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Tony Banham book talk "Reduced to a Symbolical Scale"

posted 29 Apr 2018, 23:20 by John Leighton
On Saturday 28 April the Branch hosted a talk by local historian and author, Tony Banham, on his latest (and perhaps NOT now final) book, entitled “Reduced to a Symbolical Scale.”

The book details the evacuation of thousands of British subjects from the former Crown Colony of Hong Kong, to Australia, in the face of Japanese aggrandizement ahead of the Pacific War in 1941.

The talk was held in the wonderful venue of the Volunteers Association Clubhouse in the Happy Valley Stand of the Happy Valley Racecourse. It was apparent, from the interest shown by many attendees in the many artefacts held by the Association on display, that this was the first time that many people had visited this venue.

Out thanks to the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (the Volunteers) Association for kindly allowing us the use of the Clubhouse.
The provision of a cash bar also proved to be a popular decision!

The event was a great success with over 40 people present. Attendees included not only Branch members, but also many people with a general interest in this turbulent but fascinating period in Hong Kong’s history.

Photographs of the event may be seen here.