Tobias HUNTER (aka The Colonel) [1877-1970] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong
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Tobias HUNTER (aka The Colonel) [1877-1970]

Alias / nickname: 
The Colonel
Birthplace (town, state): 
Hong Kong
Birthplace (country): 
Cause of death: 
Compications following a stoke suffered two years prior

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There's a Tobias Hunter mentioned in the Jurors Lists. If it's the same man, he was a long-term resident of Hong Kong:

  • 1899 - 1904: Assistant @ Jardine Matheson, Address: Old Bailey Street
  • 1905: Assistant @ Jardine Matheson, Address: 4, East Terrace
  • 1906 - 1912: Assistant @ Jardine Matheson, Address: 4, Humphreys Avenue
  • 1913 - 1914: not listed
  • 1915: Commission Agent @ Tobias Hunter, Address: Hotel Mansions
  • 1916: Shipping, Estate and Commission Agent, Address: 26 Nathan Road

That's as far as we've got, but we're looking for help transcribing 1917:

What else can you tell us about him?

Regards, David

In 1918 and 1919 List of Common Jurors,resident Carnarvon Road,Kowloon.

Tobias Hunter was my grandfather. I am looking for info on him and other HK family members. I also have some info already.

I am also looking for a Mr Ross who was with the water dept in the 1920s.

Brian Hunter Beesley

Tobias Hunter moved to Shanghai with his wife and two daughters in abt 1919.

He partnered with is sister's husband Thomas Cock in the food supply business which later became Geddes Trading and Dairy Co. They imported such items as butter and dairy products from Australia, along with foods from the USA and Britain.

Tobias was interned during the Japanese occupation at Linclon Road Camp but was released in 1945. His brother George and sister May were also interned but came through their ordeal relatively unharmed, other than financially.

Found a boy named "Toby Hunter" registered at Diocesan Home and Orphanage (now called Diocesan Boys' School) in 1883, the same year when Dr. Sun Yat-sen (registered as Sun Tui-chew) was admitted to the same school.

I was aware that Toby Hunter is listed at DBS in1883 but the Sun-Yat-Sen age didn''t seem to me to be a match ( SYS was born in 1866 which would make him 17 or so in 1883 which sounds a bit old to be admitted that same year, but I suppose anything is possible ) As for Toby Hunter, I wonder if there is any school record of his family, guardians, mother or father? If he attended alone it makes me wonder where his brother and sister were? Toby was only 6 in 1883 which I've been told was very young to be admiited to the DBS. His brother would have been 2 years older, so should have also ben there and his sister 2 years younger, would still be at home.

I've also discovered a connection to the name "CHOY" as well. Is there any way to check that name at DBS? Were there any Choy children listed around that same time? I would appreciate any info on the Choy, Choi, or Choa families in Hong Kong.