Dorothy Elizabeth DARKIN (née DAVIES) [1931-1972] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Dorothy Elizabeth DARKIN (née DAVIES) [1931-1972]

Dorothy Elizabeth
Birthplace (town, state): 
Finsbury, Islington, London
Birthplace (country): 
Cause of death: 

Dorothy Elizabeth Darkin née Davies (born sometime between April and June 1931) was married to a Rick Darkin (I think maybe Richard Eric son of Norman Darkin?) who was a Superintendent in the RHKP in Mongkok, Kowloon at the time of her death. We believe she had left the UK for New Zealand as a nurse in the late 1950s before ending up in HK. She had two sons (Angus and Rodney) who would have been born in the 1960s. The last known address was in Broadcast Drive, Kowloon. My Aunt Dorothy died in the Matilda International Hospital on the Peak in Hong Kong Island on or around the 1st of May 1972 from cancer. I believe her husband may have remarried soon after and all contact with that side of our family was lost. Records are proving hard to find.

I am looking for any confirmation or tips on when or where Dorothy might have met and married Rick, (and whether he is the Richard Eric Darkin I believe him to be) and where my two cousins Angus and Rodney may have ended up. Hopefully also where my aunt Dorothy might be buried.

Really any information or advice on anyone in this family and what might have happened to them after Dorothy died would be welcomed. Thank you.




Dorothy Elizabeth Davies born 19 April  1931 Finsbury London daughter of Charles William Davies 1901 - 1955 and Martha Maud E Dudley 1905 -1977. Died 1 May 1972 Matilda Hospital Hong Kong

Trained as a nurse Chelmsford and Essex Hospital Registered 1952

Marriage  to Richard Eric Darkin 14 March 1966 Hong Kong He died 29 October 2017 Spain

Angus Richard Darkin born 24 September 1966 Hong Kong. Died 17 February 2016 Rugby Warwickshire

Pasenger list Voyage Hong Kong to New Zealand 1952

William N Darkin 51 police officer

Marie C Darkin 46

Richard E Darkin 15

Yvonne C Darkin 11

William Norman Darkin born 21 April 1901 Manchester Died 18 April 1976 Auckland New Zealand



Dorothy did have 2 sons.  Angus and Rodney.  I am Rodney.  My name in fact changed when I was 3 yrs of age and I am now known as Michael Darkin.  D.O.B 10 November 1969.  I am alive and well and living in Poole, Dorset, UK.  I would be very interested in speaking to and indeed meeting with my cousin as detailed in previous posts.

I look forward to contact


Hi Michael, great to make contact and good to hear you are well. I have been in touch with your cousin (?) Stephanie Johnston over at Ancestry UK since seeing her post here and she should have my direct email but I will send it again tomorrow for forwarding to you (or you can find me under CAM O'Loughlin over at Ancestry UK and message me directly and securely there). Hope to make contact soon...


I completed my high schooling in Auckland, New Zealand, in the early 1950's and a classmate and friend was Eric Darkin.

He had an older brother whose name I cannot recall and who I never met as he had left New Zealand to join the colonial police in Hong Kong.  At that time the family had not been together in New Zealand that long but were intent on spending Eric's dad's retiring years in New Zealand.  His Dad, to my knowledge had spent most of his adult life as an officer in the police in Hong Kong and had been interned there by the Japanese throughout their occupation.

Our schooling over we went our seperate ways,  Eric to Hong Kong to join his brother in the police, His mum and dad to Wanganui, a town on the west coast  of New Zealand's north island where I understand they purchased and ran the local movie theatre and I to begin a miltary career.

I had no contact or news of Eric for many years but, my military days behind me and flying for Qantas back in the days of Kai Tak and 707's, I spent many nights in Kowloon and managed to track Eric down and even to spend some time with him in Kowloon and at his home in Shatin.  At that stage I think he was a superintendent in the police on Kowloon side and his brother on the island.

Unfortunately our renewed contact did not last all that long; moving onto the 747's saw the last of my flights into HK and years of Australia-USA and Australia-Singapore-London flights.

Since those days my only trips to HK were exclusively to spend limited time in Wanchai with one of my sons who for a  time was foreign exchange dealer there with HSBC. 

I''m sorry I have such scant detail but if may fill in an odd gap.