A Family Man (1889–1895)

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:
A Family Man (1889–1895)

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James Stewart Lockhart's momentous year was 1889. On 12 January, he became a member of the Legislative Council and, barely six weeks later, the Hongkong Telegraph announced his marriage. It was at the time of his marriage that Stewart Lockhart formally adopted the double surname he had been using informally since his arrival in Hong Kong. The acquisition of wife and child, and the social pressures of entertaining Hong Kong society at the new house, did not hamper Stewart Lockhart's ability to work with his customary enthusiasm and efficiency. The five years following his marriage had been fruitful in every sense. He had become both husband and father, had established himself centre stage in the theatre of Chinese scholarship; and in addition—almost, it would seem in his spare time—had continued to pursue his career in the Colonial Service with considerable credit. Further merits and prizes awaited him, the first of these being his appointment as Colonial Secretary. At long last, Stewart Lockhart was approaching the summit of his power.

Keywords: James Stewart Lockhart; Legislative Council; marriage; Hong Kong; Colonial Secretary

Chapter.  8779 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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