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Historical & Current Hong Kong Government Publications

Hong Kong Annual Reports

1841 - 1941/42: PRINT: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/3745823 or http://go.utlib.ca/cat/12289088

1879 - 1939: ONLINE (through Hong Kong Government Reports Online)

1946 - 1996: ONLINE (through Hong Kong Public Libraries)

1997 - Last year: ONLINE 

Policy Address by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong (Governor prior to the handover)

The policy address was first introduced during the colonial period by Governor Sir Murray MacLehose in 1972 as "Address by His Excellency the Governor". 

1976 - 1997: Print: Per JQ670 A1 G66 at Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library

1976 (Chinese & English), 1977 (English), 1978 (Chinese & English), 1979 (Chinese), 1980 - 1981 (Chinese & English), 11982/83 (English), 1983/84 (English), 1986/87 (Chinese), 1987/1988 (Chinese), 1988/89 (Chinese), 1989/1990 (Chinese), 1991/92 (Chinese & English), 1995/96 (Chinese & English), 1996/1997 (Chinese & English)

1997 - Present: ONLINE 

Hong Kong Government Gazette:

Online: current & key word search May, 2000 - Present

           1842 -1941 

Print: 1951 - 1970 in B2 storage, 1971 - current in periodical area, with gaps.

         v.125 (1983:Jan.7)-v.126 (1984:Dec.) 

Microfilm: 1853 - 1961 (MF0525 - MF0630), Supplements 1971-73 (MF0631 - MF0636).

                Please request at the front desk of Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library.

Hong Kong Sessional Papers

Print: Index to the sessional papers of Hong Kong 1879-1982

Online: Sessional Papers: 1884 - 1940

Microfilm: 1884 - 1949 (MF0698 - MF0707)

                Please request at the front desk of Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library.

Hong Kong Blue Books: 

Print: 1887 - 193Hong Kong blue book for the year ...

Online: 1871 - 1940 

Microfilm: 1884 - 1940 (MF0708 -MF0736)

               Please request at the front desk of Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library.

Hong Kong Hansard (Reports of the meetings of the Legislative Council): 

Online: 1858 - Present year,  

Microfilm: 1892 - 1992 (MF0637 - MF0686)

                 Please request at the front desk of Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library.

Current & Historical Hong Kong Newspapers

The microfilm collection of Hong Kong Newspaper Clippings, dated from 1980’s to 1999, covering fifteen Hong Kong Chinese and English newspapers (see the list below), were compiled and fully indexed by Hong Kong Catholic Social Communications Office. 

  1. South China Morning Post 南華早報
  2. Ming Pao 明報
  3. Wen Wei Po 文匯報
  4. The Standard 英文虎報
  5. Wah Kiu Yat Po 華僑日報
  6. Hong Kong Economic Journal 信報財經新聞
  7. Ta Kung Pao 大公報
  8. 快報
  9. Hong Kong Economic Times 香港經濟日報
  10. Hong Kong Daily News 新報
  11. Xing Tao Daily 星島日報

The following indexes (1980 - June, 1999) are available at the library.

Other Historical Newspapers

Find Historical Newspapers at UTL

Find Historical Newspapers by Searching Google Newspaper Archive

Google allows you to search scanned newspapers over the past century or so.

1. Simple search: search terms site:news.google.com/newspapers.

For example, put "Hong Kong fall Japan site:news.google.com/newspapers" into the search box (no quotation marks) will get a list of newspaper articles reporting the fall of Hong Kong during the War World II.

2. Google News Archive Advanced search: https://news.google.com/news/advanced_news_search?as_drrb=a

Advanced news search includes four fields to enter queries. You can search for articles:

  • Containing all of the words you enter.
  • Containing the exact phrase you enter.
  • Containing at least one of the words you enter.
  • Not containing a word you enter.

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