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Sir Catchick Paul Chater, a maverick, cut-throat wholly focused business man, or perhaps a man deeply affected by his early traumatic childhood? He knew what is was like to have nothing. This very brief personal biography written by Liz Chater to whet the appetite about his extraordinary life is a pre-curser to a larger and more detailed book. Published by the Armenian Church in Kolkata under the Chair of Mrs Sonia John, it was commissioned as part of the commemoration events of 2005 in Hong Kong.
In two different sizes. This is
the first book in a series of ‘lifestyle accounts’ that highlight the
remarkable life of Sir Catchick Paul Chater and the significant
contribution he made to both the Chinese and British communities in Hong
Kong during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Sir Paul’s main home in Hong Kong was Marble Hall and he worked closely with the architects Leigh & Orange. During the design and planning process he liaised with, and oversaw the building contractors who were all locally employed Chinese workers. Marble Hall was a culmination of many influences. There is no doubt that its design was a small gesture of acknowledgement towards La Martiniere. Built of marble, La Martiniere was his school in Calcutta and had a lasting influence throughout his life.
This book highlights the wonderful architecture and design features of Marble Hall as well as that of his other homes. It offers a glimpse at the rare pieces of the Chater Collection placed by Sir Paul with care and for maximum impact in and around his home, a collection which was once considered the best privately owned art and china east of Suez.
Other books in this series will highlight his Masonic and philanthropic work, his pastimes and hobbies, his personal life and his businesses.
It contains in excess of 160 full colour photographs of all the remaining graves at the Armenian Church Dhaka (Dacca, previously in Bengal but now in Bangladesh). In addition, I have included over 25 individual family tree charts that relate directly to those Armenians buried in Dhaka. These charts have been drawn up from my own research of the Armenian community’s existence there between the 18th and 20th centuries. I have also uniquely cross-referenced the grave inscriptions with the original Armenian Church death register entries and where possible, I have also included important factual information from those registers. All transcriptions and register entries that are written in Armenian have been expertly translated into English, to further help the Armenian family history researchers around the world who may have a South East Asia genealogy connection.