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. 

Women, Crime and the Courts: Hong Kong 1841-1941 has just left my laptop and is now with Blacksmith Books. Following Parkinson's Law as if it was specially designed for it, it took far longer than I thought, and so I don't yet know when it might appear. But the publisher is speedy, so I'm hoping for the best. Planned events have been postponed, so over the summer I intend to make some updates and additions to this, and get some more articles written, as well as working on the next big project.

On 31st October, the 2020 conference of the Naval Dockyards Society at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, postponed from April, is happening, conditions permitting. I will giving a paper entitled "Out of the Shadows: The Police Force of Hong Kong's Royal Naval Dockyard".

July 2020

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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