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In the Shadows - the early history of Hong Kong's Naval Dockyard Police Force

24 Feb 2018 16:00-17:00

Speaker: Patricia O'Sullivan, Author of ‘Policing Hong Kong - an Irish History’

The history of the Naval Dockyard Police Force here doesn’t suffer so much from lost documentation as from the lack of any in the first place.  At some point in the 1850s it emerged by default, to guard the stores and workshops of the British Royal Navy and during the next 50 years only surfaces when a problem - usually with discipline - occurs. 

Finding that one of the Irishmen she was researching was the second inspector in this force, Patricia O’Sullivan has delved back and around in all the contemporary sources to put together a picture of this shadowy police force, its work and that of the dockyards it protected.  Following the story through, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the expansion of the yards themselves required a corresponding growth and change of personnel, becoming an acknowledged part of Hong Kong’s defensive infrastructure.

There will be a book signing session after the talk. 

Free with museum admission and no booking required.