Publications, blogs and reviews

Mediating Empire reviewed by Robert Nield:


Written in a light, yet engagingly informative style, the book is an examination of the relationship between family and empire …Hillier has gone beyond the significant achievements of the cast-members of his book, by incorporating an analysis of the extent to which family was ‘a key enabler of Britain’s imperial presence in China’ … at no stage does this … appear forced or contrived. The players’ interaction with and dependence on each other are clear to see. This is a book that was waiting to be written.

For the full review, see Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, 60 (2020), pp. 261-3.

Mediating Empire: An English Family in China. 1817-1927 (Folkestone: Renaissance Books, 2020),

Dearest Martha: The Letters and Life of Eliza Hillier – Hong Kong, Shanghai, England (Hong Kong: Hong Kong City University Press), forthcoming later this year.

Bridging Cultures: The Forging of the China Consular Mind, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 47 (2019), pp. 742-772.

With Simon Landy‘At Home in Siam: Being a Consular Wife’,  Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch, For the full article, see  Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, 60 (2020), pp. 160-185.


Blogs etc from elsewhere  ​

A Miniature World’: Photographs and Memories of Internment in China


Family and Memory in Old Hong Kong


Music-making in the Customs Service


Interview: Barrister’s Best:'s-best-andrew-hillier-qc


Shanghailanders and the Quest for Home

The Kodak comes to Peking


With a Camera in Yunnan: the Ethnographic Expeditions of Frederic W. Carey


Dear Mother, Dear Father’: Legation Letters Home


The Banker’s Bullet-Ridden Buick


Weihaiwei and the 1st Chinese Regiment – 2. Peking and After


Imperial Boredom; Monotony and the British Empire


I have taken part in an HSBC film about Guy Hillier’s career


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