On 21st January 1942 the bulk of enemy civilians - those of British, American and Dutch nationality, mostly European but including a number of Chinese and Eurasian wives of British nationals were herded into the grounds and buildings formerly occupied by St Stephens College and HM Prison Stanley.St Stephens College was at that time a private school and known as the Eton of the East.The internees were crowded into rooms often with complete strangers and regardless of sex.
In the Stanley Prison area the European married officers quarters and the Indian warders quarters were also used to accommodate internees.
Here they languished for three and half years in over crowded conditions with inadequate food and nutrition and very limited medicine.
Many never left and their graves remain in Stanley Military Cemetery with the original rough hewn granite tombstones. This is a collection of photos that show scenes from the area today and a few oldies dating back to 1945.
Maryknoll monastery existed pre-war, the fathers were ill treated by their Japanese captors.
British troops defending the hill top were by-passed and as they tried to extricate back to British lines many were killed or captured and then put to death.
Some were bayoneted alongside the nearby red brick Carmelite monastery which still stands today.In the photograph in the distance you can see the playing fields of St Stephen's College and the road rising up to Stanley Fort.If you look closely you can see in lower right quadrant the green roof of the Maryknoll Monastery and in centre right the playing fields of St Stephens College.This view is from Stanley Mound taken from a much higher position than the post war shot.It was here that three year old Brian Gill tragically drowned in May 1944 while playing in a fresh water pool just above the beach.It was here just after liberation while many internees still remained in camp pending repatriation that Sgt H. Jackson of the Hong Kong Police was dragged ashore and died in September 1945 after having been attacked by a shark while swimming.