The Chinese Railway History specialist Peter Crush, together with Mr. Geoffrey Emerson and Mr. Gary Chan Wai arrived once again at the MUST’s Research Center of Tong King Sing. The MUST Head Librarian and Director of the Research Center Prof. Dai Longji, Associate Librarian Ms. Zhao Xichen, Assistant Librarian Mr. Yang Xunling and relevant colleagues warmly welcomed their visit.
▲Librarian Dai Longji (left 5), Associate Librarian Zhao Xichen (right 3) and Peter Crush (right 5) taking a photo together.
Peter Crush presented his extensive precious archive collection about legacy of the chief engineer of the Chinese Engineering and Mining Company, Kinder Claude William (1852-1936), including photos, letters, related books among others. These materials record the history of the early development of China’s railway and locomotive, and the process of the Chinese industrialization. They are crucial resources to research on Heungshan, Tong Kingsing and China’s modernization.
▲Peter Crush displaying the collection of his archive
To forward the research on Heungshan (Macao) and its relation with China’s modernization, the Center appointed Peter Crush as an “Honorary Research Fellow”. Both parties joined strenghs, forwarding the relevant research. The Vice President of MUST, Dr. Tong Kalok awarded Peter Crush a Certificate of Appointment, making him the first “Honorary Research Fellow” of our Center.
▲Peter Crush (left) being awarded a Certificate of Appointment by Vice President Dr. Tong Kalok (right)
The Center will hold an academic conference regarding “Tong Kingsing and China’s Modernization” in March 2020. By mutual consensus, it was agreed to use Peter Crush’s literature and archive as the foundation for the “Tong Kingsing and the Development of China’s Industries” exhibition to be held at this conference. During the meeting, Prof. Dai and Ms. Zhao presented to Mr. Peter Crush the Series of Tong King-sing’s Historical Materials (Volume 1), recently published by the Center. He appreciated the gift and actively communicated with colleagues during the meeting.
▲Librarian Prof. Dai (right) and Associate Librarian Ms. Zhao (left) presenting a new book to Mr. Crush (middle)
▲Peter Crush and guests discussing with colleagues