Hello, I am hoping some of you may be able to help me with some dissertation research or guide me to sources that may be of use, perhaps a similar website to Gwulo. My Historical research is on 'Scots in Shanghai', until 1945.
I am aware that this topic is not directly related to Hong Kong entirely. Still, as was the case with my family, I know some of you will have either moved yourself from Shanghai to Hong Kong, or had previous generations of your family living in the international settlement.
I am looking for sources that may be able to help me understand the life of the Scottish Diaspora in Shanghai until 1945 that individuals or families would be happy for me to research and reference in my research. This can be related to the first generation of migration and the subsequent generations of Scottish ancestry.
These sources include photos, letters, diaries, birth/death/marriage certificates, official documents e.g. government, newspapers, magazines, posters, advertisements, pamphlets, oral interviews/histories, autobiographies, maps, reports and records of local clubs/schools/societies, films, music, architecture, physical objects and much much more!!
My Great-Grandmother Helen Dick (nee Leach) was just one of many individuals who ended up in Hong Kong after being born in Shanghai of Scottish ancestry, so I have a personal as well as historical interest in this area.
If any individuals would be up for a chat about ideas or sources, happy to share records digitally or in person (within the vicinity of central Scotland), or have any further questions, please get in touch via Facebook or my email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Similarly, if you have any other ideas of where to request primary sources outwith official archives eg National Records of Scotland or at Kew, please let me know!
Many thanks for reading,