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Forgotten SoulsA Social History of the Hong Kong Cemetery$
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Patricia Lim

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099906

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099906.001.0001

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The Disasters of These Years

The Disasters of These Years

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(p.442) Chapter 21 The Disasters of These Years
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Forgotten Souls
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Patricia Lim

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099906.003.0022

This chapter discusses three disasters that occurred during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The first was the plague or the Black Death, which arrived in Hong Kong from Canton in 1894. This killed at least 2,500 people and drove out 10,000 people in the three summer months of that year. The second disaster was the Typhoon of 1906. This swept across Hong Kong without any warning, leaving widespread damage and 10,000 people dead in its wake. The third and final disaster discussed in this chapter is a group of fires that raged in Hong Kong, including the racecourse fire of 1918.

Keywords:   disasters, plague, Black Death, Typhoon of 1906, fires, racecourse fire of 1918

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