Hercules George Robert Robinson, 1st Baron Rosmead

In March 1859 Hercules George Robert Robinson was appointed governor of Hong Kong. He negotiated the secession of Kowloon, and by his diplomacy opened a new era for Hong Kong. He reformed public works, the monetary system, training of civil servants, and the notorious brothels. He gave a particular viceregal standing to the office of governor. He remained there for six years and in many ways its modern history can arguably be dated to his period of governorship. While in Hong Kong he was also a member of the commission into the finances of the Straits Settlements which led directly to new colonial authority in that region.

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