Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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Hong Kong

Initially a small fishing town that was transformed into a major port and financial centre by the British Empire




HMS Volage Arrives Off Macau

Aug 30, 1839

HMS Volage arrives off Macau to protect British shipping waiting off the Chinese coast.

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Location: Hong Kong



Commodore Sir Gordon Bremer Arrived Off Macao

Jun 21, 1840

Commodore Sir Gordon Bremer arrived off Macao

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Location: Hong Kong



George Elliot Replaces Gordon Bremer

Jul 1840

Rear-Admiral George Elliot replaces Commodore Gordon Bremer as the Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in the Opium War

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Location: Hong Kong



Gordon Bremer Becomes C in C Again

Nov 1840

Admiral George Elliot returns to Britain and Commodore Gordon Bremer takes over again as the Commander-in-Chief

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Location: Hong Kong



Captain Humphrey Senhouse Dies

Jun 13, 1841

Captain Humphrey Senhouse dies from fever on board HMS Blenheim in Hong Kong harbour.

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Location: Hong Kong



William Parker Arrives in Hong Kong

Aug 10, 1841

William Parker arrives in Hong Kong to take over command of the British forces during the Opium War after the death of Humphrey Senhouse.

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Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong

Feb 09, 1844

Frederick Bruce is appointed colonial secretary of Hong Kong under John Francis Davis. Davis was not liked by people of Hong Kong due to his imposition of a number of taxes, however he did weekend horse races.

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Hong Xiuquan Goes to Find Feng Yunshan

Jul 12, 1847

Hong Xiuquan leaves the missionaries in order to try and find Feng Yunshan

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Hong Rengan Flees to Hong Kong

1850

Hong Rengan flees to Hong Kong

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Commander in Chief China Station

Feb 19, 1856

Admiral Michael Seymour was appointed commander-in-chief of the East Indies and China Station. HMS Calcutta became his flagship.

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Location: Hong Kong



Prettyjohns Embarks on HMS Sans Pareil

Mar 12, 1856

John Prettyjohns embarks on HMS Sans Pareil for Hong Kong

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Location: Hong Kong



Prettyjohns is Promoted to Colour-Sergeant

Apr 29, 1856

John Prettyjohns is promoted to Colour-Sergeant

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Location: Hong Kong



The Esing Bakery Poisonings

Jan 15, 1857

300 people were poisoned with bread from Esing Bakery

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Location: Hong Kong



The Cheong Ah-Lum Arrested

Jan 21, 1857

Cheong Ah-lum had been captured on the 16th and returned to Hong Kong. Together with 52 other Chinese men were arrested. Cheong was tried by jury. He was acquited of poisoning because it could not be proved that he had personally put the arsenic in the bread. However, he was still deported from Hong Kong and told that he could not return to the colony for five years.

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Lord Elgin Leaves

Jul 01, 1857

Lord Elgin sails from Hong Kong for Calcutta. Admiral Seymour sends HMS Shannon and a small flotilla with him in order to provide assistance to those fighting the Indian Mutiny.

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Location: Hong Kong



Lord Elgin Returns

Dec 01, 1857

Elgin returns to Hong Kong from India and sends a letter to Imperial Viceroy Ye Mingchen.

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Hong Rengan Leaves Hong Kong

1858

Hong Rengan leaves Hong Kong to rejoin his cousin Hong Xiuquan in Nanjing

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James Grant Becomes C in C Hong Kong

1859

Sir James Grant is appointed Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong

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New Governor of Hong Kong

May 01, 1859

Frederick Bruce, the brother of Lord Elgin, becomes the governor of Hong Kong.

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British Army Assemble in China

Mar 08, 1860

The British assembled an army of 11000 to enforce the Treaty of Tien-tsin. This was commanded by General Sir James Grant, under him was General Sir Robert Napier and General Sir John Michel. They would be transported by a fleet of 200 frigates, gunboats and transport ships. Once this was done an ultimatum was sent to Peking demanding that they be allowed to travel to Peking, as was required in the Treaty of Tien-tsin.

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Location: Hong Kong



Kawloon Becomes Part of Hong Kong

Jan 01, 1861

Harry Parkes oversees the transition of Kawloon into part of the British colony of Hong Kong, as was specified in the Peking Treaty that ended the Arrow War.

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North Star And the Pirates

May 13, 1861

British merchant ship North Star is attacked off the coast of Hong Kong Island. They killed or mortally wounded at least five members of the crew and stole over 4,000 dollars worth of gold before abandoning the ship. The survivors hid from the pirates and then set sail for Hong Kong. HMS Pearl was anchored off Green Island at the time and she eventually recovered both the merchantman and the survivors.

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HMS Inconstant in Collision

Mar 15, 1882

HMS Inconstant collides with a barque while attempting to enter Hong Kong under sail.

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HMS Pearl Scrapped

Aug 1884

HMS Pearl is sold to be broken up

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HMS Tamar is Hulked

1897

HMS Tamar is hulked to be used as the naval base at Hong Kong

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Extension of Hong Kong Territory

Jun 09, 1898

This treaty gave a 99 year lease on the New Territories to Britain

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Keyes is Given HMS Hart

Sep 1898

Lieutenant Keyes is given command of HMS Hart operating around Hong Kong

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Keyes is Given HMS Fame

Jan 1899

Lieutenant Keyes is given command of HMS Fame

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HMS Fame to the Rescue

Apr 1899

A party of soldiers are marking the boundary of the Hong Kong New Territories. A group of Chinese irregulars attacked them. A shore party from HMS Fame, led by Lieutenant Keyes, was goes to their aid. They charge the Chinese under the cover of HMS Fame's guns and force them to withdraw.

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Silver Medal of the Royal Humane Society

Apr 09, 1924

A sailor of HMS Tamar is awarded a silver medal from the Royal Humane Society for saving an officer during a typhoon.

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Edward Bamford Dies

Sep 30, 1928

Edward Bamford dies of pneumonia on HMS Cumberland while en route to Hong Kong. He was buried in the Bubbling Well Cemetery in Shanghai. His gravesite and the entire cemetery was later destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and is now Jing'an Park.

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HMS Tamar is Moved

Dec 08, 1941

HMS Tamar is moved to a buoy further in Hong Kong harbour during the Battle of Hong Kong

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HMS Tamar is Scuttled

Dec 12, 1941

HMS Tamar is scuttled in Hong Kong harbour to avoid being used by the invading Japanese forces

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Moldova is Scrapped

Nov 08, 1958

Moldova is scrapped in Hong Kong

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Location: Hong Kong