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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. 

                                                         

Back in Hong Kong! Jan & Feb 2023
After these three long years it's wonderful to be back in this great city.
12th January - with fellow authors at Bookazine, Princes Building from 6pm-7pm
14th January - part of Gender Salon at Tai Kwun, Hollywood Road. At 2pm I am                        presenting a talk entitled 'Incarcerated Women: 90 years in Victoria Gaol'.
28th January - at Vibe, Mui Wo, Lantau for 'Murder on the Islands, 1910s-style' at                      2.30 pm - and it will also be on Facebook Live.
1st February - at United Services Recreation Club in Kowloon, at 7.30pm, I'm giving                  a talk for the Orders and Medals Research Society, 'Hong Kong's 500: Life,                  death and gallantry in the trenches of World War One'.
9th February - at Cafe 8 (Pier 8), starting at 7pm, the Royal Asiatic Society are                              hosting 'Ministering Angels? Eighty years of nursing in Hong Kong'

AND CATCH Hong Kong Heritage on RTHK Radio 3 - available on catch up or as a podcast - Annemarie Evans and I speak about the women's prison in Victoria Gaol. The program went out on 7th/8th January and are still 
available. 
                                                  LINKS TO ALL THE ABOVE WILL FOLLOW SOON

 

Women, Crime and Courts front cover

Women, Crime and 

the Courts:

Hong Kong 1841-1941 

 published by  BlacksmithBooks 18th December 2020. ISBN 978-988-79639-8-1 more information here

Next project - the Hong Kong Police who went to war.
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That title would imply 1941 and the Battle for Hong Kong to many readers - but I've always been fascinated by the earlier period, 1914-18, when hundreds of the British subjects in Hong Kong sailed to London to enlist in the fight against Germany.

But there's more to the story - the general idea that 'World War One didn't touch Hong Kong' isn't quite right. War came to the whole region, and affected, to some extent, all communities there. One outstanding development was the birth of the Reserve Police Force - entirely voluntary and unpaid, with almost 700 men - Chinese, Portuguese, Indian and British - helping the HKP keep the place safe. And it was in this organisation that the Chinese and Indians took their place in the senior ranks, years before equality came to the regular force.
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