[Chinese Labour Corps, 1916 - cheerful labourers]

Material Information

[Chinese Labour Corps, 1916 - cheerful labourers]
Series Title:
Cormack, George E. (MS 380660)
Added title page title:
[Chinese Labour Corps, 1916 - travailleurs gaies]
Cormack, George E (1886-1959); businessman
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Glass slide ( medium )
18.5 x 20 cm in
Cultural Context:
Please note that the terms used in historical records reflect attitudes and language at the time and may now be considered derogatory or offensive.
At the time that this image was taken, the Chinese Labour Corps was referred to as the Chinese Coolie Labour Corps. The original title of this slide was "Chinese Coolie Labour Corps - pictures made in coloured sands to mark a festival on Vancouver Island".
"Coolie" entered the English language having passed through a variety of South Asian languages including Persian. Before becoming racially charged, the word originally referred to an individual who worked as a day labourer. For more information, see:


Subjects / Keywords:
Chinese ( LCSH )
Labourers ( UKAT )
Migrant workers ( UKAT )
Labour migration ( UKAT )
Migration ( UKAT )
Military manpower ( UKAT )
Business ( UKAT )
Railways ( UKAT )
Employees ( LCSH )
Migrant workers ( LCSH )
Migrant labor ( LCSH )
Military ( LCSH )
Railroads ( LCSH )
Business ( LCSH )
Chinese Labour Corps. ( LCSH )
Great Britain. Army. ( LCSH )
Glass slides
Spatial Coverage:
North America -- Canada -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- Vancouver Island
Amérique du Nord -- Canada -- Colombie-Britannique -- Vancouver -- l'île de Vancouver
49.25 x -123.1


General Note:
George E. Cormack was born in 1886. He spent the period 1913-1917 in Manchuria as a business representative, returning to Britain escorting a group of Chinese labourers destined for the Chinese Labour Corps. He served with the British Expeditionary Force in North Russia between 1918-1919 and this was followed by a brief sojourn in South Russia, 1919-1920. He then worked in Estonia and Latvia as a shipping agent, 1924-1940. He returned to northern Russia from 1941-1942 as a Ministry of War Transport representative with the Murmansk convoys. He died in 1959.
General Note:
Donated in 1995 and 1996.
General Note:
From the collection comprised 42 slides, principally of Manchuria and the Chinese Labour Corps taken by George Cormack (1912-1919). The material is arranged in chronological order.
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The physical collection also includes an album of photographs (1912-1913) relating to a visit on the Trans-Siberian Railway to Siberia and North Manchuria.
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Associated Material held elsewhere: George E. Cormack's memoirs and papers are held at Imperial War Museum Department of Documents [reference 92/21/1]; Two photograph albums Imperial War Museum Photographic Archive [reference 9205- 03]
General Note:
Name authority information for George E. Cormack is held by SOAS, University of London, record number GB/SOASNAF/P310.
General Note:
Name authority information for the Chinese Labour Corps is held by SOAS, University of London, record GB/SOASNAF/C58; the Library of Congress, record number n91038356; and VIAF, record number 153741076.
General Note:
Name authority information for the Great Britain, Army is held by SOAS, University of London, record GB/NNAF/C52152; the Library of Congress, record number n79063282; and VIAF, record number 124946906.
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This collection is part of SOAS Geographic name authority files for East Asia/Asia and the Pacific (GB/SOASNAF/P06) and Eastern Europe/Europe (GB/SOASNAF/P07)
General Note:
Black and white glass slide (positive).
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Images in the collection date from between 1912 and 1919. Individual slides are dated.
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VIAF (name authority) : Chinese Labour Corps : URI

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives & Special Collections
Rights Management:
This item is in the public domain. Please use in accord with Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC). High resolution digital master available from SOAS, University of London - the Digital Library Project Office.
Resource Identifier:
MS 380660/01/23 ( soas manuscript number )