Dr Lim Boon Keng, Born into a Nonya-Baba family , a Queen’s Scholarship winner at Raffles Institution, trained as a doctor in Britian, and learning classical Chinese late in life, he epitomised in himself the various strands that make up the Peranakan heritage. Reformer, educator and legislator, he was one of the most influential men in Singapore’s History. He wrote, taught, lectured and campaigned on a variety of various causes,and served for over 20 years on the Legislative Assembly of the colonial Government of Singapore. He was the co-founder of the Straits Chinese Association – the progressive,Westernised grouping of “loyal Queen’s Chinese”,which was the forerunner of the Peranakan Association. He tried to foster ties between Singapore & China. and held a post from the last Emperor of China. He founded the Singapore Chinese Girls’s School; Miss Stella Kon’s father , Mr Lim Kok Ann, was born in his house at 2 Emerald Hill Road, which later became the site of the school. At the age of 52, Lim Boon Keng went to China to spend the golden years of his life in the difficult and challenging position of the President of Amoy University. He returned to Singapore before the Second World War. When the Japanese occupied Singapore, Lim Boon Keng was forced to become the Chairman of the Singapore Chinese Overseas Association; his work with the Japanese authorities cast an unjustified shadow over his name which remained till his death in 1957. Source : www.emilyofemeraldhill.com : Stella Kon Dr Lim Boon Keng also purchased a Bungalow site at Cairnhill and develop it into a row of 5 Terraces. Dr Julian Davison in his research have found for me the plans of these 5 Terraces and now the corner unit is put up for sale by the present owner.
Plans of 5 Terraces at Cairnhill Road . Dated 2.3.1914
Almusawa & Co. (fl. 1908–1923)
Architects, Commission Agents, Surveyors and Estimators, 2 Raffles Pl.
Commissioned By Dr Lim Boon Keng
Research By Dr Julian Davison
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