Photographs of Shanghai Municipal Police

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A copy of William R Kahler's My holidays in China: an account of three houseboat tours, from Shanghai and back via Ningpo; from Shanghai to Le Yang via Soochow and Ta Hu; and from Kiukiang to Wuhu, published in Shanghai in 1895. The volume is interleaved with blank pages on which photographs, dating from ca. 1895 to 1910, have been pasted in, comprising 71 black and white photographs in total. The photographs show members of the Shanghai Municipal Police at leisure at the races, on the river and elsewhere; photographs of prisoners, of police property and execution scenes

Administrative / Biographical History

The Shanghai Municipal Police was formed in 1854 and policed the International Settlement at Shanghai until 1943. Originally composed of Britons it later took in officers from, amongst other groups, White Russian refugees, British Indians, Jewish refugees from Central Europe, and members of the Japanese and Chinese communities. The album possibly belonged to P. Thornton who left the SMP in 1907.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased in 2001

Other Finding Aids

This description constitutes the only finding aid at present.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS with reference to a web-based database on the history and membership of the Shanghai Municipal Police compiled by Dr Robert Bickers, Department of History, University of Bristol:

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