HA Keloon Louis 夏其龍

Research Projects


  • The 19th Century Catholic Cemeteries in Hong Kong from a Cultural and Social Perspective
  • HA, Louis E. Keloon , CHEUNG Chan Fai (Philosophy)
    15 January 2007
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    Cemeteries are setup to keep the remains of the dead to preserve materially a link between the living and the dead. People regard that the dead are entitled to have the dignity and respect of occupying a physical space. In fact, the Catholics believe that the remains of the dead are waiting for the day of resurrection to see God with their material eyes. Certainly, the hygienic, emotional and social needs are met in the arrangement for the dead.

    The Catholic community existed in Hong Kong as early as 1842. Immediately, there was a need to setup a cemetery because many Catholic Irish soldiers serving in Hong Kong failed to resist the tropical diseases and weather. Portuguese came next as a group that needed burial place as they began to migrate to Hong Kong. The Chinese Catholic, however, became gradually the prevalent group that needed burial places. The number of major Catholic cemeteries increased to three in the 20th century. There are also some minor cemeteries scattered around Sai Kung, Cheung Chau, Stanley, Lantao Island.>br>
    A study on these cemeteries will reflect the development of the Catholic Church and the Hong Kong society in the 19th century. The change of ethnic composition in the cemeteries, in headstone inscriptions, in grave designs and artifacts will provide materials for cultural and social investigation. The present proposal is a first trial on this subject and intends to apply for a major grant for the extension of the study to cover the 20th century. (AL06717)


  • Discover of the 19th Century Hong Kong through St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery
  • HA, Louis E. Keloon
    1 December 2006
    Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, Hong Kong

    The project will record and analyse systematically about 2,000 tombs, inscriptions, memorial artifacts, personal data of those buried in the Catholic Cemetery at Happy Valley in the 19th century. The project will also identity certain artifacts, tomb inscriptions which need immediate restoration for the preservation of Hong Kong heritage. (AL06690)



Research Publications


  • 《米高與惡龍:十九世紀天主教墳場與香港》,香港:香港中文大學天主教研究中心,2008。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL DS796.H77 S7155 2008; HK Studies DS796.H77 S7155 2008)



  • 《百載十年的蔭庇》[110 years in the grace of our lord] 英文編輯蔣耀東;中文翻繹陳愛潔、何良懋,香港:聖母無原罪主敎座堂,1999。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HKS Closed Stack BX4640.H6 H6 1999; CC Oversize BX4640.H6 H6 1999)



  • 《香港中文大學天主教研究中心3週年紀念特刊》與阮美賢合編,香港:香港中文大學天主教研究中心,2008。
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC LG51.H59.5 C433 2008)



  • 《香港傳教歷史之旅 半山區、西營盤、跑馬地》,香港:天主教香港教區福傳年專責小組,2006。
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC BV3425.H6 H354 2006; UL HK Studies BV3425.H6 H354 2006)



  • 《香港傳教歷史之旅 尖沙咀、九龍塘、深水埗》,香港:天主教香港教區福傳年專責小組,2005。
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC BV3425.H6 H355 2005; UL HK Studies BV3425.H6 H355 2005)



  • 《香港傳教歷史之旅 旅途上的古人》,香港:天主教香港教區福傳年跟進小組,2006。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies BV3427.A1 H35 2006; CC BV3427.A1 H35 2006)



  • 《香港傳教歷史之旅 碗窰、汀角、鹽田仔》,香港:天主教香港教區福傳年專責小組,2005。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies BV3425.H6 H356 2005; CC BV3425.H6 H356 2005)



  • 《獨身/ 婚姻:女性教會事奉論文集》,香港:香港中文大學天主教研究中心,2009。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies BV3425.H6 H356 2005; CC BV4390 .D83 2009)


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