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Artifacts related to Dr Sun Yat-sen called up

The Hong Kong Museum of History today (May 4) launches a "Collection Campaign of Artifacts related to Dr Sun Yat-sen and the 1911 Revolution".

The Collection Campaign, which runs until August 31, is aimed at collating related artifacts for display at the to-be-established Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, and for research purposes.

Dr Sun Yat-sen was an important historical figure and a great revolutionary forerunner. He had a close tie with Hong Kong as he received his early education here, and it remained the base for supervising revolutionary attempts.

There has been a strong plea to set up a museum in commemoration of Dr Sun Yat-sen. The Government, in response to the need, has made a tremendous effort to identify suitable premises for the proposed museum. Having carefully considered all aspects, it has announced the purchase of the Kom Tong Hall at Castle Road, Central for conversion into the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum in late February. Preparation of the new museum is undertaken by the Hong Kong Museum of History and is expected to open by late 2006 in commemoration of Dr Sun's 140th birthday.

Speaking at the press conference of the Collection Campaign today, the Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho Chi-ping, noted that Hong Kong, where Dr Sun spent more than a decade, inspired him of all his new thoughts. He said it had always been the plan of the Government to set up a museum in commemoration of Dr Sun.

In encouraging the public to support the Collection Campaign, Dr Ho said: "As Dr Sun used to study and organise uprisings in Hong Kong, it is certain that a significant number of his artifacts survive in the territory.

"If you have any objects relating to Dr Sun, his relatives and descendents, as well as any other memorabilia of the 1911 Revolution, please feel free to contact us. Your donation will accumulate into the collection of the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum."

Dr Sun pursued his studies in Hong Kong as early as 1883, when he enrolled at the Diocesan Home. Later, he transferred to the Central College, the present-day Queen's College and finally graduated at the Hong Kong College of Medicine, forerunner of the Medical School of the University of Hong Kong, in 1892. During his stay in the territory, he developed his revolutionary concepts by reading widely on the political and military theories of the West and entering into frequent discussions with his comrades.

The geographic advantages of Hong Kong also helped Dr Sun in his revolutionary campaign. The deep harbour and ease of transportation of Hong Kong had not only helped the shipment of revolutionary armament and supplies, but also provided the revolutionaries with elbowroom in organising political parties, recruiting new blood, planning and supervising uprisings. Thus the territory remained as the base of Dr Sun's revolutionary activities for 18 years between the establishment of the Xing Zhong Hui (Revive China Society) in 1894 and the founding of the Chinese Republic in 1912.

As Dr Sun spent more than a decade in Hong Kong, it is believed that a significant number of his artifacts survive in the territory.

The Collection Campaign welcomes artifacts related to Dr Sun Yat-sen and the 1911 Revolution, as well as those related to his family members and descendents, other revolutionaries, gentry-merchants, reformers and politicians who were either born, educated or enlightened in Hong Kong. Any memorabilia of them, including clothing, daily accessories, calligraphy, letters, diaries, photographs, visual and audio recordings, as well as old newspapers and magazines with coverage of their activities, fall into the scope of collection.

For enquiries and donation, please contact the Assistant Curator (Natural History) of the Museum of History, Ms Christine Mok Yuk-ha, at 2724 9016.

The Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It opens from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).

Ends/Tuesday, May 4, 2004
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