Kelly alias Kadoorie

Names Behind the Name

The Kelly disguise

A broker who traded under the alias of E.S. Kelly, then a common practice in the colony. He was half of Benjamin & Kelly, and by March 1890 had bought his first 25 shares in the hotel company under his assumed name. In reality he was Eleazar (Elly) Silas Kadoorie. Elly, brothers Moyses and Ellis, and nephew Reuben, had all used the “Kelly” alias in colonial business circles since arriving from Baghdad via India in the 1880s.


1894 Jury list

c Kelly Eleazer Silas Broker Benjamin & Kelly     Upper Richmond Road