The Rev. Dr. William N . Brewster brought the first two batches of Heng Huas to settle as agriculturists in Sg. Teku or the land north of Sg. Merah (Sibu) in 1912.
He was the man responsible for importing the Brewster lychee to South Florida in 1903.Today the Brewster lychee (cultivar) is grown widely and can be air flown to many destinations. Between July and October most Mainland Chinese would also be carrying prettily packed gift boxes of lychees to friends and relatives. A very happy sight indeed at airports in Guangzhou or Xiamen for example. Today in Malaysia lychees sold in the markets are mainly from Thailand and Vietnam. We are able to enjoy this wonderful fruit because of one man who was responsible in bringing the hardworking Henghuas to Sibu in 1912.
|Rev. Dr. W. N. Brewster(The Methodist Church of Tien Dao Tong in Sg. Merah will be celebrating the centenary of the arriving of the Heng Huas and the building of the Church in 1912..on May 22nd 2012. So if you interested or in any way connected to TTT please come and join the service and/or buy dinner tickets too from the Rev. Yek Siew Ching.Make it a memorable centennial celebration.)|
The lychee capital of China is Putien where Rev. Dr. Brewster served as missionary until he passed away in 1916 on his way to a Methodist Conference in the US.
Dr. Brewster's ancestors and descendants have been missionaries all over the world.