Samuel Barff was a Hong Kong civil servant, shown living at No.13 Castle Road ("The Hut") in the 1884 directory. He came to Nagasaki, Japan in 1894 with his wife Katherine (Kate) and rented the house at No.15 Minamiyamate in the Nagasaki Foreign Settlement. The couple called the house "Cliff Field." Samuel was bedridden during most of his stay in Nagasaki. He died on August 25, 1897 at the age of sixty-nine and was buried at Sakamoto International Cemetery. In January 1898, Another family tragedy soon followed. <Read more ...>
Jeannie trained as a nurse at Perth Royal Infirmary before going to Hong Kong in 1938 (approx). She was interned in Stanley Civilian Camp following the fall of Hong Kong in December 1941. Her fiance, Fred Woodhead was interned as a POW in Sham Shui Po before being transported on the Lisbon Maru to Ossaka #1 Camp. After the war ended Jeannie and Fred returned to Dundee and were married 3 weeks later. Fred returned to Hong Kong and Jeannie joined him after the birth of their son in 1947. Jeannie & Fred emigrated from the UK to Australia in late 1950, where th <Read more ...>
Thomson was educated in the University of Edinburgh. After graduated from university, he came to Hong Kong as a cadet.
During his tenure, he took up some important posts like the defence secretary (1950) and held up the post of deputy colonial secretary until his early death in 1952. He was buried in Hong Kong Cemetery.
One of his interesting trivia is, there was a youth hostel named after him in Yau Ma Tei. <Read more ...>