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Lam Woo: Master Builder, Revolutionary, and Philanthropist
林護:孫中山背後的香港建築商

Lam Woo: Master Builder, Revolutionary, and Philanthropist
林護:孫中山背後的香港建築商
  • Professor Moira Chan-Yeung  MBBS 1962

  • 馮以浤(譯) BA 1960; MA(Ed) 1967

  • 中文大學出版社


This book focuses on Lam Woo, a well-known, highly successful building contractor whose company was based in Hong Kong at the beginning of the twentieth century. At a time when Hong Kong was expanding rapidly, Lam Woo contributed significantly to the building of its infrastructure such as land reclamation, and the construction of dockyards and roads.

 

Using in-depth historical studies on Anglican Christianity in Hong Kong and China, rich archival sources, and historical photographs, this book illustrates the life of a man who was a pioneer builder of majestic heritage buildings throughout Hong Kong such as St. Paul’s Church, St. Paul’s Coeducational College, the Diocesan Boys’ School, and St. Stephen’s College, all of which remain in use today.

 

Lam Woo was more than a builder—his selfless support of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s revolution earned him the title of the “Perfect Revolutionary”. As one of the founders of St. Paul’s Girls’ School, known today as St. Paul’s Coeducational College, Lam Woo promoted the establishment of the Hong Kong YMCA and left a lasting legacy for Hong Kong and his native Guangzhou through his philanthropist activities in education.

 

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林護(1870–1933)是中國二十世紀初一個非常成功的建築商。他十四歲便離鄉別井,隻身前往澳洲謀生。他在澳洲認識基督教,以及後來成為百貨業巨擘的馬氏和郭氏兄弟。他21歲回鄉娶親後本來打算返回澳洲工作,卻被香港吸引而停留下來,發展自己的事業。

 

林護相信「商業救國」的論述,當清政府號召國民和華僑支持國家的工商業時,林護和一些四邑商人組成財團在華南投資。二十世紀初,他與孫中山先生結交,從此大力支持革命。辛亥革命之後,林護致力發展中國的城市,希望藉此帶動當地的商業活動。林護的公司在香港和內地大城市建造過很多優秀的大廈。他又積極支持教育,其對教育的支持和投入,至今仍然通過「林護基金」而延續下去。

 

本書作者陳慕華教授透過採訪林護後人和深入的資料搜集,重塑林護一生的傳奇故事。中文版由馮以浤先生翻譯,他與陳教授曾合作撰寫拔萃男書院校史。

 

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