Patricia O’Sullivan

Many deadly blazes during the mid-19th century that killed hundreds and destroyed countless homes could have been prevented had the city’s leaders acted faster.

In an excerpt from her new book, Women, Crime and the Courts: Hong Kong 1841-1941, Patricia O’Sullivan lays out the cases of two females and their experiences with the colonial courts.


In August 1912, a gang carried out an audacious assault on Cheung Chau police station, killing three Indian constables, stealing the Crown rents and leaving the colonial administration in turmoil.

Irish have been present in Hong Kong from the beginnings of its days as a British colony, and continue to celebrate their homeland through dance, sport, food and, of course, Guinness