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  • The Complete Court Cases of Magistrate Frederick Stewart as reported in The China Mail, July 1881 to March 1882

The Complete Court Cases of Magistrate Frederick Stewart as reported in The China Mail, July 1881 to March 1882

Compiled and Edited by Gillian Bickley


English , 2021/02 Proverse Hong Kong

Tags: Law, Courts, Hong Kong

220 x 140 x 42 mm , 707pp ISBN : 978-988-8228-77-5

  • US$46.00


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ORIGINAL 2008 TEXT, NEW FORMAT, NEW COVER, w. REVISED & EXPANDED INDEX, with personal, place, & ship names, lists of Police Inspectors, Constables and Sergeants and sections on informers, interpreters and detectives and original 2008 Preface by Kemal Bokhary.

  • Useful for those researching individuals of all backgrounds living in Hong Kong at the time.
  • historians and students of colonial law and colonial administration, Hong Kong (China) legal and social history.
  • Carefully edited and annotated transcription of newspaper reports of magistrate's court cases at a particularly lively period in Hong Kong history, with analyses and background documentation of specific offences, detailed references to historical Ordinances, and a careful index.
  • Illuminates the interface and parallels between the establishment of a colonial education system and the introduction of colonial law. 
  • Extends our knowledge and understanding of nineteenth century Hong Kong family and social life, law, policing, and court practice. Provides information about hundreds of individuals.
  • Throws additional light on the Irish Roman Catholic Governor of the time, John Pope Hennessy and the Founder of Hong Kong Government Education, Frederick Stewart.

Useful for historians and students of colonial law and colonial administration, Hong Kong (China) legal and social history. Carefully edited and annotated transcription of newspaper reports of magistrate's court cases at a particularly lively period in Hong Kong history, with analyses and background documentation of specific offences, detailed references to historical Ordinances, and a careful index. Illuminates the interface and parallels between the establishment of a colonial education system and the introduction of colonial law. Extends our knowledge and understanding of nineteenth century Hong Kong family and social life, law, policing, and court practice. Provides information about hundreds of individuals. Throws additional light on the Irish Roman Catholic Governor of the time, John Pope Hennessy and the Founder of Hong Kong Government Education, Frederick Stewart, first Headmaster of the Hong Kong Government Central School for Boys (now Queen’s College).

See also A Magistrate’s Court in Nineteenth Century Hong Kong (1st and 2nd editions)


“Together [these brief reports] do even more for the modern reader than put him in the armchair of someone who took the China Mail in Victorian Hong Kong—although that alone would be interesting enough. They provide him with a seat at the back of Mr Stewart's court, alive again and in session.” —The Hon. Mr Justice Bokhary PJ.


GILLIAN BICKLEY is the biographer of Frederick Stewart. She has been studying and publishing well-received scholarly books and academic articles on 19th century Hong Kong history for well over twenty years. She has also been actively engaged in presenting her material to the general public through talks, historical walks, radio interviews and media feature articles. Her work is now additionally being used as a resource by heritage groups.

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