1906 January 23 The China Mail
ADDITION TO HONG KONG’S STATUARY.
Tribute to Sir Thomas Jackson.
Preparations are being made for placing and positioning the statue of Sir Thomas Jackson which has been made to the order of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. The statues to stand on the banks property facing Des Voeux Road and almost opposite to the Des Voeux Road entrance to the bank. Already a fine polished granite pedestal is almost in position, on the front stone of which is the inscription Sir Thomas Jackson. Knighted 1899 created a Baronet 1902. Joined the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp. 1866: appointed chief manager 1876; retired 1902. The statue is at present housed in the Kowloon godowns but will see the light of day very shortly as it is be placed in position before the arrival of Prince Arthur of Connaught. The prince, we believe, is to be invited to perform the unveiling ceremony.
Sir Thomas was as born in Ireland, on June 4, 1841, his father being David Jackson of Urker, Crossmaglen. He was educated at Morgan’s school, Castle Knock, Ireland and by private tutors, and 1871 married Amelia Lydia Dare. He commenced banking in the Bank of Ireland, Belfast, in 1860, and came to the Agra bank in the East in 1864. He joined the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp. in 1866, and became its chief manager in 1876. He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1899 for distinguished services to her government and was created a Baronet (the first of his line), in 1902. His heir is Captain Thomas Dare Jackson, and his present residence is at Stansted House, Stansted, Essex. He is a prominent club man in London, holding membership in the city, Carlton, Thatched House and City of London clubs. Sir Thomas is also an enthusiastic golfer, in which recreation he takes great delight in spite his advanced age and busy life.
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