Charlotte Mabel BIRD (née MAY, aka Charles / Birdie) [1905-1992] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Charlotte Mabel BIRD (née MAY, aka Charles / Birdie) [1905-1992]

Charlotte Mabel
Alias / nickname: 
Charles / Birdie


Charlotte Bird (aka 'Charles' or 'Birdie') met Mildred Dibden, who was to open and run the Fanling Babies Home, on the ship to Hong Kong. The third dining table companion was Bonnie Robinson, later Bonie Penney. The two women took part in discussions about the future Home with Miss Dibden and became supporters of her work for 30 years.

Miss Bird worked as a teacher. On leaving Stanley she took over the running of the Home while Miss Dibden (and her Australian assistant Ruth Little) left Hong Kong for repatriation on the Empress of Australia.

In 1966 Miss Dibden transferred over 20 Chinese children to the UK and Charlotte Bird was one of those helping her in this difficult move.



Jill Doggett, The Yip Family of Amah Rock, 1982 ed, 82, 83, 84, 194, 235.

Death Index Charlotte Mabel Bird died 1992 Hampshire date of birth 29 July 1905

Marriage Charlotte Mabel May to  Harold A Bird 1926 Portsmouth

Passenger List 1928 Southampton to Hong Kong 

Charlotte Mabel Bird  age 22 married woman 48 Plymouth Street Southsea Hampshire where her parents were living in 1939

Passenger List 1929 London to Hong Kong

Harold A Bird age 34 N.A.A.F.I. 16 Beaconfield Road Leytonstone UK

Passenger List Liverpool to Hong Kong 13 August 1947

Charlotte Mabel Bird teacher age 42




Charlotte Bird (Birdy) was my father's cousin and she lived in Southsea until she had to go into a Nursing Home (on Hayling Island) in the early 1990's. She never spoke about her time in Stanley Camp. All we knew about her was that she had something to do with bringing children from China to England. Since starting my family tree I have been researching various members of my family and building up quite a picture of the family. Whilst Charlotte was 'enjoying' the hospitality in Hong Kong of the Japanese, my Grandfather had the misfortune to be on one of their Hellships, from Java to Japan. I did wonder if there was a photograph of her anywhere whilst she was in Stanley or if there are any more written references to her. I have the book written by Jill Doggett and have been very amazed at the references to Charlotte's (or Lottie as we knew her) involvement in the movement of the orphans to England.