Malcolm Struan Tonnochy

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Malcolm Struan Tonnochy
Administrator of Hong Kong
In office
Monarch Queen Victoria
Preceded by Sir John Pope Hennessy
Succeeded by Sir William Henry Marsh
Acting Colonial Treasurer
In office
Acting Colonial Secretary
In office
Superintendent of Victoria Gaol
In office
Personal details
Born 5 December 1841
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Died 14 December 1882 (1882-12-15) (aged 41)
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Nationality United Kingdom British
Relations Thomas Toonochy Esq (father)
Caroline Kemball (mother)
Residence Hong Kong
Profession civil servant, colonial administrator
Religion Anglican

Malcolm Struan Tonnochy (Chinese: 杜老誌) was an Anglo-Indian colonial major official serving in British India and in Hong Kong. He has been an acting Governor of Hong Kong in March 1882.

Early years[edit]

Tonnochy was born and Bengal, India in December 1841 to Thomas Tonnochy (a colonial collector in Bulundshahrand) and Caroline Kemball. He was of Scottish and Indian extraction, his paternal grandfather was Scot (Bengal Army Sergeant Major Thomas Tonnochie) and paternal grandmother Indian.

Colonial Service in Hong Kong[edit]

In 1862 Tonnochy left India to work in Hong Kong's civil service joining other notable colonial officials like Cecil Clementi Smith. He worked his way up from cade to hold posts including the acting Colonial Treasurer (when James Russell was absent), acting Colonial Secretary and as judge in the Royal Navy's Vice Admiralty Court of Hong Kong from 1879 to 1882. From 1876 to 1882 he was Superintendent of Victoria Gaol (under Hong Kong Police 1876-1879 and Hong Kong Correctional Services from 1879 to 1882).


Tonnochy was unmarried and died at age 41 in after serving as acting Administrator of Hong Kong in early 1882. Tonnochy is buried at Hong Kong Cemetery.[1]


Unlike most colonial officials in Hong Kong at the time, Tonnochy was never honoured with any titles. The only place that bears his name is Tonnochy Road in Wan Chai. Club Tonnochy and Tonnochy Night Club are named and located on the street named for him.

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Preceded by:
Sir John Pope Hennessy
Governor of Hong Kong (Administrator)
7–28 March 1882
Followed by:
Sir William Henry Marsh