HKS Annual Lecture

Annual Lecture with Dan Bradshaw – ‘Kindred Spirits’ – A History of the Hong Kong Club

Date: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Time: 6.00pm Cash bar, 6.30pm Lecture, 8.15pm Supper
Venue: Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7PX
Costs: Lecture only: £10 (members) / £15 (non-members) OR Lecture and Supper: £40 (members) / £55 (non-members)

Bradshaw-41346Dan Bradshaw is a name which will be familiar to many current and former Hong Kong residents. He has lived in HK for four decades as a prominent shipping lawyer – at Johnson Stokes and Master (now Mayer Brown JSM) for two decades as a partner and now as a Senior Consultant. He was involved in commissioning and production of the recently published ‘Kindred Spirits – A History of the Hong Kong Club’ by Vaudine England, an impressive hard back book which charts the illustrious history of this bastion of life for some in Hong Kong. Thanks to diligent archival research and interviews with over 180 subjects, “the picture that emerges is partly one of exclusivity and privilege but also, perhaps surprisingly, one of community-minded friendship and a commitment to HK”. Dan will discuss how the book came into being and relate some of the stories that were edited out…

2017-09-18 15 09 37The Club’s establishment dates back to 1846 but sadly its early history is, to a large extent, forgotten. As far as can be gathered, however, it was inaugurated as a “Taipans’ Club” for the convenience of, and as a meeting place for, the heads of the large “hongs” then existing in the Colony, occupying premises in Queen’s Road Central, facing what was the Post Office at the time. They obtained, and held, the property on the understanding that it should not be sold while any
of them lived and, on those lines, the Club served its purpose for many years until only two of the original founders remained. They disposed of the property, which was rented by the newly formed Members’ Club, in 1886.

A cash bar will be available from 6.00 pm and for a short time after the lecture.

A two course supper with Dan Bradshaw and other participants will be organised in the same private room in the club after the lecture, finishing no later than 9.30pm. Please book below if you would like to join.

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