Descendant of 1860s British consul visits Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung

Swinhoe was not only a diplomat, but also conducted research into the Taiwanese fauna

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/18
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Christopher Swinhoe-Standen (right) with an effigy of his famous forefather (photo courtesy of Kaohsiung Department of Cultural Affairs). (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A fifth-generation descendant of British consul Robert Swinhoe on Thursday visited the building in Kaohsiung where his forefather lived and worked in the 1860s.

During the visit to the hilltop consulate, Christopher Swinhoe-Standen posed by an effigy of his famous forefather, the first British consul in Taiwan, which at the time was ruled by China’s Qing Dynasty.

Swinhoe-Standen first visited the National Taiwan Museum in Taipei where he learned more about the history of the country, including the foreign presence on the island, the Central News Agency reported.    [FULL  STORY]

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