E.H.Hunter profile

The lifetimes of our founder, E.H.Hunter.

E.H. Hunter Life Timeline

1843

Dec. 3, 1843

Born the seventh child of John Hunter in present-day Londonderry,Northern Ireland.

Around 1863

Boards a sailboat for Asia with stops at Australia, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

1865

Lands in Yokohama and works there as a bookkeeper for Dutch businessman M.J.B. Noordhoek Hegt before joining Edward Charles Kirby's E.C. Kirby & Co.

1868

Accompanies Kirby in relocating to Kobe with the opening of the Port of Kobe. Marries Aiko Hirano, the daughter of a medicine merchant.

1871

Eldest son, Ryutaro, is born.

Eldest daughter, Fujiko, is born.

1873

Leaves E.C. Kirby & Co. with Seijuro Akizuki and returns to Yokohama to set up a new business. Akizuki falls ill, however, and the plan is called off.

1874

Launches E.H. Hunter & Co. in Building No. 29 of the Kobe Foreign Settlement.the league was thrilling.

1877

Business thrives on military equipment during the Seinan War.

1879

Starts construction of Osaka Iron Works on the Ajigawa River in Osaka.

1881

April 1, 1881

Osaka Iron Works is completed and hired 200 employees.Theinauguration ceremony leaves guests in awe of all foreign-madecutting-edge equipment.

1884

Business faces a crisis owing to deflation. Hunter transfers the business to one of his investors, Saburobei Kadota, and focuses on managing E.H. Hunter & Co. Second son, Hanzaburo, is born.

1885

Business is transferred back from Saburobei Kadota to Hunter.

1888

Third son, Eitoku, is born.

1895

Hunter retires and hands the business to Ryutaro.

1909

Hunter receives the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, in recognition of his promotion of modern industry in Japan and contribution to the revision of unequal treaties.

1914

Osaka Iron Works is reorganized into a joint stock company for capital enhancement.

1916

Nov. 25, 1916

Hunter statue unveiling ceremony is held at Sakurajima Works

* The statue was donated by World War II.

1917

June 2, 1917

Hunter passes away in Kobe.

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