“Let your light so shine before men
That they may see your good works.”
“you hum it, I’ll play it……”
they were so attuned to each other.
|Snapshot of the partnership agreement between|
Sir Paul Chater and Sir Hormusjee Mody
The bankers of the partnership were:
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
The Chartered Bank of India Australia and China
Deutsche Asiatische Bank
International Banking Corporation
Yokohama Specie Bank Limited
Bank of Taiwan Limited
Nederlands Trading Society
When cheques were drawn Paul Chater simply signed them “Chater & Mody” whereas his partner signed them “Chater & Mody. H.N. Mody”
In addition, Sir Paul Chater held personal bank accounts in London, New York, San Francisco, Paris, and Genoa.
- Sirinbai Mody (dates unknown). Married Nusseranji Dady, they had a son Hormusjee.
- Merwanjee Mody 1858-1910
- Naoroz Hormusjee Naoroji Mody 1875-1944
- Jehangirjee Hormusjee Mody 1876-1949
- Dinshawjee Hormusjee Mody 1882-1920
Naoroz Nowrojee Hormusjee Mody
|Snapshot of the Will of Naoroz Nowrojee Hormusjee Mody|
Jehangir Hormusjee Mody
|Snapshot of the Will of Jehangir Mody|
Lucy Mui Kwai: Amah, Servant…..Friend
|Snapshot of the Will of Lucy Mui Kwai|
Marwanjee Hormusjee Mody
Sadly, he died in February 1910 aged only 52 at the family home “Prospect Lodge”, Bombay.
Dame Maneckbai Mody
|Snapshot of the Will of Dame Maneckbai Mody|
A Legacy revoked: “Incapable of Performance”
Sir Hormusjee Nowrojee Mody
|Snapshot of the Will of Sir Hormusjee Mody|
|Power of Attorney of Sir Paul Chater 1911|
To Learn... Is To Be Free
Sir HN Mody’s Biggest Legacy:
“For All Those Involved: They Built Better Than
Coates continues: “Chater gave Mody a lifelong interest in racing. Years later Mody reciprocated by suggesting Chater take an interest in art, which he did. (Mody was an avid art collector in his own right and Coates stated that after his death, Mody’s collection found its way into the hands of a private collection in Manila). However he was no match for Mody’s knowledge and engaged his friend and architect James Orange to advise him. Chater went on to purchase the collection of Windham O. Law and it formed the backbone of the prestigious Chater Collection.
Created in the 20th Century
For the 21st Century and Beyond
|Front cover of the Souvenir Mody prepared|
for the laying of the foundation stone of
Hong Kong University
|Image: Private archive of Liz Chater. The ceremony and Mody giving his speech|
|Two Great Men Make Two Great Contributions In Hong Kong|
“His Majesty has been pleased to approve that Mr. Mody be appointed Knight Bachelor. Letters Patent will be issued in due course. I concur in your proposal to announce the honour at the laying of the foundation stone of the University. A simultaneous announcement will be made in the United Kingdom. “(Sd.) CREWE.” (Prolonged Applause).
Ladies and Gentlemen, you will, I am sure, all desire me to express on your behalf as well as on my own, your most hearty congratulations to Sir Hormusjee Mody on the honour conferred upon him by the King. (Prolonged applause). His public benefactions culminating in this great undertaking which owes its inception solely to his thought have well deserved the honour. Long may he live to enjoy it and to see this university the assured success which his generosity deserves…….”
Sir Hormusjee Mody was visibly overcome when the Governor spoke of the King’s message. A friendly word of praise by his old friend Sir Paul Chater scarcely restored him. He bowed repeatedly when the words of the telegram were read out while the plaudits of his friends resounded in the sunshine.”
|Image: Hong Kong University|
|The monument tribute to Sir Hormusjee Mody at the Parsee cemetery, Hong Kong.|
|The Estate accounts of Sir Hormusjee Mody.|
Hong Kong University
Founded by Sir Hormusjee Mody
Quietly overseen by Sir Paul Chater
AGBU UK Trust.
Australian National Archives