The Boxer Uprising broker out in rural China and quickly gained tacit support
from some of the Chinese Government who saw the anti-foreign movement as a
useful tool to pressure foreign powers. This resulted in a fifty-five day siege
of the Peking Legations from June to August 1900.
Nine Countries sent military forces to China. These defeated the Chinese and
Boxer armies and captured Peking. imposing a heavy indemnity on China. The
Australian Naval Contingents from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia,
were the first Australian so serve in Asia. There were also Australians in the
British forces, and working as missionaries and journalists in China during the
Boxer Uprising - the best-known being George Morrison who was in the Legation
Quarter throughout the Siege.
'The Australian Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Boxer Uprising' is the first
book to deal with all levels of Australian involvement in China at that time.
The book, in an easy to read A-Z form, profusely illustrated, details
biographical appendices cover all members of the Australia contingents; provides
nominal rolls; and there is an extensive bibliography of all aspects of the
Appendix 1. The New South Wales Contingent
Appendix 2. The Victorian Contingent
Appendix 3. HMCS Protector (South Australian Contingent)