Henry ELGAR [c.1816-1852]
I'm researching the life of Henry Elgar. (See below for background summary.)
The following advertisment appeared in the Melbourne, Australia newspaper The Argus, Thursday 20 Jan 1853:
"NOTICE is hereby given, that Henry Elgar, of Victoria, in the colony of Hong-Kong, Esquire, claims the equity of redemption of all those portions of the Elgar Special Survey, situated in the parishes of Boroondara and Nunawading, in the county of Bourke, and colony of Victoria, which he mortgaged several year's since, to the late Alexander Dyce, of Manila, in the island of Luconia, Merchant.
Duly appointed Attorney for the said Henry Elgar. "
Documents from a court case in Melbourne in 1872, inform us Elgar died August 1852 in the Chinese (sic) Sea.
From Melbourne, Australia, what means do I have available to me to search for Henry Elgar in Hong Kong in the period 1845 - 1852?
Thanks for your time, I look forward to a response.
Background summary - Henry Elgar
Elgar was a British Merchant who came to Australia in late 1840. In mid 1841, in his name he purchased a 5120 acre Special Survey. He left Sydney in early January 1842, returning to Manila via New Zealand. During the latter months of 1841 he and others became involved in the the Sandalwood trade in the islands. And, in late 1842 he was involved with the trade in Greenstone from New Zealand to Manila, then China.
Evidence is availabe to locate Elgar in Manila in late 1842, then during 1844. Beyond 1844 until his death is a blank. He could have continued to work out of Manila or moved to Hong Kong, we just don't know.
In 1842 one of Elgar's sisters married the US Vice-Consul - Josiah Moore, in Manila. Another of Elgar's sisters married Alexander Dyce (mentioned above) in Manila in 1844.
The earliest reference I've found for a Henry Elgar in Asia is the name on a list of Foreign Residents in China, in The Chinese Repository, VOL. V, From May, 1836 to April 1837. If it's my man he is around 20 years old. This clearly opens further discussion on how and when he arrived in the China, and for who was he working.