roots begin.....

Exhumation notice published in Nanyang Siang Pau in Sep 1971 of the exhumation of Wee Hee and his wife and Wee Kay Cheang and his wife




Straits Times 1971 Sep 17



Yuen Fu Li - posthumous name of 阮啓昌 Wee Kay Cheang

Year of death - 1882/1883 - correspond to the year he wrote the will and said he was sick

Wu So Chun - posthumous name of 吳德娘, Goh Teck Neo, Kay Cheang's wife

Sons: from the way they write, the middle son is the eldest as they copy from right to left ie
Tim Seng - 添成
Tim Tow - 添籌
Tim Beng - 添銘
Sia Neo - 霞娘

Yuen Chen Lan -1873/1874 posthumous name of Wee Hee

NB : Wee Hee wrote his will on 8th Aug 1871 and passed away on or around 1st March 1873

Chi Tai - Kay Tye - son mentioned in his will
Chi Chang - Kay Cheang
Mun Neo
Choi Yuen
Tim Chye - Theam (Cham) Chye mentioned in his will (presently of Amoy in China)
Tim So - Theam (Cham) Siew mentioned in his will (presently of Amoy in China)
Tim Tow - Theam Tew
Tim Seng - Theam Seng

Chuan Yi - should be Wee Hee wife Lim Gun Neo



Wife of Wee Hee reburied in Bukit Brown from Heng San Teng.
Tomb date : 1858 lunar 6th month
Mdm Gay Posthumous name - Qing Ee (Meaning Quiet One)

Sons : Kay Tye
Kay Cheang
Kay Seng
Daughters: Mun Neo, Chai Hoon

Wee Hee and Wee Kay Cheang burial land




Based on analysis of the respective wills and land deeds with the help of Charles,  I am now able to determine the final resting place of Mr and Mrs Wee Hee and Mr and Mrs Wee Kay Cheang.

They are reburied in CCK 482A12,13,14,15 on 15 Nov 1971 after the exhumation notice was published in Straits Times and Nanyang Siang Pau



Wee Hee



Mrs Wee Hee nee Lim Gun Neo



Wee Kay Cheang 



Mrs Wee Kay Cheang nee Goh Tek Neo


Wee Hee tablet



明贈義士號大總理諱錫禧阮府君禄位
The spirit tablet of Patriotic Guardsman Conferred By the
Ming the honourable Ruan, personal name Xixi, [who held the position of] General Headman

(Ref:  David Chng book)

Wee Hee and Chop Hong Seng




Singapore Free Press 1st Nov 1860




Wee Hee's will

Wednesday 16th Apr 1873 In Open Court
Present
His Honor Thomas Sidgreaves Esq
Chief Justice

It is ordered that Probate of the Last Will and Testament of Wee Hee sometimes called Wee Tian Siew deceased be issued to Wee Kay Cheang the Executor in the said Will named upon his taking the prescribed oath





Wee Kay Cheang's will (in Chinese)




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Mrs Wee Theam Tew nee Tan Bee Choo



14 Dec 1939 Straits Times

Mrs Wee Theam Tew 68 yrs of age, of 49-A Emerald Hill Road, died on Dec 13, 1939 and was buried in BBHP, Blk 4 Sec C Tomb No 1787. She left behind 2 sons Chye Hin and Chye Hoe, two daughters, eighteen grandchildren including Tan Hock Chuan and 5 great grandchildren



Her husband Theam Tew's brother was Wee Theam Seng's whose 6 daughters were married to:

Kwa Siew Tee
Yeo Chiang Swee
Gaw Khek Swee
Gaw Khek Chiew
Lauw Pek Tjin
Tan Chin Tuan

Death of Tan Chin Hoon (son of Tan Koon Swee),  father in law of Wee Theam Tew, age 56, in 1899
Kabar Slalu 1924 Mar 22 Baba Tan Chin Hoon




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The Story of Wee Theam Tew

Source :  One hundred years' history of the Chinese in Singapore by Song Ong Siang


Source:  Twenty Century Impressions of British Malaya, pg 634

Mr Wee Theam Tew, one of the leading Chinese legal practitioners of Singapore, comes of a family who have resided in the Straits Settlement for 3 generations. His grandfather, Wee Theam Soo, came from China as a literary graduate, and together with Dr Lim Boon Keng's father and Mr Cheang Hong Lim's father, to whom reference is made on another page,  acquired the first opium farm in the colony. Mr Wee Theam Tew was educated locally, after which he entered a commerical house in Singapore and rapidly rose from the position of clerk to that of manager. He was however, attracted to the legal profession, and, enrolling himself as a student of Lincoln's Inn, he was called to the Bar in 1897.

Returning from London to the East, he was appointed secretary to the Prince of Su, the military governer of Peking,but after occupying that position for a short time, he came back to Singapore and commenced practice as a barrister. He has now attained an honourable position in the profession and built up an extensive practice

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Singapore Free Press 1897 Aug 12

Wee Thiam Tew became the second Chinese resident of Singapore to qualify for the legal profession in English



Straits Times 18 Jul, 1900

Wee Theam Tew calling to fight against the Boxers and the Manchus
STRAITS CHINESE FOR CHINA.
The Straits Times, 18 July 1900, Page 2



Straits Times 6 Feb 1901,  Wee Thiam Tew elected as Municipal Commisioner for Rochore Ward

















PRINCE CHUN'S ARRIVAL and Wee Theam Tew address on behalf of the Straits born Chinese
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942),
31 July 1901, Page 3





Wee Theam Tew takes up post in China

14 Aug 1902 Straits Times






10 Oct. 1902

阮添疇 Wee Theam Tew a Chinese fr. Singapore who says he and his father were born
there was introduced by Cowie, to talk abt. the Kalgan line. He says Chang Yen mao and
Wang Wen-shao sent for him to ask whether he cld. raise money in Singapore for a railway
to Kalgan. They said China had not the money, and the Russians who were pressing them
wd. certainly insist on doing it themselves if they did not. But there was an agreement that
it must be built by China herself, with her own money. Now he could easily get the money
in Singapore, and Chang Yen mao said the Govt. would give a guarantee of 5%. If he got
the concession wd. he be supported? For otherwise the Singapore Chinese wd. simply lose
their money.
I said I wd. think over it, and if I had anything to tell him, wd. send to him thro’ Cowie.
Teleg’d to Fr[ank]. Swettenham to ask about him.

Source:
The Diaries of Sir Ernest Satow,British Envoy in Peking (1900-06)_vol.1(1900-03)

14 Jan 1903 Straits Times - Wee Thiam Tew to return to Singapore


《南亭联话》清·李伯元

肃亲王联

阮添筹大状师,现为肃亲王聘作幕府参谋,闻王虚怀若谷,于阮君尤为敬礼。某日,王在邸第宴崇文门税务诸员,阮君预坐,位居王右。席间用摄光法以留小影,复亲笔题联一副赠之曰:“孺子亦知名下士;乐人多唱卷中诗。”上款书“添筹大法家雅属”,下书“肃亲王”三字。


Death of Wee Theam Tew in 1918








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