The author, a qualified nursing sister, was recruited by the ONA in London for the private Matilda & War Memorial Hospital in Hong Kong, where she arrived in 1967. It was not until 1978, during a hospital spring clean, that she found a broken picture frame with a photo of an elegant Victorian lady inscribed 'Matilda L. Sharp. Hong Kong. Xmas 1875'. Joyce was so entranced by this find that she determined to research the life and travels of Matilda, a task she was to complete so clearly and concisely after ten most fruitful years of careful study. Part I of her book is thus devoted to Matilda's life, 1829-1893; whilst Part II deals with the building and setting up, after the death of her husband in 1899 and with funds from his will, of the Matilda Hospital on Mount Kellett 'to the glory of God and for the good of men: in memory of Matilda, the wife of Granville Sharp, resident in this colony 1858-1893'.
Excellent pages, some edge and D/J wear.