Robert Thomas Wright
|Born: November 25, 1864,
Monaghan, Co. Monaghan, Ireland
|Father: Robert WRIGHT
|Mother: Sarah Jane REED
Robert T. WRIGHT is the brother of Margaret Louisa WRIGHT (wife of David
JACKSON) and Martha WRIGHT (wife of Thompson BROWN). Details of other
links will likely be nailed down when we get access to a copy of the probated
will of George Austin Thompson BROWN, son of Martha & Thompson BROWN.
The link is of interest in creating a fuller sense of the family culture
and connections in international banking. I suspect a connection with
the WRIGHT family of Gilford Castle, but have little to go on at this
point beyond proximity and intuition as well as the brokerage firm of
Wright & Hornby in Hong Kong.
Service Record of Robert T. WRIGHT from Group
Archives of the HSBC
||Joins London office of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking
||May - East to join Hong Kong office
||Aug - received special increase from $200 to $225 a month "
having rendered valuable service over the past five years" (HSBC
||April - Hong Kong, 'Bookkeeper', requested and given permission
||Sept - Board votes him a sum of $2500 on the occasion of his marriage
in view of the "important post he held and the most efficient
way in which he
performs his duties" (HSBC Board Minutes)
||March - On leave
||Amoy [now Xiamen], acting Agent
||Rangoon, Burma [now Yangon, Myanmar], Agent
||April - On leave
||Hankow [Wuhan], Agent
||Service ends between August 1924 and 1925
There is also an interesting description of the Yokohama Earthquake
in The History of the Hongkong Shanghai Bank, Vol III, Frank
H.H. King, Cambridge Press, 1988 p.141-143
The staff were able to stuff cheques from the clearing in their
pockets, carry two cash boxes, and put large numbers of ledgers and
other books into a cart commandeered from the Post Office, which was
situated next door. unfortunately the books could not be got to the
ships and they were subsequently burnt. Most of the staff, however,
got on board the Empress of Australia, which had been preparing to leave
port when the earthquake struck; J. Caldwell arrived too late, but boarded
the French Andre Lebon.
When the staff were able to return temporarily to search the ruins,
they recovered various other items, including securities from the safe
which Caldwell reached just in time, although a looter was making off
with some of the packages; R. T .Wright, the Manager,
had the securities insured by cable from the ship.
In the footnotes relating to this account, King directs us to: the C.R.
Rice account in J.R. Jones, “Personalities “file from James
Cardwell, oral history interview and from J.R. Jones “Branches”
file all in Group Archives. See also “Branches” p. 95, p.
97. This will have to await further exploration.