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The Disasters of These Years

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/9789622099906.003.0022
The Disasters of These Years

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This chapter discusses three disasters that occurred during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The first was the plague or the Black Death, which arrived in Hong Kong from Canton in 1894. This killed at least 2,500 people and drove out 10,000 people in the three summer months of that year. The second disaster was the Typhoon of 1906. This swept across Hong Kong without any warning, leaving widespread damage and 10,000 people dead in its wake. The third and final disaster discussed in this chapter is a group of fires that raged in Hong Kong, including the racecourse fire of 1918.

Keywords: disasters; plague; Black Death; Typhoon of 1906; fires; racecourse fire of 1918

Chapter.  3220 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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