Papers of: Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese

Scope and Content

The collection comprises examination papers answered by Chinese students, the subjects being anatomy and osteology.

Administrative / Biographical History

The College of Medicine for Chinese was set up in Hong Kong on the initiative of James Cantlie (1851-1926) and Patrick Manson (1844-1922) during the 1880s, and developed into the medical school of the Hong Kong University. Sun Yat Sen (1860-1925), later first President of the Chinese Republic, was one of its first pupils.

Access Information

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Major Neil Cantlie, 1931 (accession number 89186).

Other Finding Aids

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

Collection level description available on-line on the Wellcome Library website

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

manuscript, loose papers.

Archivist's Note

description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by S.A.J. Moorat.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Custodial History

These papers were kept by Sir James Cantlie.

Related Material

The Wellcome Library holds Sir James Cantlie's own papers, as MSS.1456-1499 and 6931-6941. Sir Patrick Manson's papers, held as MSS.3417, 6129-6132 and 7245, include material on his time in Hong Kong, during which he was involved with the College. MS.4780 comprises a casebook by John Christopher Thomson, who lectured at the college.


This material may have been kept by Cantlie as background to his book (written in collaboration with Charles Sheridan Jones) Sun Yat Sen and the Awakening of China (London: Jarrold & Sons, 1912).