Good Companions (1904–1906)

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:
Good Companions (1904–1906)

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At the end of 1903, James Stewart Lockhart wrote to the Colonial Office to inform them that one of his assistants, Walter, proposed to take home leave shortly and this meant that a replacement for him would therefore be required. The Commissioner knew exactly who he wanted for the post: Reginald Johnston, a young official in the Hong Kong service whom he had befriended before leaving to serve in Weihaiwei. During Stewart Lockhart's final years in Hong Kong, Johnston and he were close colleagues, and the two men quickly became staunch friends, despite the difference in their ages. Stewart Lockhart had hoped that the arrival of a capable officer of Johnston's calibre would give him the opportunity to leave Weihaiwei and return to Britain to spend Christmas 1904 with his family. Stewart Lockhart's plans for the Weihaiwei administration were well formulated by the beginning of 1906, but with the Treasury squeeze on the territory as severe as ever, the problem of implementation arose. His hopes were dashed in the autumn of 1906 when he was given the news that China was demanding the restoration of Weihaiwei.

Keywords: James Stewart Lockhart; Reginald Johnston; Weihaiwei; Hong Kong; Colonial Office; Walter; Britain

Chapter.  7602 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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