Djoen-Eng KWIK (aka KWOK Chun-Yeung / 郭春映 / The Java Sugar King) [1895-1935] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Djoen-Eng KWIK (aka KWOK Chun-Yeung / 郭春映 / The Java Sugar King) [1895-1935]

Names
Given: 
Djoen-Eng
Family: 
Kwik
Alias / nickname: 
KWOK Chun-Yeung / 郭春映 / The Java Sugar King
Sex: 
Male
Status: 
Deceased
Birth
Date: 
c.1895-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
Tongan, Fujian
Birthplace (country): 
Death
Date: 
c.1935-12-31 (Month, Day are approximate)

There's a several-page write-up about Mr Kwik starting on page 469 of "Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent: A Biographical Dictionary ...". It begins:

Owner of a large trading company dealing in sugar, rice and tea before WWII, Indonesia.

One of his plans to grow his business in the 1920s involved Hong Kong: his business would reclaim land at North Point, and build a sugar refinery there to compete with Hong Kong's existing sugar refineries. The reclamation was carried out successfully (see Marine Lots 430 & 431), but the sugar refinery was never built. The names of three of the modern roads on his reclaimed land have a connection with him:

  • Java Road
  • Tong Shui Road - it means "Sugar Water Road", and runs along the eastern edge of his land
  • Chun Yeung Street - "Chun Yeung" is how is given names are pronounced in Cantonese. (Kwik Djoen Eng is how the name sounds in Hokkien).

This photo shows him (on the right of the photo) laying the foundation stone of the new quay on his reclaimed land in Hong Kong:

Laying foundation stone
Laying foundation stone, by Admin

Photos that show this person

1925
1925