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Thistle and BambooThe Life and Times of Sir James Stewart Lockhart$
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Shiona Airlie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028924

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028924.001.0001

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A Rigorous Training (1879–1884)

A Rigorous Training (1879–1884)

(p.14) Chapter 2 A Rigorous Training (1879–1884)
Thistle and Bamboo

Shiona Airlie

Hong Kong University Press

James Stewart Lockhart's first action in Hong Kong was to report to the Colonial Secretary who informed him that he would begin his duties, as was customary, by spending a few weeks in the colony becoming acquainted with the administration as a whole. In addition, he would have been introduced to the other “young bloods” of the island. However, he had little opportunity to indulge himself in Hong Kong's emerging social scene for, after a brief respite from the rigours of travel, he was on his way once more; this time to Guangzhou to continue his Chinese studies. Stewart Lockhart was taken from the superintendency in August 1883 and promoted to the dual post of Assistant Colonial Secretary and Assistant Auditor-General. In addition to following his career, during this time he continued to pursue the twin loves of his life—sport and academic research. Whilst pursuing his career with vigour, and at the same time enjoying the sporting and social facilities of Hong Kong to their fullest, Stewart Lockhart somehow managed to find time to continue his research into many aspects of Chinese culture.

Keywords:   James Stewart Lockhart, Chinese culture, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Colonial Secretary, sport, academic research

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