Amaro John REED [1865-1936] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Amaro John REED [1865-1936]

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Amaro John Reed born 15 January 1865 Hong Kong

Married 22 May 1902 St Joseph's Church Hong Kong

Died 31 January 1936 Hong Kong

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Private 3856 HKVDC  Stephen Arnold Reed died 14 January 1942 son of Amaro John Reed and Maria Rita Reed of Kowloon


Amaro John Reed was born on January 15, 1865. He was the son of Robert Reed and Anna Maria Dias who wed on May 2, 1861.  Anna Maria's parents were Rodrigues and Faustina Rosario. Amaro had a younger sister, Lucretia Mary, who was born in 1867.  Amaro married Maria Rita da Silva on May 22, 1902 at St. Joseph's Church in Hong Kong.  They had seven sons, Robert, Edgar, Wilfred, Arthur, Stephen, Francis and Reginald.  In the early years, the Reed family resided at 167 Wanchai Road before moving to the house at 8 Broadwood Road.

Amaro (he went by John) worked at the clerical branch of the Hong Kong Civil Service for over forty years. He first joined the Government service in 1888 and attained Class 1 in the Senior Clerical and Accounting staff. He eventually became Chief Accountant at the Hong Kong Post Office and headed its issuing and philatelic stamp division. Amaro reputedly held the finest collection of Hong Kong postage and Chinese Customs revenue stamps in Hong Kong. Sadly, his collection of stamps was lost during the war, even though the stamps were kept under lock in his study.

Amaro retired in 1927, and was awarded the I.S.O. medal for his long service, as shown in the photo below.

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Amaro John Reed.jpg, by THOMAS ANDREWS

Amaro was ill for some time and passed away at his Broadwood Road residence on the morning of January 31, 1936 at 71 years of age. His widow, Maria Rita, having lost four sons in the war, died on June 6, 1948 at age 77.