From British Bobby to Hong Kong Copper I Christine Thomas
Thursday, 18 September 2014 from 14:00 to 15:00 (BST)
Kew, United Kingdom
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This event is part of our themed programme. Diplomacy is at the heart of all human interaction. Whether between international states and colonies, monarchs and their ministers, the major players in the theatres of war, kith and kin, or friends and enemies: diplomacy - or lack of it - will play its part. This programme of events aims to reflect the broad spectrum of interpretations of historical diplomacy and the art of peace-making.
2014 marks the 170th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Police. This talk traces the history of the organisation through the stories of a few very ordinary British constables from the 1840s up to the First World War. Some sacrificed their careers by standing up for the rights of their colleagues, whilst others spent a lifetime fostering good relations with the local community. It was these men who sowed the seeds and helped mould the Force into the highly respected organisation which it became during the 20th century.
Christine Thomas has had a 40 year career with the police in Hong Kong and London working in the fields of Research and Archival Records Management. Whilst in Hong Kong her leisure time was spent recording the memorial inscriptions within the Colonial Cemetery. She has continued this work in the UK, researching the lives of those buried far from their homeland. She is a member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) and runs her own research service specialising in British expatriates who spent time in Hong Kong.
When & Where
The National Archives
The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history.
We give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.