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Women and Children

Patricia Lim

in Forgotten Souls

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9789622099906
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099906.003.0014
Women and Children

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This chapter discusses the women and children who are buried in the Hong Kong Cemetery. It is stated that the average age of death for the fifty-four women found in the Cemetery from 1845 to 1860 was just over 31 years. Some of the women were army wives, while others managed to run their own businesses. Others had died during childbirth. Some of the women had given birth almost every year. Children were also at risk from ill health during this time, especially the infants and weaning babies, as the milk or water they drank could not be sterilized.

Keywords: women; children; average age of death; Hong Kong Cemetery

Chapter.  6423 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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