The Kadoorie family
are trying to discover their antecedents and how they came
to arrive in China during the late 19th Century. You have
the most marvellous photos of that era but you may not have
any records to throw light on the family's background.
It is thought
that there were 7 Kadoorie brothers in Baghdad of whom 2 remained
behind while the others left for India. Ezekiel, the oldest,
it is thought joined David Sassoon in Calcutta in 1870 before
asking 3 younger brothers to join him over the next 10 years.
Moses (possibly Silas Moses), Elly (Eliezer) and Ellis.
Elly left for
Hong Kong - aged 15 - arriving there on 20th May 1880. After
several years with the Sassoons (E D Sassoon & Co) mainly
in the Northern Treaty ports, he borrowed $100 from Ellis
and set up the broking firm of Benjamin, Kelly & Potts
in Hong Kong.
If you can add
anything to this, we would be most grateful.
In 1959 the graves from the four Jewish cemeteries were transferred
to an international cemetery in a western suburb of the city.
With the on-set
of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), gravestones were uprooted,
some smashed, and other removed entirely. The sites of the
cemeteries became parking lots, parks, and a cement factory.
Only four Jewish graves remained undisturbed those
of deceased luminaries Sir Elly Kadoorie, his wife Lady Laura
Kadoorie, Charles Aharon, and Yosef Sasson in the famous
cemetery that also houses Soong Ching Ling, now the Soong
Ching Ling Memorial Park.
need not only to look to the past but also to look to the
future and establish a sumptuous Iraqi Community Centre in
London to commemorate their name.
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