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Protector of Chinese (1884–1889)

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/9789888028924.003.0003
Protector of Chinese (1884–1889)

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No sooner had James Stewart Lockhart begun to grasp the complexities of the Colonial Secretariat, than he was moved, albeit temporarily. Less than a year after his appointment as Assistant Colonial Secretary, he was given the new appointment of Acting Registrar General, the established post at that time being held by Dr F. Stewart. Undaunted by the task ahead of him, Stewart Lockhart tackled the post of Acting Registrar General with apparent enthusiasm. It is interesting to note Stewart Lockhart's reaction to coping with the troubles which beset Hong Kong in 1884. His approach to the extradition of criminals shows the fact that his long support of existing Chinese structures and organizations in Hong Kong and Weihaiwei was not due to altruistic humanitarianism as some might suppose. Stewart Lockhart, as Registrar General, was in many ways the victim of his own success.

Keywords: James Stewart Lockhart; Chinese structures; Chinese organizations; Registrar General; Hong Kong; Weihaiwei; altruistic humanitarianism

Chapter.  7756 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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