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Sir George Phillippo (1833 – 16 February 1914) was Chief Justice of Hong Kong in the late 19th century. He often attended the Legislative Council of Hong Kong sittings from around 1884 to 1888.

Sir George Phillippo
Chief Justice of Hong Kong
In office
Personal details
Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica
Died16 February 1914
Flag of Switzerland.svgGeneva, Switzerland
Spouse(s)Eliza Hughes
Alma materInner Temple


Early life and educationEdit

Phillippo was born in Spanish Town, St Catherine’s, Jamaica in 1833, the son of Rev. James Phillippo and Hannah Elizabeth Cecil. He went to school in England, trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 1862. He did not practise law in England at that time, but returned to Jamaica, where he married Mary Clark, the daughter of Rev. John Clark, a colleague of his father in 1862. Mary’s sister Hannah was married to George’s brother James.

Legal practiceEdit

In 1862 George was called to the Jamaican Bar and, although he did practise law in Jamaica, within a few years he began an illustrious career with the British government and took up appointments in many parts of the world. His wife Mary died 16 April 1890. Later in 1890 he married Eliza Hughes, daughter of Thomas Hughes while in London.

Some highlights of his career:

Retirement and deathEdit

He retired from Colonial Service as Chief Justice of Hong Kong on 5 October 1888. In 1897 he was appointed as the British High Consul in Geneva, Switzerland.[1]

After he retired from public life in 1910 he decided to remain in Geneva and it was there he died on 16 February 1914. His funeral was conducted at the English Church in Geneva.[2]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ The Colonies and India February 5, 1898, p9
  2. ^ Hong Kong Telegraph, 14 February 1914
  • Burke’s Peerage, 1906
  • Minutes of the Vancouver Island Legislative Council, 1871
  • Minutes of the Hong Kong and Territories Legislative Council 1882-88
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Bramston
Attorney General of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Edward Loughlin O'Malley
Preceded by
William Henry Doyle
Chief Justice of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Henry James Burford Burford-Hancock
Preceded by
John Jackson Smale
Chief Justice of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
James Russell