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Gordon King Collection

Identifier: 2011-013

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence and other documents relating to the wartime degrees granted to students to fled Hong Kong during World War II to continue their studies in Free China. There are also some papers relating to general HKU and Faculty of Medicine business, as well as photographs of King and his family.

All the documents are mainly related to Faculty of Medicine of HKU during war time (including their placements, further studies, graduation as well as registration).


  • 1942 - 1976


Language of Materials

All materials are written in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers

Biographical / Historical

Gordon King was born in London on 7th July 1900. He qualified as a doctor and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1926, and then he joined the Baptist Missionary Society to become a medical missionary in China. In 1936 he was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Hong Kong. In 1940 he became Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. King retired from HKU in 1956 and moved to Australia. King’s time as a professor and administrator was interrupted by the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in December 1941. In early 1942 he escaped from Hong Kong into Free China, evading internment at Stanley Camp unlike many of his University colleagues. While in China he helped many escaped students to continue their studies. He returned to Hong Kong in 1945 after liberation and was highly involved with the work to re-open the University.


1.1 Linear Feet (Various HKU related materials including documents related to HKU Emergency Medical Degrees, post-war medical education, photographs, and photocopies of wartime letters from Dr. Ellen Tulip, papers of Dr. Gordon King.)


The folders are arranged in the order of chronologial order, from the invasion of the Japanese in Hong Kong to the reconstitution of the University of Hong KongKU in the post-war time.

Physical Location

Aisle 12, Bay 5, Shelf 1



Gordon King's Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Hong Kong University Archives Repository