Robert Kotewall

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Robert Kotewall
Head-and-shoulders portrait of a Eurasian gentleman in a suit
Robert Kotewall
Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council
In office
1946
GovernorCecil Harcourt
Preceded byJohn Johnstone Paterson
Succeeded byArthur Morse
Personal details
Born
Robert Hormus Kotewall

1880
Died23 May 1949
British Hong Kong
Spouse(s)Edith Lowcock[1]
OccupationBusinessman
Robert Kotewall
Traditional Chinese羅旭龢

Sir Robert Hormus Kotewall CMG (羅旭龢; 1880–1949) was a British Hong Kong businessman, civil servant and legislator.

Kotewall was the son of Hormusjee Rustomjee Kotewall, a Parsi from India. His ancestry included Chinese, Parsi (as his middle name of Hormus and surname of Kotewall suggests) and European forebears.

In 1913, he was named Clerk to the Magistracy and JP. By 1919, Dr Kotewall was in trade as the manager of the Hong Kong Mercantile Company. In 1923, he was invited to join the Legislative Council as an unofficial member, a position he held until 1935. In 1936, he joined the Executive Council.

Memory[edit]

Kotewall Road, in Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Island, and Sir Robert Kotewall Hall in the campus of St. Paul's Co-educational College, are named after him. His daughter, Dr. Bobby Kotewall, a teacher, became the principal of St. Paul's Co-educational College.

References[edit]

Robert Kotewall (2nd right) as part of the administration of Geoffry Northcote (centre)

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Ng Hon-tsz
Chinese Unofficial Member
1923–1935
Succeeded by
Lo Man-kam
Preceded by
Chow Shou-son
Senior Chinese Unofficial Member
1923–1935
Succeeded by
Ts'o Seen-wan
Political offices
Preceded by
Chow Shou-son
Chinese Unofficial Member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong
1936–1941
Japanese occupation of Hong Kong