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Reduced to a symbolical scale : the evacuation of British women and children from Hong Kong to Australia in 1940

Author: Tony Banham
Publisher: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, [2017]
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In July 1940, the wives and children of British families in Hong Kong, military and civilian, were compulsorily evacuated, following a plan created by the Hong Kong government in 1939. That plan focused exclusively on the process of evacuation, but issues concerning how the women and children should settle in the new country, communication with abandoned husbands, and reuniting families after the war were not  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Banham, Tony, 1959-
Reduced to a symbolical scale.
Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, [2017]
(OCoLC)987684508
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Banham
ISBN: 9789888390489 9888390481
OCLC Number: 1012938298
Notes: "This book is based on my PhD thesis at the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales."--Page viii.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 191 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits
Contents: 1. Planning --
2. Evacuation --
3. Arrival in Australia --
4. 1941 : pre-Pacific War Australia --
5. War : Australia, 1942-1944 --
6. 1945 : War and peace --
Britain, Hong Kong, or stay?
Other Titles: Evacuation of British women and children from Hong Kong to Australia in 1940
Responsibility: Tony Banham.

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In July 1940, the wives and children of British families in Hong Kong, military and civilian, were compulsorily evacuated, following a plan created by the Hong Kong government in 1939. That plan focused exclusively on the process of evacuation, but issues concerning how the women and children should settle in the new country, communication with abandoned husbands, and reuniting families after the war were not considered. In practice, few would ever be addressed. When evacuation came, 3,500 people would simply be dumped in Australia. The experience of the evacuees can be seen as a three-act drama: delivery to Australia creates tension, five years of war and uncertainty intensify it, and resolution comes as war ends. However, that drama, unlike the evacuation plan, did not develop in a vacuum but was embedded in a complex historical, political, and social environment. Based on archival research of official documents, letters and memoirs, and interviews and discussions with more than one hundred evacuees and their families, this book studies the evacuation in its full context.

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