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Reduced to a Symbolical Scale: The Evacuation of British Women and Children from Hong Kong to Australia in 1940

Tony Banham


In July 1940, the wives and children of British families in Hong Kong, military and civilian, were compulsorily evacuated, following a plan created by the Hong Kong government in 1939. That plan focused exclusively on the process of evacuation itself, but issues concerning how the women and children should settle in the new country, communication with abandoned husbands, and reuniting families after the war were not considered. In practice, few would ever be addressed. When evacuation came, 3,500 people would simply be dumped in Australia. The experience of the evacuees can be seen as a three- ... More

Keywords: Hong Kong, British Civilian, Evacuation, 1940, Australia, Second World War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9789888390878
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Banham, author