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From: "liz" <>
Subject: [INDIA] Sir Apcar Alexander Apcar Obituary 1913
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 13:47:18 +0100
>From The Times.
Obituary Sir A.A. Apcar, died 17 April 1913.
The sudden death at Bangalore of Sir Apcar Alexander Apcar, K.C.S.I., at the age of 62, briefly announced in The Times of yesterday,
removes one of the best known and most popular of the merchant princes of Calcutta.
The Apcar family is of Armenian origin, and settled in Bengal early in the 19th century. Its fortunes were made by trade with
China, ore particularly in opium, and for many years the firm had its own line of steamships between Calcutta and the Treat ports.
Sir Alexander was born in Calcutta in 18751, and, after going to school at Harrow, returned to his native city in the early
seventies, never again visiting Europe. Though he had made no particular mark in the school games at Harrow, at Calcutta he was one
of the best batsmen of the strong cricket club of a generation ago, and also a noted rackets player. He followed his parents in the
occupation of the well known house in Russell Street, and fully maintained its traditional hospitality. In later years he was best
known in sporting circles as a generous patron of racing. He was for some years president of the Calcutta Turf Club and afterwards
an honorary steward, and it was largely upon his initiative that the present grand stand on the racecourse was erected on the model
of that at Longchamp. He kept a fine stud, recruited from a breeding farm he owned in Australia, and secured some notable successes
on the Indian turf. His stud was "summered" at Bangalore, and in the last few years it had been his custom to spend a good part of
the hot weather season there.
Sir Alexander took a prominent part in the work of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce, of which he was vice-president in 1903 and
president from 1904-1907. He represented the Chamber on the Bengal Legislative Council during the greater part of this period, and
on the Supreme Legislature from 1900-1909, and for many years he was one of its representatives on the Port Trust. A man of sober
judgment and shrewd good sense, he avoided long speeches, and whatever he said was to the point. His portrait in oils was placed in
the committee room of the Bengal Chamber by subscription a few years ago. He was created a C.S.I., in 1903, and was advanced to
knighthood of the Order on the occasion of the Royal Durbar at Delhi. Sir Alexander was for many years Consul for Siam in Calcutta.
He was unmarried, and the headship of the firm now passes to his surviving uncle, Mr. Twomey Apcar.
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