Robert Hotung

Robert Hotung

Hong Kong Politician
Born Dec 22, 1862

Sir Robert Ho Tung Bosman, KBE, better known as Sir Robert Hotung, was an influential Eurasian businessman and philanthropist in British Hong Kong. It has often been claimed that he was the "first Chinese person to be allowed to live on Victoria Peak" in 1906, two years after the enactment of the Peak Reservation Ordinance in 1904. Known as "the grand old man of Hong Kong", Hotung was knighted in 1915 and 1955.… Read More

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1862 Birth Born on December 22, 1862.
1868 5 Years Old His father was a merchant who had his own company, Bosman and Co., was part owner of the Hong Kong Hotel which opened in 1868, and a director of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Company.
1869 6 Years Old By 1869, Charles Bosman was also the Dutch Consul, running his own marine insurance business with important clients that included the British-owned trading conglomerate Jardine, Matheson & Co. … Read More


1878 15 Years Old After graduating from Queen's College in 1878, Hotung went to Canton, where he worked as a clerk for the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs.
1880 17 Years Old In 1880, he returned to Hong Kong and joined Jardines as an assistant in the compradore department.


1894 31 Years Old His bilingual skills and business acumen eventually propelled him to become Head Compradore in 1894, Although he was of mixed parentage, Hotung considered himself Chinese, a fact reflected in his sartorial preference. … Read More
1895 32 Years Old …  When he remained childless after three years (Chau Yee Man later gave birth to Mary Hotung 何純姿), Margaret Mak persuaded her maternal cousin Clara Cheung Lin-kok (張靜容 aka 張蓮覺) (1875–1938), to accept his hand as a "co-equal" wife and he remarried in 1895. … Read More


1916 53 Years Old He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Hong Kong in 1916.


1927 64 Years Old In 1927, his wife Clara expanded "The Falls", one of the four Peak houses owned by Ho Tung, into a sumptuous residence now known as Ho Tung Gardens at 75 Peak Road. … Read More
1931 68 Years Old Through her educational charity, to which Sir Robert gave HK$100,000 on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1931, the Po Kok Day and Evening School and the Tung Lin Kok Yuen in Happy Valley were founded.
1952 89 Years Old …  He was also ambassador to Japan for the Republic of China from 1952 to 1956 and a member of the Nationalist China military delegation to the United Nations from 1956 to 1966. … Read More
1956 93 Years Old Died on April 26, 1956.
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