started business as a contractor. His first work was for the Rangoon Public Works Department, and he afterwards undertook contracts for the municipality and Port Trust. At the present time he employs some two thousand men, and is engaged in carrying out contracts for the railways. He has also established a sundries business at 113, Dalhousie Street, Rangoon ; a sauce factory and a timber depot at Ahlone; two pawnshops in Rangoon, and a sundries store at Myaungmya. He has been married twiceafirst to Bony Ah Lan, and afterwards to Tan Ah Foon. His eldest son, Leong Guan Hong,
Chamber of Commerce. His father, Mr. Tan Boon Tee, of Amoy, emigrated to Rangoon nearly fifty years ago, and started business as a general trader, dealing in rice and Chinese produce. This business, which is now carried on by Mr. Tan Kim Chye, under the style of Eng Bang Whet e Co., has proved very successful. It has branches at Calcutta (Eng Kiat Chan), Singapore (Hup Leong), and Amoy (Eng Sang), and correspondents at Hongkong. The head-office is at 73, Strand Road, Rangoon. Mr. Tan Kim Chye, who was born in Rangoon in 1869, has two younger brothersaTan Kim Chwan
Amoy in 1848. At the age of thirteen he was taken by his brother-in-law to Bangkok, Hongkong, Shanghai, and Chefoo. Four years later he went to Penang, and carried on business there in a small wTay for about five years. Then he came to Rangoon and established the firm of Sin Khay Seng, exporting rice and cutch to Europe through local European firms, and importing rattan, jade, and other goods. The firm, which was thus established nearly forty years ago, now has several branches in Burma. Mr. Peh Beng Teng married first Yeoh Gaik Eong, who died in April, 1905. He has five sons
1. TAN KIM CHYE (PROPRIETOR). 2. ENG BANG- WHET e CO.aS RICE MILL ON THE KANOUNGTOE CREEK.
3. TAN BOO TEE (FATHER).
was educated in China, and is now studying English at the Methodist Boysa School, East Rangoon. The second and third sons, Leong Quen Hong and Leong Gheng Cheang, are attending St. Xavieras School, Penang. Leong Yit Hong, the fourth son, is only four years old. Mr. Leong Hain Kee devotes considerable sums of money to charities, and sent generous contributions to China during the famine.
MR. TAN KIM CHYE is head of the clan Tan, and vice-president of the Chinese
and Tan Kim Choonaand two sisters. The owner of considerable house property and of a rice mill at Kanoungtoe Creek, he is very generous to the poor, and supports the Chinese school, Teon What. He is a married man with four sons.
MR. PEH BENG TENG, who has a seat on the committee of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, is a well-known merchant and landed proprietor. A son of the late Peh Chek Kovv, of Amoy, and Ang Kor Wah, who is eighty years of age, he was born at
and one daughter. The eldest son, Peh Chye Hwat, is married to Neoh Syen Lwee, of Penang, and has one son and one daughter ; the second son, Peh Chye Seong, is, like his eldest brother, in his fatheras business ; the third son, Peh Chye Khim, is employed by Messrs. Steel Brothers, Ltd. ; the fourth son, Peh Chye Hong, is in his fatheras business as a cashier ; and the fifth son, Peh Chye Lye, is also in his fatheras business. The daughter, Peh Nyor Wah, is married to Tan Toon Lake, of Rangoon. Mr. Peh Beng Tengas present wife is Tai Soon.and one daughter. The eldest son, Peh Chye Hwat, is married to Neoh Syen Lwee, of Penang, and has one son and one daughter ; the second son, Peh Chye Seong, is, like his eldest brother, in his fathera s business ; the third son, Peh Chye Khim, is employed by Messrs. Steel Brothers, Ltd. ; the fourth son, Peh Chye Hong, is in his fathera s business as a cashier ; and the fifth son, Peh Chye Lye, is also in his fathera s business. The daughter, Peh Nyor Wah, is married to Tan Toon Lake, of Rangoon. Mr. Peh Beng Tenga s present wife is Tai Soon.