November 11, 2018

100 years ago today the news of the Armistice was trickling through to Hong Kong ... telegrams were received, the papers published one page stop press editions in the afternoon and celebrations commenced.

Meanwhile, my grandfather, Patrick O'Sullivan was getting on with...

September 27, 2018

An interesting weekend - especially intrigued about the Civil Affairs Units towards the end of WWII - British police often perilously near to the front line, re-establishing as much of a functioning society as possible in the aftermath of the ousting of axis powers - t...

September 20, 2018

I'm looking forward to the Police History Society conference this weekend - not a huge affair, but they have interesting line ups of speakers ... and this year is no different.  I've used Clive Emsley's books a lot so I'm keen to hear him, then Tony Rae is talking abou...

August 22, 2018

Beginning to think it would never happen but whayhaaaaay!! the books are here!

Yup, four boxes of books arrived at the UK distributor yesterday - one of them went straight out to Easons in Ireland - brill - but now they'll at last be available here.  Just in time for t...

August 6, 2018

Last Sunday, as I drove the 200 odd miles up the motorway to the incomparable Gladstone's Library near Flint, in north Wales, I listened to one of Alastair Cooke's Letter from America.  The boxed set of CDs frequently accompanies me on long journeys, and I'm often stru...

June 25, 2018

Thrilled - and rather relieved - to finally have books again.  The first print run sold out earlier this year, which gave an opportunity for some corrections, particularly to the index, which was compiled (by me) WAY too fast.  Pete Spurrier (Blacksmith Books) has also...

May 25, 2018

The sudden hike in temperature here in HK - typically '33 feels like 38' - is making my departure for temperate climes easier, but in preparation, last week I caught up with my good friends Peter Ryan and Caitriona O'Sullivan - Ireland CG and Vice Consul here in HK.  W...

April 27, 2018

Close to the end of the talk I gave on the Hongkong Naval Dockyard Police Force at the Maritime Museum back in February, I blithely declared that 'By the start of the 1920s the Royal Naval Dockyard Police was a properly organized and paid, professional force ...'...

March 2, 2018

Walter Meredith Deane (seated - George Hennessy of Newmarket is standing behind him) and Punch caricature of Cecil Clementi Smith when later Governor of Straits Settlement. 

No, not the Air Training Corp or the Junior Police ... Cadet Officers were the predecessors...

February 7, 2018

Huge thanks to the young local history enthusiast who attended a talk I gave last November and has now ensured that the anniversary of the Gresson Street shoot-out is on a number of news and commentary sites amongst the Chinese language media here in Hong Kong.  


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