Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Soares, Franciso de Paula (1884-1897+)

updated September 1, 2013

b. January 4, 1825 - d. March 23, 1907. Hong Kong nlt.1884. Private practitioner nlt.1884, Oriental Dispensary 1884-97, address: Stanley Street. One of the four doctors who objected to register (in accordance with Ordinance #6 of 1884 of April 5, 1884) and was allowed to continue to practice [1]; medical doctor status recognized by Hong Kong Government in 1897 [2]. Public vaccinator October 20, 1890.

s/o Francisco Soares and Angela Vicencia Ozorio.
m. Iria Joaquina da Silva, d/o Eusebio Jose da Silva and Maria Theresa.

[There is a question posted on the internet, asking if Soares went by the Chinese name of Lam Fai-wing, and whether he was the grandfather of a Edith Lo (as has been described in "A Memoir of Hong Kong's Governance 1950-1991: Social Sciences in Asia", a book written by Eric Peter Ho 何鴻鑾, a former Secretary for Commerce and Industry. According to Annelise who posted to Geni: Lam was the son of Soares, and Edith Lo was the daughter of Lam.]

[1] The four were: Vicente Danenberg, John Charles Fisher, Francisco de Paula Soares, and Henry Benjamin Woodford.

[2] On May 8, 1897, the government, under the name of the Colonial Secretary, James Haldane Stewart Lockhart, posted a notice in the government gazette to recognize Soares' status as a registered medical practitioner. [This is rather interesting, not only the government did not punish him for practicing without a license, but also it gave him a license without an application.]

Selected bibliography: Geni [internet]. / Gwulo › Forums › 1946 – Harry Hyndman [internet]. / The Hong Kong Government Gazette, May 3, 1884, Notice; May 8, 1897, Notice #161; October 25, 1890, Notice #441.


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