Governors of Hong Kong

Imperial endgame

End of Empire: Hong Kong - Signed, Sealed and Delivered by Peter Moss FormAsia

Sunday, 1 July, 2012, 12:00am

Jacks of all trades

Administrators in Hong Kong have always attracted criticism - fair or otherwise. Nothing is ever really right, as far as the public is concerned, and this situation goes back to the earliest years of British rule.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Right you are, Governor

Running the Show: Governors of the British Empire 1857-1912 by Stephanie Williams Penguin, HK$270

Questions of empire are inevitably fraught. The arguments, until more time has passed, cannot be objective. They are influenced by guilt, resentment or a collision thereof, depending on the cultural and racial identities of the people making them.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

Road a testament to public service

May Road was named after Sir Francis Henry May, a Dublin-born civil servant who battled corruption in the police force and an outbreak of plague during his years of service in Hong Kong.

9 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Out and about

The Peak offers stunning scenery and a surprising amount of history; expansive views across the city and out to Lantau and Lamma islands are superb - on those sadly rare, smog-free days.

18 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

What's On

November 3

1 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

slice of life

Excerpts from the South China Morning Post, published this week in 1957

Sir Alexander Grantham, the governor, was to retire at the end of the year. The official announcement made it clear that there would be no further extensions.

The governor's term was extended three times. He completed 10 years as governor of Hong Kong, having assumed office on July 25, 1947.

2 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Civil service stalwart reveals intricacies of handover politics

Sir David Akers-Jones has joined a small number of retired civil servants and policy makers to have published a memoir. For students of Hong Kong history, Feeling the Stones provides valuable insights into the mind of the former chief secretary who was closely involved in shaping Hong Kong's destiny.

9 Jul 2004 - 12:00am


Jonathan Braude's account ('The gaps in our handover history,' Sunday Morning Post, May 18), of the Deng-MacLehose meeting in 1979 usefully draws together a number of strands in the controversy regarding what was or was not said.

8 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Patten plots careful course on back nine

With barely 90 days remaining until Hong Kong reverts to Chinese sovereignty, Chris Patten is on the home stretch of what has proved a physically and mentally demanding course, liberally sprinkled with hidden hazards.

31 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Hearts at ease, it's just a private visit

Lord MacLehose regrets. 'He is here on a purely private visit and does not want to do any media interview,' said the note from Government House.

A pity really.

Lord MacLehose, you may remember, went to Beijing during his time as Governor, and was told by Deng Xiaoping that Hong Kong people should put their hearts at ease.

12 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

MacLehose back for visit

Former governor Lord MacLehose arrives in the territory tomorrow for a four-day private visit during which he will see 'old friends'.

Despite his several public criticisms of Governor Chris Patten's democratic reforms, Lord MacLehose will be staying at Government House.

7 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Puff and dragon

It was a case of East meets West as soldiers and police rehearsed their colourful spectacle for their first combined visit to the Royal Tournament in London next month. The Hong Kong Military Service Corps performed an elaborate lion and dragon dance as the Royal Hong Kong Police Force Band, clad in tartan, puffed away on bagpipes.

1 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

A word at last from Wilson

It has been a long time coming. Ever since being sacked from the governorship four years ago, Lord Wilson has kept quiet as his successor, Chris Patten, engineered a U-turn in British policy towards democracy that led to the destruction of the through train and almost everything else the veteran Sinologist had spent his career seeking to achieve.

28 Apr 1996 - 12:00am


IN the Sunday Post of January 21, we were treated to an erudite column by Sir Percy Cradock, which may be summarised thus: Patten is wrong and I was right all along.

Don't rock the boat and, Let us not be prejudiced by worries about China's position on human rights or any other worrying aspect of the policies or modus vivendi of the future sovereign power.

4 Feb 1996 - 12:00am