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Emanuel Raphael Belilios

Birthplace: Kolkata, W Bengal, India
Death: Died in London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Barnet, Greater London, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Raphael Emanuel Belilios and Salha Belilios
Husband of Sema Belilios
Partner of LEE Wai Yin
Father of Hannah Judah; Raphael "Billy" Emanuel Belilios; David Belilios and Maria FELICIE Choa
Brother of Regina Sassoon; Gracia Gubbay; Isaac Raphael Belilios; Aaron Raphael Belilios, Sr.; Dinah Belilios and 2 others

Occupation: Chairman, Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
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About Emanuel Raphael Belilios

Armorial families : a directory of gentlemen of coat-armour (1905)


Who’s Who: An Annual Biographical Dictionary


BELILIOS, Emanuel Raphael, C.M.G.

(1893), J.P. ; merchant; b. Calcutta, 14 Nov. 1837 ; e. s. of Raphael Emanuel Belilios, member of a Venetian family; m. Semah, d. of D. J. Ezra, merchant of Calcutta. Edw.: Montague’s School, Calcutta. Settled in Hong Kong in 1862, where he carried on business as a merchant trading with India until 1900; a M.L.C. of Hong Kong 1882-1900; is a J.P., a lauded proprietor, and largely interested in many public companies of the colony; in 1893 erected a public school for girls, and in 1897 a reformatory ; takes a special interest in education, and has founded several scholarships for the encouragement of male and female education in the colony. Decorated for general public services. Recreations: yachting, riding, swimming, cycling. Address: “Kingsclere,” Hong Kong; “The Eyrie,” Peak, Hong Kong; Green Park House, 134 Piccadilly, W. Clubs: Constitutional, Junior Constitutional; Hong Kong, Peak, Hong Kong.


The Jewish Year Book‎


Belilios, Hon. Emanuel Raphael, C.H.G., J.P. Colonial Public Worker. Son of Raphael Emanuel Belilios, member of a Venetian family. Born Calcutta, 1837. Married Semah, daughter of D. J. Ezra, merchant, of Calcutta. Educated at Montague’s School, Calcutta. Settled in Hong Kong in 1862. M.L.C., 1882-1890). Is a J.P. and landed proprietor. Erected a public school for girls in 1893, and a reformatory in 1897. Has been decorated for general public services. Address.—“Kingsclere,” Hong Kong, “The Eyrie,” Peak, Hong Kong, and 134, Piccadilly, London.


Lugard in Hong Kong: empires, education and a governor at work, 1907-1912‎

by Bernard Mellor, 1992

BELILIOS, Emanuel Raphael (1837–1905), broker and merchant of Portuguese-Indian mixed origins; chairman Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation; member of Hong Kong College of Medicine court 1890–1905; educated at Calcutta; CMG, JP; arrived Hong Kong 1862; erected Belilios public school for girls 1893; LegCo* member 1881, 1892–1900; instituted under trusts of 1883 and 1891 two prizes in Hong Kong College of Medicine (transferred to HKU in 1911, reorganized in 1973); member of the Hong Kong College of Medicine endowment committee in London.



Belilios Public School


Our History

When our school first opened in 1890, it was called the Central School for Girls. Three years later in 1893, it was re-named Belilios Public School in honour of Mr. Emmanual Raphael Belilios, who had donated $25,000 to enable the school to have a new building in Hollywood Road. Mr. Belilios was a Jewish trader who came from India to Hong Kong in 1862. In Hong Kong, he had served as the Chairman of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and also of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Group that owned the Mandarin and Peninsula Hotels. Thirty years after he set foot on Hong Kong, he was appointed to the Legislative Council in recognition of his many contributions to Hong Kong society.

However, Mr. Belilios was best remembered for being a great philanthropist. Before he made the $25,000 donation to enable our school to have a new 3-storeyed building, he had donated $5,000, one third of the total costs for setting up the Alice Memorial Hospital, which served as one of the major teaching hospitals for students of the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese (which later became the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong). With a view to promoting the welfare and education of Chinese girls who were driven to crimes and prostitution by poverty, Mr Belilios also made available the funding for establishing a probation home for girls. There was and is also an abundance of scholarships established with Mr Belilios' donations either during his lifetime or upon death. They have enabled needy students to pursue education at the universities.



Successful opium trader Emanuel Raphael Belilios was born in Calcutta, India, on 14 November 1837. His father was Raphael Emanuel Belilios, member of a Jewish Venetian family. Emanuel married Simha Ezra in 1855, and in 1862 he settled in Hong Kong and engaged in trade.

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Emanuel Raphael Belilios's Timeline

November 14, 1837
Kolkata, W Bengal, India
Age 17
December 1, 1857
Age 20
Age 24
- 1888
Age 30
Age 32
Hong Kong, Central And Western District, Hong Kong Island
- 1882
Age 38
Age 43
Hong Kong
March 20, 1882
Age 44
Hong Kong
March 17, 1885
Age 47