Month: December 2013

A Scottish Christmas Down Under

During the Christmas holidays of 1916 Nan Drennan, a recent arrival to New Zealand, wrote a letter to her mother back in Scotland, noting that she remembered the holidays as a time that they ‘always spend together’. This, however, was now impossible given the physical distance between mother and daughter. The only thing Nan could Read More

Charles Stewart Addis: A Scottish Sojourner in Asia

Charles Stewart Addis was born in Edinburgh on 23 November 1861. He remained in the city and was educated at Edinburgh Academy before moving on to work for Peter Dowie and Co., Grain Importers (Leith) between 1876 and 1880. Addis then relocated to London, where he joined the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC). The Read More