British Attitudes Toward Hong Kong in the Nineteenth Century

  • Gillian Bickley


By the end of the nineteenth century, the various groups that made up the British community had established patterns for their lives in Hong Kong. Benefiting from the systems put in place by previous residents, they were able to follow their different avocations somewhat more smoothly. Needing to expend less effort to create the context within which their particular activities could take place, they could carry them out more efficiently and beneficially. Additionally, benefiting from what had been learnt by their predecessors, they had access to a better understanding of the local situation. Administrative officials, naval and military officers and members of other ranks, teachers, businessmen, missionaries, and others found their place in this recently acquired colony of the British Empire. As the British community formed and grew, its members were also in search of the best ways to administer, serve, teach, profit, evangelize, or simply live with each other and people of other nationalities in Hong Kong.


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