1947
John Romer arrives in Hong Kong to join the government as Head of Pest Control

1949
Father Anthony Bogadek arrives in Hong Kong to teach at St. Louis School

1965
Gloria Barretto establishes the Hong Kong Wild Orchids Group 

1968
Bogadek becomes the first Biology teacher in the St. Louis School

1971
Barretto retires from Tai Po District Office and takes up invitation to work at Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association 

1980
Publication of Hong Kong Orchids by Gloria Barretto and J.L. Youngsaye

1986
Publication of Hong Kong Amphibians and Reptiles by Anthony Bogadek, Stephen J. Karsen, and Michael Wai-neng Lau 

2011
Posthumous publication of Barretto's The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong, co-authored with Philip Cribb and Stephen Gale

 

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Moving into an age of environmental consciousness, the study of Hong Kong’s natural world took on newly urgent resonances after the mid-20th century. The role of amateur naturalists did not diminish. Instead, they continued to broaden local scientific knowledge, forming collaborations with professional scientists, and educating future generations of naturalists. 

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