Livingstone, Arthur J (Victorian Naval Contingent SS Salamis)

Accession Number PR85/047
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary, Typescript
Maker Livingstone, Arthur James
Date made 1900-1902; 1985
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/087/044
Conflict China, 1900-1901 (Boxer Uprising)
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of Arthur J Livingstone, Victorian Naval Contingent SS Salamis, during the Boxer Rebellion in China. Collection consists of a black and white photocopy of a diary covering service during the Boxer Rebellion (China), covering the period July 1900 - May 1901. The diary contains daily entries commencing with the voyage from Melbourne on SS Salamis to China via Hong Kong. It describes the arrival of Indian, Japanese, German, French, Russian, American and British ships in the harbour below Tientsin; influenza on the ship; the trip up to Tientsin; seeing Chinese bodies in the river, burnt bodies on the river bank and in Tientsin; Chinese beggars; notes the destruction of Tientsin and surrounding villages; treatment of Europeans by the Boxers; and "in fighting" between various contingents in Tientsin; discusses daily routine; destruction of railway line to Peking; disorder among the French troops; and the death of Queen Victoria; describes return Australia on the Chingtu; stay in Quarantine Camp in Sydney; and return to his family. The second item is a typed transcript of the photocopied diary.