Arthur Hacker

Racial tensions mixed with a dash of arsenic and yeast

While Hongkongers this morning eat their breakfast, few may be aware that on this day exactly 150 years ago the city woke to find that almost its entire European population of about 500 people was in the throes of an attempt to kill them all.

Monday, 15 January, 2007, 12:00am

Gallery revisits pop art of city's Swinging '70s

When British artist Arthur Hacker arrived in Hong Kong in December 1967, a few bombs were still going off as the pro-communist riots tapered off.

The painter and illustrator, who had studied at the Royal College of Art in England, was fascinated by Hong Kong. The people in particular provided fodder for a series of pop art drawings he drew in the early 1970s.

7 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


The colonial historian came to Hong Kong in 1967 and was the Government Information Service's art and creative director until 1989 when he became a freelance writer and illustrator. He has since published five books including including the best-selling Hong Kong: A Rare And Photographic Record Of The 1860s and Arthur Hacker's Wan Chai.

9 May 1999 - 12:00am

Dry handover for hacks

Not only will journos have to make do with watching the handover ceremony, like everybody else, on a big TV screen, it seems the thousands of thirsty hacks must resort to their own ingenuity on the booze front.

Details have filtered through on the catering arrangements for the 8,900-square-metre media centre in the Convention and Exhibition Centre. And they are not good.

26 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Hacker on the trail of Jockey Club chairmen of yesteryear

LOCAL historian Arthur Hacker, formerly of the Hong Kong Government and once on Britain's Street of Shame (Fleet Street, that was), is on the lookout for ageing racing sleuths.

24 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

On Another Day

TO the roar of the crowd, Sir Ellis Kadoorie's Tytam Chief galloped home to win the Hong Kong Derby. In 1918 the race was held on February 26, and it was a beautiful sunny day.

Sir Ellis and the members of the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club watched the race from a luxurious ornate Victorian grandstand.

4 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Vampire's teething problems

FORTY-SIX years ago today, the fishermen of Bias Bay, in China, 40 kilometres north of Hong Kong, woke up to find a Vampire had landed on their beach.

It bore little resemblance to Count Dracula.

The Vampire F3 VG703 was a British fighter aircraft from the Vampire Trials Unit on a demonstration flight to the Far East.

11 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

On another day

AS the result of challenging Major Caine, founder of the Hong Kong Police, to a duel, Lieutenant Macdonald of the 98th Regiment was court-martialled on March 4, 1845.

5 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

On another day

CAPTAIN William Thornton Bate RN was an archetypal specimen of the Victorian muscular Christian. During the Opium Wars, he scaled the massive walls of Chapu alone, and singlehandedly captured the gates of the city.

15 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

On another day

THE balloon went up! ''Mr Baldwin came down as gently as a bird on an unwary worm.'' This is how the Hong Kong Telegraph described the colony's first balloon ascent, and parachute descent, which took place at Happy Valley on January 3, 1891.

1 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Have we cleaned up our act?

WHAT comes to mind when one mentions the Keep Hongkong Clean campaign? Lap Sap Chung, almost certainly.

Over the years, the ''evil litterbug'' has become entrenched in the minds of Hongkong people. And now, with the campaign celebrating its 20th anniversary, it is time to ask whether we really have become more aware of the importance of keeping our environment clean.

28 Feb 1993 - 12:00am