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Introduction

John Strickland

in Southern District Officer Reports

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028382
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207400 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028382.003.0010
Introduction

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This chapter discusses the book's composition and provides some background information about the district officers responsible for the Southern Administrative District, Hong Kong, namely Eric Hamilton, Walter Schofield, S. H. Peplow, Paul Tsui, Austin Coates, and James Hayes. It notes that these men, all “cadet officers” (now called “administrative officers)”, were members of the small group that constituted the core of the governing system in the then British colony, regularly moving between different jobs so as to gain experience and to be able to see the big picture when making decisions. It explains that the reason for writing the reports was no doubt primarily as an aide-mémoire for the officers themselves.

Keywords: district officers; Southern Administrative District; Hong Kong; Eric Hamilton; Walter Schofield; S. H. Peplow; Paul Tsui; Austin Coates; James Hayes; British colony

Chapter.  2663 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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