Lui Yum Suen – involvement in the Tai Tong tin mine and a wide variety of Hong Kong industrial concerns

Following Tymon Mellor’s recently posted article, Tin Mine at Tai Tong (Mining Licence No 13), York Lo has unearthed information about one of the mine’s owners in 1941, Lui Yum-suen, and a portrait of Mr Lui.

York Lo: Lui Yum-suen (雷蔭蓀, 1876-1953) was the first chairman of the HK & Kowloon General Association of Liquor Dealers & Distillers (港九酒業總商會),as mentioned in the article about Chinese distilleries. A native of Toishan, he was admitted to the Imperial University of Peking (now Peking University) at the age of 16 and served as a diplomat in the Manchu regime. After the Republic was formed, he became a lawyer and was appointed an advisor to the Kwangtung provincial government. He moved to HK where he was active both in business and civic affairs. Aside from this tin mine, he was also involved in Yan Vo Tong Winery, Sze Yap Steamship Co and the trading firm of Sun Kwong Hup specializing in the American trade. He was a director of Tung Wah and Po Leung Kuk and served as the chairman of Chung Sing Benevolent Society and Sham Shui Po Kaifong Welfare Association. He was also a founder of the HK Confucian Society.and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Most of his nine children lived abroad. (Source: Wah Kiu Yat Po obituary, 1953-12-20).

Lui Yum Suen Image 1932 Courtesy JUne Fong, York Lo

Lui Yum Suen 1932 Chinese Chamber of Commerce board portraits (Source: 1932華商總會年鑑), Courtesy of June Fung. )

This article was first posted on 8th November 2017.

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