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in Mandalay ; and in Amoy. The head office is at 51, Strand Road, Rangoon.
MR. TAN SEW HIM is the managing partner in the hides and sundries business of Eng Bee e Co., at 53, Strand Road, and
1. Tax Polai (Head Broker, Mohr Bros. e Go. ,Ltd.)
2. Tan Toe (Rangoon).
3. Eng Foke Sein (Rangoon).
in the rice mill of Eng Ban Whet e Co. His father, Tan Boon Ban, came to Rangoon from Amoy, China, when in his eighteenth year, and started the hides business. So successful did it prove that he decided to further extend his operations, and a sundries business was added. The paddy and rice business also held out great prospects to the enterprising merchant at that time, and Tan Boon Ban determined to try his fortune in this direction. Success again rewarded his efforts, and very shortly be established a rice mill. Later a plot of land was purchased in Kamakasit, a new mill was built, and a company was formed to work it under the title of Eng Ban Whet e Co. As his wealth accumulated, Tan Boon Ban purchased many valuable properties in Rangoon, Mandalay, and Prome. He died in 1906, the father of five sons and six daughters. The sons are Tan Sew Kow, Tan Sew Him, Tan Sew Tee, Tan Sew Phaw, and Tan Sew Haw. At his death letters of administration were granted to the three first named sons.
MR. LEE AH LYE is the sole proprietor of the business of Messrs. Hone Kyan e Co., general merchants, Dalhousie Street, Rangoon. He is a member of a well-known and respected family, his parents being Lee Nie Hee and
Ma Pwa. The former, a native of Canton, China, settled in Rangoon some forty-five years ago, and by his industry and enterprise built up an extensive export business, chiefly in jade. Mr. Lee Ah Lye has a brother, Mr. Lee Ah Yain, who is a barrister of the
4. Moay Chee (Bassein).
5. The late Khoo Jeow (Father of Khoo Kim Cheng.)
6. Leong Chye (Moulmein).
Chief Court of Lower Burma. Three other brothers, Whom Lee, Ah Moo, and Lee Ah Chong, were for some years honorary magistrates of Rangoon, but are now dead. His two remaining brothers are well known in commercial and social circles.
MR. EBRAHIM ALLY MOOLLA, the head of the Mahomedan community in Rangoon, is chairman of the directors of the Sooratee Burra Bazaar Company, Ltd. For thirty-seven years he was a municipal commissioner, but retired in 1908. In the early thirties, Ally Ariff Moolla, the father of Ebrahim Ally Moolla, .emigrated to Moulmein from Rander in the Bombay Presidency. At the age of twenty, Ebrahim Ally Moolla entered his fatheras business, and, after two yearsa training, went to Calcutta to open a branch. Three years later the business was extended to Rangoon, and the new shop was placed under the management of Ariff Ally Moolla, a younger son of Ally Ariff Moolla. When the Rangoon manager was accidentally drowned at the sinking of the steamer Persia, bound for Calcutta, in 1862, Ebrahim Ally Moolla removed to Rangoon, leaving the Calcutta business under the care of his cousin, Cassim Sally Moolla. A branch at
Prome was also managed from Rangoon, where, two years later, the head office was established. A few years previous to this, the founder of the business had purchased a plot of land, measuring 25 feet by 40 feet, in the centre of the town of Rangoon. Anticipating that land in this locality would rapidly increase in value, Ebrahim Ally Moolla, in 1868, joined with a number of his people in the formation of the Sooratee Burra Bazaar Company, Ltd., which had for one of its objects the acquisition of building land. In 1870, Ebrahim Ally Moolla was appointed a director of this highly successful venture, and later he became chairman. He also floated a similarly successful company, called the Botatoung Land Company, with a capital of a lakh of rupees, in 4,000 shares of Rs. 25 each. Most of the land purchased had a frontage to the river, and when it was required by the Port Trust Commissioners, the company were awarded 13^ lakhs of rupees by the Government as compensation. A third company established by Ebrahim Ally Moolla is the Iron Bazaar Company. He was a director and chairman of this undertaking for nineteen years, and is still a large shareholder in it. He has done a large export trade to Calcutta and Bombay in rice, silk, cotton, piece goods, hardware, copper, brass, and other native produce, and met with great success when American goods were boycotted in Calcutta. Large quantities of European goods were also imported by
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him through local English firms. Two large rice mills, standing on 41 acres of land, belong to Ebrahim Ally Moolla, who is one of the largest property owners in Rangoon. In 1863, his first wife having died, he
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