“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Beatrice Gracey of Shanghai Weds a Scotsman, 1933

Posted: July 8th, 2017 | No Comments »

I’m sure you’ll agree that Miss Beatrice Gracey looks like a woman who knows her mind; makes her decisions and sticks to them.

She was of strong stock – Beatrice’s father was S.P. Gracey, who was a banker and member of the Shanghai Stock Exchange but had been in Shanghai in various posts, including with the  American Trading Company, since the early part of the century.

Beatrice left the University of California and returned to Shanghai in 1930. She then took a job with the US Consulate in Hankow (Hankou) and along the way met D.W. Morrison, a Scottish oilman based in China working for the Asiatic Petroleum Company.

Obviously they fell in love and Beatrice travelled from China to San Francisco, then across country to New York and then another ship to Southampton before a train up to Inverness in Scotland where she married D.W. Morrison at his ancestral home.

I believe the couple returned to China and that Beatrice was interned for the duration of the war in Chapei camp in Shanghai.


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