24 Jan '13, 2am

Honouring Tan Kheam Hock at Bukit Brown

Honouring Tan Kheam Hock at Bukit Brown

Tan was born in Penang in 1862 to a rich merchant. As a young man, he studied at the Penang Free School, and upon graduating was given a position in the Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London and China. Eight years after working, in 1887, he decided it was time to broaden his life and work experience by traveling. He headed to Calcutta and learnt about agricultural production over a two-year period. He arrived in Singapore in 1889 and got into the business at the Opium and Spirit Farm. The business had nothing to do with growing crops but was formed to exploit the system of government tenders awarded for the processing of opium and liquor, both valuable sources of revenue for the Straits Settlement government. … He was known for his progressive ideas, a champion for the education of Chinese girls and actively involved in movements to improve the welfare of the Chinese ...

Full article: http://yesterday.sg/buildings-and-monuments/honouring-tan...

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