Sir Catchick Paul Chater, The Grand Old Man of Hong Kong 


.....I have never been in a place that I have loved more than Hongkong, and in fact, the longer I stay here the more I like it.....
Catchick Paul Chater 1881

Catchick Paul Chater born in Calcutta in 1846, died in Hong Kong in 1926.

"………In the evolution of time, generation will succeed generation in Hongkong, new firms will arise, new projects will be formed; new personalities will seek to advance the colony’s influence and promote her enterprise long after names familiar enough now have vanished into the past and been forgotten.” He went on “....It is not possible to predict from the shadows which the future is casting before what Hongkong will yet develop into. It is not possible to surmise with any accuracy the part which will ultimately be allotted to Hongkong to play in the international theatre of the world. These questions lie in the womb of the future, and the future alone can answer them; but that she is always destined to be an important factor, I for one have no doubt whatsoever……..Great and important movements have lately taken place in the Far East, possibly greater and more important changes yet are even now in contemplation……" 

 In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

A stately pleasure dome decree……

.....Kubla Khan came to Tiffin one day – a handsome dark gentleman of forty years or so, with very white teeth and eyes like black velvet. He wore extremely well-fitting London clothes, and in his soft, slow voice he signified that on the morrow he would take us to see the pleasure dome – not yet entirely complete……Kubla Khan was his name in Xanadu of course, but in Hong Kong, for the sake of convenience and brevity, he was called Catchick Chater.....

From the streets of Calcutta in the 1850's  he would eventually become the man that would tame the rocky terrain of Hong Kong.

This is a glimpse at the life of a very special bare foot orphan boy from India.