Lim Koon Teck

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Lim Koon Teck was born in Malayan, Singapore back in 1904 to Lim and Tan.  He was educated at St. Andrews School.  He continued he education at the Junior Cambridge in 1930 and Senior Cambridge in 1922.  After graduation he taught at St. Andrews School.  Later he would become the first Old Boy’s representative on the Board of Governors of St. Andrew’s School, Singapore. 

He wanted to study architecture; but that was a six-year course so he decided to take up law instead.  In 1924, he left for London, England where he studied at the University College, London.  He graduated with honors, was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1927.  He was called to the Singapore Bar appointed as deputy registrar of the Supreme Court in 1928.  He also took on the added appointment of Sheriff in 1935. He died in 1984, he was 83.

What you may not know about Lim is that he was the first Asian in the Straits Settlements to be appointed to the Colonial Legal Service. 

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Comments (17)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - he was another trail blazer and a time of colonialism.

Jun 18, 2021 03:11 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I guess in his case, "time was of the essence"!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jun 18, 2021 04:04 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

Woderful, another trail blazer you have shared to us.  Thanks for the post.   Enjoy Friday, the weekend is in sight.  Bill Salvatore 

Jun 18, 2021 04:05 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jun 18, 2021 04:18 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, he sounds like a very interesting man and obviously very intelligent, but I know nothing about his field of work or why that was important, haha.

Jun 18, 2021 04:46 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Another prime example of the brain trumping the body. Enjoy your day.

Jun 18, 2021 04:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Prime example of what one is capable of achieving. Enjoy your day.

Jun 18, 2021 04:48 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

James Dray after reading your post twice and giving it a "like" I truly have no idea what it was about. 😳

Jun 18, 2021 05:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - thank you for sharing his story.  Although I have only visited Singapore on two short trips, it is a fascinating place.  

Jun 18, 2021 05:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... I know very little about the history of this area so enjoyed learning something new today.

Jun 18, 2021 06:16 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Singapore is on our list of places to visit.  What a fascinating story !  Wishing you a wonderful weekend.  A

Jun 18, 2021 07:01 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James and thank you for another highly interesting biography today.

Jun 18, 2021 07:09 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Another great example of a life well lived. Thanks for bringing him to our attention.

Jun 18, 2021 11:09 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- It seems like he was bright and a high achiever!!!

Jun 18, 2021 11:21 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sounds like the change of heart regarding his career was the right move!

Jun 18, 2021 12:12 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I find it fascinating when you share these trail blazers that we never heard of, Endre

Jun 18, 2021 10:48 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC


He wanted to study architecture; but that was a six-year course so he decided to take up law instead.  

Jun 19, 2021 09:16 AM