Take Care Of; Take Charge Of
A minutes captioned, “Formation of a Jockey Club for Hong Kong”, the content was:
“A meeting of the subscribers to the races of 1884 was held at the City Hall on 4th inst. (month not given, but presumably October or November) for the purpose of passing the Accounts of the Race Season of 1884 and of considering the advisability of placing racing in Hong Kong on a more stable footing by the formation of a Jockey Club.”
1884-11-04, there were 34 gentlemen present.
The Hon. Phineas Ryrie was voted to the chair.
At the regular meetings of members in the Club’s earlier times, the Chairman was a different Steward almost every year.
1892, the system suddenly became stabilized.
The Hon. C. P. Chater, now a member of the Legislative Council, presided, and thereafter as Senior Steward too.
1926, before his death, he was in the chair every year when he was in the Colony.
|2||1892-1926||Sir Paul Chater||CMG, Chev. Leg. d’Hon., LL D, JP*|
|3||1926-1929||Henry Percy White||Esq|
|4||1929-1935||Charles Gordon Stewart Mackie||JP|
|5||1935-1939||Marcus Theodore Johnson||JP*|
|6||1940-1941||Thomas Ernest Pearce||JP*|
|8||1946-1952||Sir Arthur Morse||CBE*|
|9||1953-1967||Donovan Benson||OBE JP*|
|10||1967-1972||Sir John Saunders||CBE, DSO, MC*|
|11||1972-1974||Sir Douglas Clague||CBE, MC, QPM, CPM TD JP*|
|12||1974-1981||Peter Gordon Williams||OBE, JP*|
|13||1981-1986||Michael Graham Ruddock Sandberg||CBE LLD JP*|
|14||1986–1989||Sir Oswald Cheung||CBE LLD QC JP*|
|15||1989–1991||Sir Gordon MacWhinnie||CBE D.LITT FCA FHKSA JP*|
|16||1992–1993||Sir William Purves||CBE, DSO, GBM|
|17||1993–1996||Sir John Joseph Swaine||CBE LLD QC JP*|
|19||1998–2002||Alan Li Fook-sum||Mr|
|20||2002–2006||Ronald Arculli||GBM, GBS, CVO, OBE, JP*|
|21||2006–2010||John C C Chan||Dr|
|22||2010–2014||T. Brian Stevenson||SBS, JP|
|23||2014–——||Simon S.O. Ip||Dr CBE, Hon DEd, Hon LLD, JP*|
* The Honarable Member of the Executive and/or Legislative Council
It is worthy of note that since its formation, for more than a century HKJC has had fewer than a few Chairmen with comparatively long tenure.
Sir Paul Chater filled the post and guided the fortunes of the Club for 34 years.
Donovan Benson, head of the Mercantile Bank of India, originally chose to retire in Hongkong.
He took over as Chairman of HKJC when Sir Arthur Morse left.
Mr Benson‘s 10 years are the second longest term recorded.
Prime mover in the resolve to go professional, and, as Chairman, the inspiration behind the creation of the magnificent Sha Tin racecourse, was Peter Williams, Chairman (1974-1981).
Peter Williams was succeeded as head of the Jockey Club by Michael Sandberg, Chairman of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.
This was not the only time a banker or a head of ‘The Bank’ had been elected to this position.
Acknowledgment to HKJC Archives and Hong Kong Racing Museum