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LESLIE JOSEPH HOOKER

LESLIE JOSEPH HOOKER was born on August 18 1903, the son of Australian mother and a Chinese father. Born Leslie Joseph Tingyou, he later changed his name to Hooker in 1925. Educated in public schools, he began work at 13 in a Japanese import and export company. Later, in Sydney, he tried to take advantage of an economic boom, but his first real-estate business failed. Surviving the Depression, Hooker's agency flourished. By the time he retired in 1969, he owned one of the biggest real estate firms in the country. At one point he was described as 'the most efficient selling agent of urban real estate in Australian history', portrayed as a 'champion' of the industry and as a 'great salesman'. In 1973, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II knighted L.J. Hooker in recognition of his service to commerce and the community in Australia.