On Wednesday 31st May 2023 an online lecture was hosted by the Armenian Diocese of Australia. The topics were ‘The Armenian and History of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection in Dhaka’ AND ‘Sir Catchick Paul Chater, The Greatest Armenian Hong Kong Has Ever Seen.’
The speakers were Julieta Arslanian, Board Member of the Armenian Apostolic Church Dhaka and Liz Chater, Heritage Co-Ordinator for the Armenian Church Dhaka and Armenian Family History Researcher.
A short history of the Armenian community in Bangladesh was given. Reference was made to some of the early leading Armenians in Dhaka. There was also mention of Armenians who lived in the city as early as 1714. We also covered the opening of the Pogose School in Dhaka, the founder’s family connection to the Armenian College & Philanthropic Academy in Calcutta. There’s an update on our future plans for the Armenian Church in Dhaka and how we are implementing a number of ideas to secure a strong permanent place for the church in Bangladesh. Our food program strategy, along with our education plans to work with NGOs to help the underprivileged children in Dhaka was covered.
And as if there wasn’t interesting enough there was a fascinating presentation on Sir Catchick Paul Chater covering his early years in Kolkata and Hong Kong, his plans to develop Hong Kong into a leading commercial port in Asia, to his pastimes and passions and his lasting legacies that many benefit from today.
Use this link to listen to the whole online presentation or use our LinkTree page in our Instagram bio and pick it up from there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe6-VpatRlk