The Hong Kong Printing Press – Pedro D’Alcantara Xavier (1886-1952)

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HF: The Hong Kong Printing Press seems to have operated from 1888 to 1980 according to the website linked below dedicated to the company. The site appears to have been researched by descendants of family members who were involved in the company for several generations.

I would like to hear from anyone contributing to the website linked below. I have had difficulty leaving a comment indicating that I am extracting material to be used in this article.
Please contact me: Hugh Farmer indhhk{at}gmail[dot]com 

I thought the company could be introduced through this extract:-

Pedro d’Alcantara Xavier was born in Hong Kong on the 19th October 1886. He was the eldest of 5 children from Lisbelo and Estephania Xavier. Pedro left school at the age of 16 in 1902 and worked in the Booking Department at Carlowitz & Co at a commencing salary of $50 per month.

He quit and joined his father’s Printing Press in June 1904 until 1906. Whereby he again quit and joined the Kowloon Canton Railways as an Assistant Bookkeeper where he was promoted to Head Correspondence Clerk. He resigned from this position later that same year and re-joined the family owned Hong Kong Printing Press for the rest of his working life.

Hoito Wong adds: I checked my database from Directory and Chronicles and found many entries, the earliest from Directory 1895 (located in D’ Aguilar St. and later Wyndham Street, the printing industry hub of HK). So the printing press must have started the business since 1894.

Before starting his own business, National Printing Press, L. Xavier worked for the two renowned Macanese printing presses De Souza & Co. and Noronha. I think it explains many Noronha decendents in his family tree. Certainly the Macanese community back then was quite small. He briefly worked for the famous Kelly & Walsh in the 1880s too. 

I do not have P.A. Xavier tomb stone’s photo in the Happy Valley Catholic cemetery in my photo gallery. I hope I can find it in my next visit. Noronha’s can easily be found.

Xavier died on the 31st May 1952 and is buried at the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Happy Valley, HK.

Pedro D'Alcantara Xavier - The HK Printing Press

Pedro & Amelia Maria Xavier

This article was first posted on 7th July 2015.

See: The History of the Hong Kong Printing Press website

4 Comments

  • Geraldo de Jose

    Lisbelo Xavier was my Granndfather. I am Geraldo de Jose, the son of his daughter Geraldine Socorro Xavier. My email is dejose1@verizon.net. If you have any more information about my grandfather, I would like to know. Thank you.

  • Adrian Xavier

    Pedro Xavier is my grandfather.
    I am Adrian Maria Xavier, son of Arturo Maria Sarazolla Xavier, the youngest child of Pedro and Amelia.
    My email is adrian@amxavier.com.au
    I live in Australia with my family.

  • Manuel Jose da Rosa

    Hello Geraldo

    My name is Manuel Jose da Rosa a Macanese living in Macau for 63 years. I am collector and dealer of Macau Bank notes. I am building a collection of Macau bank notes from the years of 1920 to 1953, and will be on display by the end of this year, during the Macau Numismatic Association, annual celebration, and many of these banks were printed in Hong Kong printing press.
    I have some bank notes printed by HKprinting press, have watermarks. I have tried to read those watermarks, but due to those bank notes are too old, only some alphabet can be seen: R O N or M orW.
    I hope Geraldo can help me a little. If you still have the information about these printings, please tell me something.
    All information will be only used to be writing in my bank notes collection.
    I guess these alphabet could be related with Noronha or Hong or Kong or …..
    Whatever you have or not these information, I am happy to know the Macanese in Hong Kong had such successful business and hope a soon reply.
    Muito Obrigado.
    Manuel Rosa

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