Our Home, Our History
Guided Tour by Clement Cheung, archivist, The Hong Kong Heritage Project
One of the most prominent families in Hong Kong, the Kadoories arrived from Iraq via India at the end of the 19th century. Formerly farmers of Jewish origin, they left Baghdad in the 1870s during a famine to seek their fortune in India and China. In Hong Kong, where they attained considerable success, the Kadoories owned the famous "Rose" racing stable and brought in the first coach-and-four. In 1890, they bought their first shares in the Hongkong Hotel company, rooting a century of influence in the development of the city.
The Hong Kong Heritage Project was commissioned by current Chairman, Sir Michael Kadoorie, to establish an archive of the family and their businesses since the 19th century. Archivist Clement Cheung will guide us through original records, photographs and oral histories which document aspects of Hong Kong's social and economic development from the 1880s. On display will be material from the Archive's Jewish Collection, which depicts how thousands of Jewish refugees were supported in Shanghai before and after the Second World War, records from the Kadoorie businesses such as the Hongkong & Shanghai Hotel Group and China Light & Power, as well as their philanthropic work.
Clement Cheung was trained in law at National Taiwan University and attained his post graduate diploma in Librarianship and Information Management as well as an Executive Certificate of Archives Management from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to his involvement with the HKHP in 2007, he worked with the Hong Kong Film Archive, Oriental Press Group, as well as Hong Kong Public Libraries.