Philip Haddon-Cave

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Sir Charles Philip Haddon-Cave
Personal details
Born (1925-07-06)6 July 1925
Died 28 September 1999(1999-09-28) (aged 74)

Sir Charles Philip Haddon-Cave (better known as Philip Haddon-Cave; Chinese: 夏鼎基爵士 ), KBE, CMG (6 July 1925 – 27 September 1999) was Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1971 to 1981. During the period when he was in charge of the economic policy of the Hong Kong government, he adopted "positive non-interventionism" as its chief principle. He was subsequently appointed Chief Secretary, in which post he served from 1981 to 1985.

Haddon-Cave was born and educated in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia with his brother David and sister Pamela.

Despite his long years of service in Hong Kong, Haddon-Cave was famous for his dislike of Chinese food, and at Chinese banquets, Haddon-Cave frequently insisted upon ordering steak.[1]

After leaving Hong Kong, he spent his retirement quietly in England where son Sir Charles Anthony was appointed to the High Court in 2011. Many of Haddon-Cave's family and relatives still live in Hong Kong, including younger son Francis who was called to the bar in 1999.

He is grandfather to actress Jessie Cave[2] and Sydney-based artist Ismay.[3]


  1. ^ Dealing With the Dragon: A Year in the New Hong Kong, Jonathan Fenby, Arcade Publishing, 2001, page 26
  2. ^ Chic geek: Jessie Cave and her quirky fashion label, Evening Standard, 23 November 2011
  3. ^ Ismay Haddon-Cave
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Cowperthwaite
Financial Secretary of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Sir John Henry Bremridge
Preceded by
Sir Jack Cater
Chief Secretary of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Sir David Akers-Jones
Preceded by
Murray MacLehose
Administrator of Hong Kong
April–May 1982
Succeeded by
Edward Youde