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Triumphs and Tribulations (1895–1898)

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/9789888028924.003.0005
Triumphs and Tribulations (1895–1898)

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On 26 March 1895, James Stewart Lockhart was finally appointed to the post he had first applied for six years earlier. He became Colonial Secretary, the Governor of Hong Kong's most senior official. His power within the colony was immense, for, as an economy measure, the posts of Colonial Secretary and Registrar General had been combined into a single appointment. It is difficult to appreciate the enormous variety of problems, both major and minor, which Stewart Lockhart was called upon to solve on a daily basis. In addition, his reverence for the statute of law and his abhorrence of those who broke it crossed all boundaries of race, creed, and social status. 1898 was a year of immense importance not only for Stewart Lockhart, but for the colony of Hong Kong as well. Moreover, he was to become completely immersed in the leasing and organization of the New Territories.

Keywords: James Stewart Lockhart; Colonial Secretary; Hong Kong; governor; Registrar General; New Territories

Chapter.  6512 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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