China Commemorates 91st Anniversary of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression! (18.9.2022)

China resounds with the hashtag – 牢记九一八#!(#Keep in mind 918#!) – to remember the millions of Chinese people (and Allies) that were killed or maimed in China’s War Against International Fascism (which lasted between 1931-1945 and included the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945)! Imperial Japan was copying the Western model of imperialist and colonial aggression – and had invaded and occupied Northeast China in 1894-1895 (First Sino-Japanese War) and this aggressive behaviour eventually led to the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905) – a conflict between an encroaching Czarist Russia an an ever-increasingly confident (modernising) Japan! Japan ended the conflict with controlling parts of Shenyang (formerly controlled by Czarist Russia) – but decided to launch a ‘War of Aggression’ from this platform on September 18th, 1931! Ironically, it would be the Soviet Red Army that would come to the aid of the Chinese people in 1945 and ‘crush’ the occupying Japanese Forces whilst completely ‘Liberating’ Northeast China – handing the captured territory (and material resources) to the control of the Communist Party of China!

Taiwan (1895-1945): 50 Years of Tyranny – How the Japanese Dealt with the Aborigine Uprising! (24.8.2022)

The above pictures and texts are selected from “Ecological Destruction and Social Control”, volume 24 of “Illustrations of Japanese Invasion of China”, Edited by Wu Jing (武菁) and published by Shandong Pictorial Publishing House in May 2015. The Chronicle of Japanese Invasion of China consists of twenty-five volumes, Edited by Zhang Xianwen (张宪文), Senior Honorary Professor of Nanjing University. It is a Cooperation Project of the Key Research Base of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education, the Research Centre of the History of the Republic of China of Nanjing University, and Shandong Pictorial Publishing House Co., Ltd., and was selected into the “Twelfth Five-Year” National Key Book Publishing Planning Project, and was included in the National Press and Publication Reform and Development Project Library in 2014 library project.

Monument: Water-Trough and Cross – William Francis Gamul Farmer (1812- 1860) – BellGate Entrance – (East) Nonsuch Park [Cheam] (11.8.2022)  

Willian Francis Gamul Farmer married one ‘Matilda Farmer (nee ‘Wilkinson’) [1815-1889] and produced eleven children with here – seven boys and four girls. The names of his children were William Robert Gamul Farmer, Thomas Allix Farmer, Matilda Frances Farmer, George Lancelot McLean Farmer, Margaret Anna Farmer, Emily Mary Farmer, Charles Edward Farmer, Revd. James Edmund Gamul Farmer, Henry Lowth Farmer, Catherine Augusta Farmer and Francis Colebrooke Farmer. He inherited from his grandfather when aged 26 years old (in 1838) and again from his father – William Meeke Farmer (1778-1840) – when he was 28 years old in 1840! This is why he lived the care-free life associated with the landed gentry. Willian Francis Gamul Farmer was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey before reaching the Office of High Sheriff of the County of Surrey – when he received his appointment in 1849 (when he was around 37 years old). Indeed, so important a person was he – that an oil painting was commissioned to record this important event – which seems to show him around 37 years old (although I cannot find any verification for the date or the name of the artist, etc).