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The curious case of Y.C Liang (CBE)
I've just been involved in an interesting exchange on my blog concerning the old GPO pillars that we discovered had been moved to Kwun Yam Shan inside Kadoorie Farm in Tai Po. Anyway, the chat got quite interesting and I figured it would be nice if any of the local readers on Gwulo can shed some light on to the findings.
Thanks to Roger, who sparked the investigation and found out that the pillars were donated to the farm by a certain Mr Y.C Liang CBE.
Liang's Chinese name is 梁潤昌 (1918- 1979) but seems to have been called Run Chang informally and it turns out that he has a hall named after him at CUHK (and an old people's home run by Tung Wah to which his wife donated a large amount of money).
Anyway, here is what I found out but would love any Chinese readers to fill it out and correct anything I have got wrong because Mr Liang's personal history seems to be quite interesting. It turns out that Liang was some sort of agent for BAAG codenamed Phoenix and he was responsible for some of the liason between BAAG and POW's in various camps. His actions during the invasion/occupation/war are the reason he was awarded a CBE.
I have no idea if any of this is pre-war or post but it looks like he was at some point the Director at Macau Electric, the ex-head of Hang Seng Bank and had various other interested in bullion trading, rice trading, hotels (Roger also discovered he was a director of The Peninsula at some point which directly links him to the Kadoories and could explain the pillar donation to their farm?).
Despite being an exceedingly wealthy man (for whatever reasons) he killed himself in 1979 by throwing himself off somewhere high in Repulse Bay. I believe he is buried at the Catholic Cemetry in Happy Valley.
Curiously one of his large brood also committed suicide in a similar way somewhere around Conduit Road and it seems that another of his sons is the General Manager behind the Macau Dragon ferry company (who have recently gone into liquidation).
So, can any of the Gwulo readers on fill out some of the details of Runchangs life. He certainly seems to have been a bit of an enigma and I would love to find out more.
[edit: you can see our thread of comments on my blog here: http://orientalsweetlips.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/remnants-of-the-old-kcr-terminus-east-tst/]