Category Archives: Family Stories

SHANGHAILANDERS AND THE QUEST FOR HOME

After a summer of research at home and abroad, Andrew Hillier brings us news from the colonial Hillier clan – this time exploring the relationship between colonial families and their transnational homes. Where, after all, was “home” for colonial families? … Continue reading

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Family, Manliness and the First World War

Further to yesterday’s post, Andrew Hillier here continues his exploration of the three Hillier brothers (Walter, Harry and Guy) and their families. Here, Andrew takes us to the First World War, the centenary of which is of course fast approaching, … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Macaulay and Son: Architects of Imperial Britain by Catherine Hall (Yale University Press, 2013)

I have recently been reviewing Catherine Hall’s Macaulay and Son: architects of imperial Britain for the journal History. As usual, you will have to wait for them to publish the formal review, but as has become my recent habit, I … Continue reading

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REVIEW(ish): Rosemary Seton’s ‘Western Daughters in Eastern Lands: British Missionary Women in Asia’ (2013)

Back in the spring (such as it was), Rosemary Seton was kind enough to ask me to speak at the book launch for her much-awaited contribution to the history of missionary women Western Daughters in Eastern Lands: British Missionary Women … Continue reading

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Andrew May on writing family history

I first saw my great great grandfather Thomas Jones in June 1996, though I had known of him from my earliest childhood. His face started out at me from the internet on the cover of a book by Welsh writer … Continue reading

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Family Stories – the Crooks of Tahiti

My favourite missionary family of late are the Crooks of Tahiti – William and Hannah plus their eight daughters and one son. William Pascoe Crook (1775-1846), former gentleman’s servant and later tin-worker,  arrived in the South Seas (i.e. the Pacific) … Continue reading

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Online Database: Deceased Online

In February 2009, I went to Folkestone, on the south coast of England, in search of a grave. I was writing an article on the Trutch family, who were prominent political and social figures in early British Columbia. (In the … Continue reading

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