In 1977, we moved to the School of Education at the Chinese of Hong Kong. My primary responsibility was in the training of Chemistry teachers for local secondary schools, though being a rather small school at that time, I was required to teach other courses as well. We lived in one of the residences on campus.

I decided that it would be advantageous to obtain a PhD, which resulted in moving to Stanford University in 1983. There we stayed in the university campus village for the two years we were there. During this time, I did all the required coursework for the degree and presented my dissertation proposal.

At the end of August 1985, we returned to Hong Kong where, as well as my normal work at the School of Education, I did the research for my dissertation.

During this stage of my life, our three children were born. Leonie (in 1979) and Gavin (in 1981), who were born in Hong Kong, and Nadine (in 1985) who was born in San Francisco.


Chinese University of Hong Kong; part of the Central Campus

The Middle Hong Kong Years: Life History Files

Here are accounts of the middle years in Hong Kong. On clicking the first link,the file will open in a new tab. Alternatively, you may like the file to open in the frame at the bottom of the page. If so, click on the second link.


The new CUHK railway station but still the old trains. (Mrs Cho on the left.)

The middle years File viewer

The Stanford years (1983 - 1985 + 1988) File viewer

Life and Work on the University Campus


Birthday parties were always held

Campus life and something of Hong Kong in general:

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The Residence 6 years (1977 - 1981):

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The Residence 11 years (1982 - 1983):

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The School of Education (prior to 1983):

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The Stanford years:

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Pictures of aspects of life of the family


Christmas time at 37C Escondido Village, Stanford


Around the reservoirs races in Hong Kong (two of them anyway!):

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Marathons (three 1981 - 1983):

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Stanford MS (Statistics) diploma Stanford PhD diploma

Click here to view the diplomas in the viewer at the bottom of the page

Photo viewer (MS diploma) Photo viewer (PhD diploma)

Sierra Vista Hospital records (1985):

Hospital records [Click on each record to open it.] File viewer


Lantau monastery retreat (ca. 1979):

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On campus:

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Birth certificate:

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Photos of birth and early years (1979+):

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Escondido Elementary School (Stanford, 1985):

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The same photos of Leonie's birth and early years embedded as a slideshow:

Baby and early years (Vimeo) Password = Leonie



Birth certificate:

Document - again sorry, it is not horizontal! File viewer

Register of birth in New Zealand:

Document File viewer

Photos of birth and early years (1981 - 1983):

Photos File viewer

The same photos of Gavin's birth and early years embedded as a slideshow:

Birth & early years (Vimeo) Password = Gavin



Birth certificate:

Birth certificate (Ah - the correct way up!) File viewer view

As a baby at Stanford, 1985:

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Photos from above of Nadine: Birth and as a baby at Stanford embedded as a slideshow:

Birth & early years (Vimeo) Password required (please ask me)


New Zealand grandparents' visit to Hong Kong (1982 - 1983)

Hong Kong:

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Visit to Macau and Zhuhai:

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The same photos of the Hong Kong part of their visit embedded as a slideshow:

Grandparents visit to Hong Kong (Vimeo). Password (if needed) = grand


Some Pictures of Travels


In the snow at Bealey near Arthur's Pass during a trip to Christchurch

The pictures here cover the years from 1978 to 1983. In 1978, Vanessa and I travelled to Japan and South Korea. Thereafter, trips were made with one or more of the children.

In 1980, when Leonie was one year old, we went to Australia (Sydney), New Zealand (Christchurch), the United States, primarily to show her to our families. then briefly to Canada (Vancouver) on the way back to Hong Kong.

At the end of 1981, Vanessa and I along with young Leonie, Keith and Anh, travelled with a Chinese University group to South-western China. Leonie was a delightful member of the group and no trouble whatsoever. Gavin was too young to come and stayed with Mrs Cho (in the residence adjacent to Residence 6).

In 1982, I attended a conference in Honolulu. A few pictures of places I visited are shown here.

In 1983, shortly before going to Stanford, I travelled with a delegation from the School of Education to China, sponsored (and mostly paid for) by the Ministry of Education in China.

In the summer of 1983, we took a long route to Stanford, travelling to New Zealand (Christchurch) and Los Angeles (including Disneyland).

1978 to Japan and South Korea

Japan File viewer

South Korea File viewer

1980 to Australia, New Zealand and North America

Sydney File viewer

Christchurch File viewer

USA and Vancouver File viewer

1981 Chung Chi College visit to South-western China

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1982 Honolulu Conference (sightseeing pics!)

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1983 Faculty trip to China

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1983 to New Zealand and Los Angeles on the way to Stanford

Hamilton (New Zealand) File viewer

Christchurch and Akaroa (near Christchurch) File viewer (minus the single Akaroa pic)

Visit to Bill Ellwood's bach at Bealey File viewer

Disneyland File viewer

File and photo viewer

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