Imperial to International
A History of St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU
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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
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The Anglican (and Episcopal) tradition has been present in China for almost two hundred years. The purpose of the series âSheng Kung Hui: Historical Studies of Anglican Christianity in Chinaâ is to publish scholarly, well-researched and authoritative volumes on the history of the Church as a contribution to the intellectual, cultural ...
List of Illustrations
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With a history of more than 160 years, St Johnâs Cathedral is one cathedral in East Asia. During all this time, St Johnâs has not only been a centre of Anglican activity in the territory, but a church for all peoples, a cathedral church for Hong Kong. St Johnâs is deeply rooted in Anglican tradition, but at the same time part of the life of this ...
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Up to this point, the Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist has been served in print by a hardback handbook, The Story of St Johnâs Cathedral, published by FormAsia and briskly written by journalist Stephen Vines, and by a softback, St Johnâs Cathedral Hong Kong: A Short History and Guide, by Doreen King. Vines writes a concise ...
1. Genesis, 1841–1850
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Harbour, a piratical craft, with all the appearance of a mandarin boat, fired upon a Chiu Chow (Chaozhou) vessel. It was an ambush. The lead pirate was known to the Chiu Chow shipâs master as a man to whom he had sold salt. The imposter craft carried twelve-pounder guns of European mounting, according to a report on the incident in ...
2. Imperial Parish, 1850–1873
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It is surprising for such a prominent detail but why the cathedral was named after St John the Evangelist is unclear. This is a nugget of fact waiting to be dug up. It has been suggested that it was to honour Sir John Davis, the governor, who did enough to bring about the churchâs existence, but he was so widely excoriated as to make this unlikely. ...
3. Quiescence and Struggle, 1873–1906
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...were, for St Johnâs and its clergy, involved in defining boundaries. church, but a boundary which defied precise description was one of the smallest of all, the extent of the cathedral compound and who On 6 February 1867, the trustees actually approved 50 pounds for the purchase of âlarge and smallâ gates for the compound, to be ordered ...
4. The Search for Substance, 1902–1927
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...chaplain in 1902, he was already in office in St Johnâs. He was the first man to have been appointed as an assistant chaplain. Up to this point, the colonial chaplains, followed by Cobbold, had ministered alone. They had been backed up intermittently by CMS missionaries, naval chaplains and ordained schoolmasters. Commitment to a full-...
5. The Making of a Cathedral, 1927–1941
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A thinly veiled scrap was going on between the Cathedral Body and the bishop in late 1927. Flying between them were topics as varied as the management of St Johnâs itself to the use of âat homeâ cards. The issues at stake represented, on one hand, the guardianship of colonial distinctions which ultimately had nowhere to go but never ...
6. Out of Darkness, 1941–1953
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Major General Christopher Maltby, general officer commanding, had only just sat down in his pew from reading the lesson on the morning handed him a note. He read it, stood and left the cathedral quickly, his party following. The Japanese were not yet invading. The Sunday side of the international dateline, but the 52,000 men of their 38th ...
7. Shedding Colonialism, 1953–1976
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...clerical heritage of all the St Johnâs deans and chaplains. His grand-father, Frederick, had been Archbishop of Canterbury from 1896 to 1902 and his uncle, William, was archbishop from 1942 to 1944 and regarded as one of the greatest primates England ever had. Freddy followed them in the family tradition of Rugby School and Balliol ...
8. Towards an International Church, 1976–1992
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In the first year of Stephen Sidebothamâs deanship, Frederick Truman, who had been a choirboy at the cathedral during the First World War, revisited Hong Kong. Apart from recalling that Dean Copley-Moyle had been nicknamed âChocolate oilâ by the boys in some connection with his hair lotion, and saying that soldiers had been needed to guard ...
9. Into the ‘Chinese Century’
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The 1954 building, the Tebbut Wing, is the most recent structural addition to St Johnâs but far from the last word on the compoundâs north-west corner. To the contrary, the council discussed the siteâs future in 2011, and a strong possibility was that Dean Fosterâs wish may be granted and the whole structure razed as part of an alto-...
Appendix 1. List of Chaplains, Deans and Bishops
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Appendix 2. List of Stipendiary Assistant Chaplains and Chaplains
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Figure 2 View of the cathedral looking north, 1897 (Wattis Fine Art)Figure 3 St Johnâs Cathedral. Early artistâs rendering from the Pictorial Figure 5 First known colour photograph of the cathedral from a postcard, Figure 6 The nave decorated for Easter with Mr. White, verger and Figure 7 The choir with Dean R. F. Cobbold (third row, fifth from left), ...
Page Count: 368
Illustrations: 40 b/w
Publication Year: 2013