The Manchurian plague (1910-11) was a deadly pneumonic epidemic that affected Manchuria (today's Northeast China) and Mongolia which ultimately killed an estimated 60,000 people in the affected regions. In December 1910 Dr Wu Lien-teh (伍連德), a Malayan-born British subject and graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, was called by the Chinese government to head for the plague-affected areas to investigate the disease, and then he remained in China to fight the battle against the pneumonic plague. Dr Wu’s successful control and eradication of the Manchurian plague epidemic brought him international recognition and was regarded as the international plague expert. For his contributions, Dr Wu was conferred honorary doctorates by a number of institutions, one was the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by the University of Hong Kong in December 1916.
This plague image collection is created from photo albums of Dr Wu where he presented to the University of Hong Kong in 1957. Images include medical scenes and Dr Wu’s anti-plague work and expeditions in Manchuria region during the period of 1911-1928.