Sir Robert Hart

This week’s episode runs a little long as there won’t be anything for the following week.  Today’s episode looks at the life and interesting career of Sir Robert Hart (赫德), an Ulsterman from Northern Ireland. For most of his life he lived in China in the employ of the Zongli Yamen.  Though his official title was Inspector General of the China Maritime Customs Service, he played an important behind the scenes role during the Treaty Port Era.  His was an amazing life and today we look at his days in China from 1853 to 1908.  I’m in Shanghai and Ningbo all this week so there won’t be any episode until after I get back.

For those interested in further info on Sir Robert Hart, go to

Friends of Sir Robert Hart: Three Generations of Carrall Women in China, by Mary Tiffen

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