The author was elected Chairman of the Anglo-Portuguese Society in 2010, the third generation of the family to serve the Society. He describes his family’s Portuguese history, going back to his great-grandfather, Pitt Hornung, who was first attracted to Lisbon on a brief stop on a journey from Uruguay to England. His father found him a job in Lisbon and the rest is history. Pitt soon met and married Laura, one of nine children. In time he developed a thriving business in Mozambique and became very wealthy. In March 1909, Hornung & Co. opened the Refineria Colonial sugar refinery at Alcantara Docks. In 1938 his two sons, Bernard and George, attended a dinner in London in honour of the Portuguese Ambassador, at which it was agreed to establish the Anglo-Portuguese Society. The author’s father, Stephen, served in the Royal Navy during WW2 and then moved to Lisbon to work in the family business, marrying Carmen, a Spaniard in 1955.
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