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Thomas JACKSON had already left a month earlier for England, otherwise I suspect there would have been even more festivities to celebrate his baronetcy.
Sharon Oddie Brown. April 2, 2014


1902 June 26 The China Mail





A long list of coronation honours is issued.  Sir Thomas Jackson[1], Knight, formally Chief Manager of the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp. at Hong Kong is created a Baronet.

A knighthood has been conferred upon Mr. C. P. Chater C.M.G., Senior Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.

[At the close of the service in St. John’s Cathedral today, Major-General Gascoigne[2] called together the government officials and the unofficial members of Council and the members of the Coronation Committee and intimated that he’d received two telegrams from the Colonial Office, one intimating that the honour of knighthood had been conferred upon Mr. C.P. Chater[3], and another to the effect that the Honourable Dr. Ho Kni[4] had been appointed a companion of the order of St. Michael and St. George.  He then shook hands with Dr. Ho Kni, and congratulated him upon the honour he had received from the King in recognition of his long invaluable service to the Government and the community in Hong Kong.  Later in the day, a large number of Sir C.P. Chater’s friends assembled in the bar of the club and drank success and long life to the new knight, three cheers being given on the call of Mr. and W. Danby[5].  As soon as it became known that the China Mail had received a special telegram intimating that a Baronetcy had been conferred upon Sir Thomas Jackson, another party assembled a drink to the health of the new Baronet, and on the call of Mr. R.C. Edwards[6], of the bank staff, three hearty cheers for given for the popular TJ – Ed., C.M.]

[1] Sir Thomas JACKSON (1841-1915)

[2] Major-General GASCOIGNE. William Julius GASCOIGNE. Died in England Sept 9 in England leaving an unsettled estate of £16,502 at age 82. SOURCE: The Straits Times, 14 December 1926, Page 8. NOTE: Probate shows that his wife survived him. Born in Chelsea, Oct. 2, 1844, son of Ernest Frederick and Catherine GASCOGNE. His father was a Colonel in the Grenadier Guards and they were living at 16 Lowndes Square. Ernest Frederick, born in Lancashire, died in 1876.  In 1875 he married Helen Smith, daughter of Martin T. Smith, and widow of Hon. Arthur F. Egerton.

[3] C.P. CHATER His entry in Who’s Who: CHATER, Sir Catchick Paul (Hong Kong) Kt; C.M.G; member the executive Council; Consul for Siam; Born 1846; son of Chater Paul Chater of Calcutta.  Arrived in Hong Kong, 1864 [age 18], as assistant in Bank of Hindustan, China, and Japan; resigned from bank and started business as exchange and bullion broker, 1886; Justice of the peace, 1888; sat in Legislative Council as acting member during absence on leave for one year of Mr. F. Sassoon, 1886 – 7; was on holiday in India when Mr. Sassoon resigned, 1887, and was unanimously elected for a term of six years to represent the justices of the peace; was reelected for a further period of six years, 1893, and again in 1899, retiring upon the expiration of his third term of office, January, 1906; during office as unofficial member was elected to the executive Council, which seats still retains; in 1884 started a godown  business, purchasing the sea beach from the Government and erecting godowns;  in 1888 amalgamated with Jardine, Mathieson & Co., and established the existing Hong Kong and Kowloon Wharf and Godown company, reclaiming for shores and erecting present godowns and wharfs; originated to pay a reclamation in 1887 by writing to the government and submitting a scheme, which is accepted by Marine lot holders; visited England later and receive the sanction of the Secretary of State to carry out the work, the foundation stone being laid at the corner of existing cricket ground by the Duke of Connaught  in 1890; presented statue of the Duke of Connaught to the colony in commemoration of the event; work was concluded on the reclamation in 1905, the results being the addition to the colony of considerable foreshore upon which has been erected some of finest hongs east of Suez; was the first to advocate the acquirement of the present new territory on the mainland of China, writing to the government for years before the actual leasing of the territory; organize and appeal to the government later by the Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Association, and the unofficial members of the legislative Council, and successfully urged the negotiation for these of the territory, which is subsequently granted by China; has been identified in most public movements since arrival in colonies; was treasurer and afterwards chairman of Queen’s Jubilee committee; chairman of diamond Jubilee committee (then created C.M.G.) erected first Anglican Church at Kowloon; is Chairman and Director principal public companies, including Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock company; supports all sports; has been steward of the Jockey Club for 25 years and President for many years; was created knight in 1902.  Clubs: Hong Kong; most sporting.  Address: Marble Hall, Conduit Road, Hong Kong.

[4] Dr. Ho Kni In 1890, he was nominated an unofficial member of the Legislative Council in place of Mr. Wong Shing.

[5] William DANBY (1842-1908) wife Ann DENNISON. Their daughter Lucy married R.T. WRIGHT of HSBC Yokohama and their son, David NEWBIGGING – born in Tientsin in 1934, also served the HSBC.

[6] R.C. EDWARDS. He served as an agent for HSBC in both Yokohama and Bangkok. SOURCE: The Straits Times January 29, 1925.



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