ID number PR85/047
Title Livingstone, Arthur J (Victorian Naval Contingent SS Salamis)
Record type Collection
Item count 2
Collection Private Record
Object types
  • Diary
  • Typescript
Maker Livingstone, Arthur James
Date made 1900-1902; 1985
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Note Open

Description

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.