Title: Forgotten Souls: A Social History of the Hong Kong
Cemetery
Author: Patricia Lim
Date: 5 November, 2011 7:30 pm

Location:
The Book Attic
Cockloft, 2 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
Book Club
Specialised in book restoration
Introduction:
The author has recorded the inscriptions on all 8000 graves in the HK Cemetery. These by
the way will be available in due course as an on-line database through the Hong Kong
Memory project.  She has selected, from the graves she has recorded, a wide range of
people whose lives shed light on the nature of society in Hong Kong. Inevitably as this was
the 'Colonial' cemetery, they are predominantly Europeans, although there are numerous
Chinese and a surprising number of Japanese too. She has then sought out information on
these people from contemporary newspapers, land records, court records etc to provide a
rich description of life in Hong Kong during the first 100 years approximately from its
colonisation and a wonderful series of anecdotes.

Author Biography:
Patricia Lim has lived in Hong Kong for more than thirty years and is married to a
Chinese. She studied at Cambridge University and had a long and happy career teaching
English, History and Latin in various schools and bringing up a family of three daughters.
On her retirement from teaching she decided to try to bring the often hard to find heritage
of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories to the attention of a wider public
by publishing two books of walks. This book followed on from the second book When
gathering material for a walk round the cemeteries of Happy Valley, the old, silent, granite
monuments and headstones sparked a keen interest in the lives of the forgotten people who
lay buried in Hong Kong Cemetery.  Patricia Lim turns a tour of the Cemetery into a
tantalising historical journey, rediscovering the many individuals whose lives - even the
most fleeting and obscure - reflect significant developments and provide a nuanced
understanding of Hong Kong's past. A solid database and a riveting good read - a winning
combination!.
-- Elizabeth Sinn, University of Hong Kong