Charles Herbert Whiteley KEW [1867-1934]
His obituary appeared on page 5 of the The Hong Kong Telegraph, 1934-10-01:
DEATH OF MR. CHARLES KEW
RESPECTED RESIDENT OF HONGKONG
Hongkong has lost an old and valued resident in Mr. C. H. W. Kew, who died on Saturday at the age of 68, at his residence at Castle Terrace, Caine Road, after a long illness, from kidney trouble.
The fourth son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Kew, and brother of Drs. Chadwick, Fred and Irvin Kew, Mr. George Kew, and the late Mr. Joe Kew, Charles Kew was a member of an Australian family, which settled in Hongkong more than half a century ago and have seen the Colony develop into a modern cosmopolis. He received his early education at Queen’s College, then known as the Central Government School. One of a family of clever boys, who have since come to prominence in the careers each chose for himself young Charles made his mark early in life. At the tender age of 14, he was sufficiently well instructed to embark upon his work, and, entering the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, he soon rose to a position of responsibility. When only 20 years of ago he acted as Secretary and Confidential Clerk to the late Mr. Thomas Whitehead, Manager of the Bank, who in public affairs is remembered by the part he played as a member of the Legislative Council. Mr. Whitehead passed away in England only half a year ago, but such was the regard which he had at all times for his former Secretary that after a lapse of 40 years he still held the latter in close remembrance and left him a legacy when he died.
Charles Kew left the Chartered Bank to join the Hongkong and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Company, then in the early stage of its development. His quick capacity for details which, with a retentive memory, was a characteristic, brought early recognition and a position of trust. He served successively under three different Managers, the late Mr. J. Osborne, Mr. J. McGowan and Mr. A. Brown.
In 1913, Mr. Kew left the Godown Company to start business on his own account, and founded the private limited liability firm of Rudolf Wolff and Kew, Limited, Metal Merchants, Importers and Exporters, and General Commission Agents, of which he was Managing Director until his death.
As principal in a leading firm handling a large share of the metal trade of South China, Mr. Kew’s reports could always be relied upon for the true conditions and activities of the trade. It is said that before the slump set in, he had handled as much as £30,000 worth of Yunnan tin in a day—no mean volume.
In private life. the late Mr. Charles Kew was of a reserved and retiring disposition, but very well liked and highly regarded by all who had the privilege of his friendship. In his early days he was a keen oarsman, and in yachting, which was his other chief recreation, he excelled. He was one of tho oldest members of the Victoria Recreation Club as well as of the Royal Hongkong Yacht Club, had coxed many a boat to victory at regattas and appeared regularly at races by the latter Club, being the owner of two vessels, the Meteor and Elphin. His brothers are old stalwarts of the Hongkong Football Club.
During the War, when the Hongkong Police Reserve came into existence, Mr. Kew was a Sergeant in the Mounted Section.
A man of much versatility, at one time he had thoughts of becoming an optician. He profited from a holiday spent in the United States in his younger days to study, and had actually qualified as a member of Dr. Klein’s School of Optics, but did not take up practice here. He prescribed for himself at least, an excellent pair of glasses.
Forty-five years of residence in Hongkong produced in the late Mr. Kew a historian with a rare fund of reminiscence. The retentivc-ness of memory mentioned earlier was also applied to public affairs and his association with the late Mr. Whitehead brought him into contact with an interesting phase in the Colony’s history which he had set down in writing. As “Town-dweller’’ he wrote interesting and well in contributions to our “Old Hongkong" and to our Correspondence column, and it was hoped that he would proceed further and produce a book which would have been a valuable contribution of little known facts to bridge gaps in the Colony’s written story. This and other plans he had formulated during' his long illness, for, optimistic in business affairs, he was also optimistic as to his recovery, and had looked forward to a now period of resumed usefulness. His passing will be keenly regretted by many friends.
Mr. Kew leaves a large family, comprising the widow and nine children, amongst them being Arthur (Andersen Meyer and Co.), Henry and Teddie (Rudolf Wolff and Kew), and Cecil (American Express). A daughter, Maud, is the wife of Mr. Henry Ahwee.
The family is also well-known in Shanghai where Dr. Chadwick Kew is in practice as a dentist besides being the proprietor of the largest florist shop there.
Many friends were present to pay their last respects at the funeral held yesterday at the Protestant Cemetery. The late Mr. Charles Kew was buried in the plot reserved for Old Residents, near the spot where his brother Joseph was interred a few years ago. The Rev. Mr. J. R. Higgs officiated.
The principal mourners were Messrs. Arthur James, Albert Edward, Cecil and Henry Kew (sons) ; Drs. Fred H. and Irvin W. Kew (brothers); Mr. Henry Ahwee (son-in-law); and Messrs. Harry and Allen Kew (nephews) ;
Others of the large gathering were: Dr, E. Law, Dr. S. C. Ho, Miss Rita Randall and Messrs. Joseph Gould, H. A. Lammert, E. Abraham, J. D. Bush, Hin-shing Lo, Ho Kee, F. Mow Fung, E. Mow Fung, U. Rumjahn, Starling Jex, A. Urquhart, Shi Yu-man, J. Lan-dolt, George Lynn, C. E. Wong, R. H. Wong, F. V. Wong, A. Rosario W. H. Choy, K. F. Li, Choa sien, Choa Po-min, Lau Tak-po, R. Abraham, W. Zimmern, G. Zimmern, Pat White, H. M. H. Ismail, J. Way, O. Madar, S. R, Ismail, A Landolt, P. V. Botelho, Walters, C, Botelho, F. Collaco, G. da Rocha, G. Kotewall, F. Rapp, W. Gittens, G. Ford and G. P. Lammert.
- Charles Herbert Whiteley KEW [1867-1934] parent of Henry Whiteley KEW [c.1905-????]
- Charles Herbert Whiteley KEW [1867-1934] parent of Arthur James KEW [1896-1965]
- Charles Herbert Whiteley KEW [1867-1934] spouse of Helena KEW (née MADAR, aka Lena) [1887-1955]
- Charles Herbert Whiteley KEW [1867-1934] child of William KEW [????-????]