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John Thomson

Born: Edinburgh, 14 June 1837
Died: London, 30 September 1921
Nationality: Scottish

chemistry at Edinburgh University


1862 – settles in Pinang, Malaysia

1867 – publishes The Antiquities of Cambodia, illustrated with albumen prints

1870 – publishes North River (Hong Kong)

1873-4 – publishes Illustrations of China and its People, with collotype photographs

1872 – settles in London

1875 – publishes The Straits of Malacca, Indo-China and China, or Ten Years’ Travels, Adventures and Residence Abroad, illustrated with woodcuts

1877 – publishes Street Life in London with writer Adolphe Smith Headingly; first reformist publication illustrated with photographs


Malaysia, Siam (now Thailand), Cambodia, Vietnam, and China (1862-74); Cyprus (1879)