The Golden Needle

The Biography of Frederick Stewart - by Gillian Bickley

Book coverFrederick Stewart, born in Aberdeen, Scotland, was known to his contemporaries as the "Founder of Hong Kong Education". Highly popular among all groups, and gaining an intimate knowledge of Hong Kong, he was the first headmaster of the Central School, now Queen's College, which led Hong Kong English education from 1862 until 1911 when the first university in Hong Kong was established. He acted as Governor of Hong Kong on several occasions.

Keenly aware of his historical context, and of his role as a facilitator in the modernisation of Chinese thought, Stewart's consistent policy was to educate pupils in Western knowledge, while preserving their Chinese identity, and he insisted on equal time for Chinese and English studies.

The change in Hong Kong, effected in 1997, makes this an appropriate time to reassess the purposes of the continued meeting of East and West, and the educational and cultural means by which co-operation is promoted.

 

 

 


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There is also an audio version of this book. It has been recorded by Verner Bickley and is produced by The Chinese University Press in a set of 14 CDs (includes the book). Teaching materials prepared by Dr Bickley for her students at Hong Kong Baptist University, are included with the CD/book set. The Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS sells the book but not the CD set or teaching materials.
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