Catchick Paul Chater

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Sir Catchick Paul Chater, CMG (Chinese: 遮打; 8 September 1846 – 27 May 1926), was a prominent British businessman of Armenian descent in colonial Hong Kong.

Biography

Early life

Chater was born Khachik Pogose Astwachatoor in Calcutta, British India, one of thirteen offspring of Armenian parents Miriam and Chater Paul Chater. His father was a member of the Indian civil service.

Sir Paul was orphaned at the age of seven, and he gained entry into the La Martiniere College in Calcutta on a scholarship. He later became a benefactor of the school when, in the early 1910s he made the single biggest donation to any institution or organisation whilst still alive, donating eleven lakhs Rupees to the desperately struggling school, thus allowing it to avoid certain closure. To honour his contribution to the school, Sir Paul Chater's name was included in the school prayer.Armenians in India: Mesrovb Seth, P.551 he moved to Hong Kong from Calcutta and lived with the family of his sister Anna and sister's husband Jordan Paul Jordan.England, Vaudine (16 December 2007) "Who was this man Chater?", Page 11, South China Morning Post

Career

In the early days in Hong Kong, he was an assistant at the Bank of Hindustan, China and Japan. Later, with the aid of...
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