Hongkong - 1841 to 1941

(give or take a few years..)

A unique place at a time now slipped from memory.

Stories of the people who lived and worked here - British, Chinese, Irish, Portuguese ....


Bringing to life some of the social history of Hongkong's colonial past through the tales and documents they left behind. 

Currently, I'm in the final stages of work on Women, Crime and the Courts: Hong Kong 1841-1941 to be published Autumn 2020 by Blacksmith Book.  As soon as that's submitted, I'll be turning my mind back to The Cadets: Hong Kong's First Civil Servants, for the 60th anniversary edition of  Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch.   And on April 4th I am giving a paper entitled "Out of the Shadows: The Police Force of Hong Kong's Royal Naval Dockyard" at the 2020 conference of the Naval Dockyards Society at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. 

Click on the SS Devanha to explore old Hongkong
Click on the book for the story that prompted it 
and more
about the Irish policemen of Hongkong
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