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Journeys with a Mission: Travel Journals of the Right Revd George Smith, first Bishop of Victoria


Dr Gillian Bickley


Bishop Andrew Chan


Dr Verner Bickley, MBE


28 February 2019 (Thursday)


6:30 - 8:00 pm


2/F Multi-purpose Area, Main Library, HKU






About the Speaker

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Gillian Bickley, PhD, FRSA, a Vice-President of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, has been researching the writings of the missionary and missionary bishop, The Right Revd George Smith, first Anglican Bishop of Victoria for many years and contributed the biographical entry on the bishop in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


About the Book

Book Cover of Journeys with a Mission

Annotated uncut transcriptions from archival material of five original narratives or journals of travel, covering visits to China, India, Ceylon, Java and Singapore during the interesting period 1852-1858, undertaken by the Right Revd George Smith, first (Anglican) Bishop of Victoria (Hong Kong). These writings provide a very valuable information resource in two main areas: Protestant (and Roman Catholic) missionary, linguistic, pastoral, medical and educational activity, and the country-situations mainly in China and India at the time. They contain first-hand information about China’s internal, consular and diplomatic events; and vignettes of Indian life and culture just a few years before the Mutiny.


About the Moderator

Photo of Bishop Andrew Chan Au-ming

Bishop Andrew Chan Au-ming is bishop of the Diocese of West Kowloon. He takes part as Chairman or member of several Diocesan and Provincial bodies. He was priest-in-charge of Holy Spirit Church, vicar of St. Luke’s Church, and the first Chinese dean of St. John’s Cathedral. Bishop Andrew Chan has previously served the Church as Bishop’s Chaplain, Diocesan Secretary and Provincial Secretary. He has been involved in maintaining the connection amongst the Province of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui and the Anglican Communion Office, plus provincial offices of the global Anglican Communion.

The bishop is an Honorary Fellow of what is now the Education University of Hong Kong.