The Hochoys
Sir Solomon and Lady Thelma Hochoy

An Online Exhibition


Solomon Hochoy was Governor-General of Trinidad and Tobago (i.e. Head of State and representative of the British monarch) from 1962 to 1972. He was previously Governor of the twin-island colony from 1960, being the first local to occupy the position of Governor.

Born in Jamaica on 20 April 1905, he arrived in Trinidad and Tobago as an infant. Starting off as a Tally Clerk in the Coastal Steamers Department in 1927, he rose through the ranks of the Civil Service to become Colonial Secretary, the second highest position in the colonial hierarchy, in 1956.

In 1935, Hochoy married Thelma Edna Huggins who was born in Ste. Madeleine, Trinidad, on 17 September 1910. Thelma Hochoy, whose main interest was in social welfare, worked tirelessly in support of the Lady Hochoy Home for Retarded Children/Trinidad and Tobago Association for Retarded Children.

Solomon Hochoy died on 15 November 1983. This exhibition commemorates the twentieth anniversary of his death. The digital images in this exhibit are derived from physical items housed in the Special Collections of the Campus Libraries, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

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