The Donation

NUS' acquisition and restoration of 157 Neil Road was made possible through a generous donation from Agnes Tan, the youngest daughter of prominent Straits Chinese community leader Tun Tan Cheng Lock.

Agnes Tan

The donation was made in memory of her father, whom Ms Tan recalls as having advised them to remember one's heritage and be aware of the past. With the existence of a Peranakan heritage home, Ms Tan hopes that present and future generations would be encouraged to maintain an interest in the community's history, culture and lifestyle.

Ms Agnes Tan received the National Heritage Board's inaugural Distinguished Patron of Heritage Award on 3 April 2007.


About Tun Tan Cheng Lock (1883 – 1960)

Born in Malacca, Tun Tan Cheng Lock was a respected businessman who participated actively in public affairs. He was the founder and first president of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA). With him at its helm, the MCA played a vital role in negotiating Malaysia's independence from the British. Tun Tan Cheng Lock served as a Justice of the Peace and a Municipal Commissioner for Malacca from 1912 to 1922.

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