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Lim Kim Seng (林錦成, 1884-1967, LTA Peg No. 1930)



Lim Kim Seng was born in 1884 and educated at Raffles Institution. He was a Municipal Commissioner and Justice of the Peace. He also served on the Board for the Secretary of Chinese Affairs, the Licensing Board of Justices (a board set up by the British Colonial government that granted /renewed licenses for bars), Tobacco and Spirits Licensing Board and the Committee of Po Leung Kuk (a Society for the Protection of Woman and Children).

Lim Kim Seng was also a prominent Teochew leader. He served on Ngee Ann Kongsi's Board of Directors, and helped set up the Ngee Ann Girls' School, which eventually became the Ngee Ann Primary School in 1967. He was also on the board of the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan.

 Lim Kim Seng was involved in the kerosene and gasoline businesses and was also a director in the Overseas Assurance Corporation.

He was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) in 1954.  
Lim Kim Seng passed away at the age of 83 on 20 August 1967.

Family: Lim Kim Seng left behind his two wives (Teo Nghee Cheng and Sng Chew Lan), four sons (Lim Eng Tong, Lim Eng Kee, Lim Eng Hock, Lim Eng Kiong), one adopted son and four daughters. His mother, Sng Sye Chan, and wives were buried in the same grave cluster.


Grave characteristics: This cluster represents typical Teochew graves, with the armchair-like frame and curving flanks. The headstone also has split gourd-shaped brackets by the side. Note also that for Teochews, the given names of the deceased are painted in green, while the family names are painted in red. Green is symbolic of death while red is symbolic of life. In addition, it is typical that only the name(s) of spouses and not children are added to the headstone.


Authors: Peter Pak, Hui Yew-Foong