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A Rigorous Training (1879–1884)

Shiona Airlie

in Thistle and Bamboo

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028924.003.0002
A Rigorous Training (1879–1884)

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James Stewart Lockhart's first action in Hong Kong was to report to the Colonial Secretary who informed him that he would begin his duties, as was customary, by spending a few weeks in the colony becoming acquainted with the administration as a whole. In addition, he would have been introduced to the other “young bloods” of the island. However, he had little opportunity to indulge himself in Hong Kong's emerging social scene for, after a brief respite from the rigours of travel, he was on his way once more; this time to Guangzhou to continue his Chinese studies. Stewart Lockhart was taken from the superintendency in August 1883 and promoted to the dual post of Assistant Colonial Secretary and Assistant Auditor-General. In addition to following his career, during this time he continued to pursue the twin loves of his life—sport and academic research. Whilst pursuing his career with vigour, and at the same time enjoying the sporting and social facilities of Hong Kong to their fullest, Stewart Lockhart somehow managed to find time to continue his research into many aspects of Chinese culture.

Keywords: James Stewart Lockhart; Chinese culture; Hong Kong; Guangzhou; Colonial Secretary; sport; academic research

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Subjects: Asian History

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