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Sir George Phillippo

In office
1882 – 1888

Born 1833
Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica
Died 16 February, 1914
Flag of Switzerland.svgGeneva, Switzerland
Spouse(s) Eliza Hughes
Alma mater Inner Temple

Sir George Phillippo was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong in the late 1800s. He often attended the Legislative Council of Hong Kong sittings from around 1884 to 1888.He was born in Spanish Town, St Catherine’s, Jamaica in 1833, the son of Rev. James Mursell Phillippo and Hannah Elizabeth Cecil.

Education and legal practice

Phillippo went to school in England, trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 1862. He did not practice 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. Later in 1862 George was called to the Jamaican Bar and, although he did practice 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 April 16, 1890. Later in 1890 he married Eliza Hughes, daughter of Thomas Hughes while in London.

He retired from Colonial Service as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong on October 5, 1888. In 1897 he was appointed as the British High Consul in Geneva, Switzerland. After he retired from public life in 1910 he decided to remain in Geneva and it was there he died on February 16, 1914.

Some highlights of his career:


  1. The Times
  2. The London Gazette
  3. The Jamaica Gleaner
  4. Burke’s Peerage, 1906
  5. Minutes of the Vancouver Island Legislative Council, 1871
  6. Minutes of the Hong Kong and Territories Legislative Council 1882-88
  7. Family stories
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Henry Adams
Attorney General of Hong Kong
1884 – 1889
Succeeded by
Edward Louchlin O'Malley


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