History Notes, issue 1
Issue 1 of History Notes was compiled by the late Phillip Bruce, and published as a printed booklet in the late 1980s. It covers topics ranging from prostitutes to poems, pirates to policemen:
- BITS OF OLD CHINA - An American resident of Canton gives an account of living there in the 1800s.
- RAISING THE FLAG AGAIN - A report of raising the flags at Stanley Camp in August 1945, to celebrate the British return to Hong Kong.
- THE AMERICAN NAVY ON THE CHINA COAST - The activities of the United States in Chinese waters in the nineteenth century .
- THE ANGELS OF WANCHAI - A Hong Kong veteran describes the prostitutes in Wanchai immediately before the Second World War, and how those same women risked great danger to care for the young soldiers during the fighting and when the soldiers were put into prisoner-of-war camps.
- MY PASSAGE OUT TO SEA - A wartime poem written in Shamshuipo camp. The author did not survive the war.
- YOUNG DAVID DIED AN EARLY DEATH IN MACAU - The story of one of the men buried in a Protestant cemeteries at Macau.
- THE HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE BATTALION ROYAL ARTILLERY - Details of the HKSRA's early history.
- SHARK ENDS SERGEANT’S STORY - Sergeant Jackson survived the fighting and internment, but made the fatal decision to have one last swim in Hong Kong before leaving.
- INFORMATION WANTED - Several questions form the 1980s, hopefully answered long ago!
- 1941 CASUALTY FIGURES - The estimates given by Major General C.M. Maltby in November 1945.
- LIFE'S HELL IN THE EAST - Extracts from a 1932 guidebook for new arrivals in Hong Kong.
- WIPING OUT A PIRATE LAIR - The attack on the pirates at Kuhlan in 1854.
Many thanks to Mr Bruce's family for letting me re-publish the booklet here on Gwulo, to give it a second lease of life and introduce it to a new audience.
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