Saturday, July 16, 2011

Seow Keng Lin, Siam

Seow Keng Lin (b 1862 Singapore – d 1933 Bangkok)

Mr. Seow Keng Lin, the son of Mr. Seow Teck Boo, was born in Singapore in 1862, and after receiving an English education at Raffles Institution, he entered the service of Messrs. Guthrie & Co., a wellknown firm in Singapore, where he remained for five years. Arriving in Bangkok in 1885, he joined the firm of Messrs. Windsor & Co. three years later as an assistant. Subsequently he was promoted to the responsible position of compradore, and now controls the whole of the firm's buying business in rice.

In many other directions also Mr. Seow Keng Lin's business enterprise has manifested itself. He holds the post of compradore to the firm of Messrs. Steel Bros., and is a large rice and general broker, handling a great deal of the rice output of many of the mills in Bangkok. He is a member of the committees of the local Chinese club, of the Chinese hospital, and also of the new Chinese
school which is now being established.

(source: Twentieth century impressions of Siam: its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources, by Arnold Wright, Oliver T. Breakspear)

MR. SEOW KENG LIN. Death In Bangkok At Age Of 70. The death has taken place, says the Bangkok Times, of Mr. Seow Keng Lin, who was over 70 years of age and came to Siam from the Straits Settlements some 50 years ago. Although a senior member of the Strait born Chinese, he led a quiet life. He was well known to influential rice millers, and served as rice compradore for Windsor & Co, before joining Steel Brothers & Co Ltd, also as rice compradore. He was with this firm at the time of his death.( The Straits Times, 4 July 1933, Page 12)

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