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Siok Kim Tan

Immediate Family:

Daughter of TAN Keong Keng and Wife 2: KOH Tham Neo
Wife of CHEW Chong Yong
Mother of Dr Benjamin Chew; Ada Chew; Anne Chew; Joseph Chew and Timothy Chew
Sister of TAN Swee Eng; Swee Tin Tan; TAN Swee Loo; TAN Cheng Watt; TAN Swee Choo and 2 others
Half sister of TAN Cheng Tiong and TAN Cheng Liam

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About TAN Siok Kim

"In 1905 Tan Keong Keng decided that Besar, as his eldest daughter was known, should marry. As she insisted on a Christian husband, Shellabear agreed to play matchmaker. He was despatched to Singapore to look for a suitable husband for her and returned with three prospects. Chew Cheng Yong, a teacher at the Anglo-Chinese School from a Baba family, was selected by Mr. Tan. In a compromise with Mrs. Tan, who had insisted that the bride and groom should not see each other before the wedding, Besar was allowed to peek at Cheng Yong through a hole in a fan and an open door, while he sat in the sitting-room of the missionary residence. After a traditional Baba ceremony in the Tan residence, a smaller Christian wedding was held in the mission residence. Shellabear presided, as Besar was first baptised and then married."

(R. Hunt, 'William Shellabear: A Biography', Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press, 1996, p. 167.)

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TAN Siok Kim's Timeline

October 11, 1907
Malacca, Malaysia
March 31, 1909
December 11, 1915