China in My Eyes

50 years of continued friendship

Stephen

Colin and Alyce had their first child, Stephen shortly after arriving in Beijing. This makes them the first Australians to have a baby in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since 1949. As Australia did not recognise PRC as a country, there was no embassy to register their child’s birth. So Stephen was registered at the office of the British Chargé d’Affaires.

Colin Mackerras and Stephen

Colin Mackerras and Stephen

Alyce with newborn in Beijing 1965.

Alyce with newborn in Beijing 1965.

Stephen Mackerras

Zhang Hanzhi

While in Beijing, they were assigned Zhang Haizhi, Mao Zedong’s future English teacher and later english translator for President Nixon and Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

Colin with newborn in Beijing 1965.

Colin with newborn at the Summer Palace Beijing 1965.

Colin Mackerras with baby Stephen, Beijing 1965.

Colin Mackerras with baby Stephen, Beijing 1965.

Alyce and Stephen Mackerras. Beijing 1965

Alyce and Stephen Mackerras. Beijing 1965

Alyce and Stephen Mackerras

Alyce and Stephen Mackerras

Alyce and Stephen

Alyce and Stephen4

Stephen Mackerras

Stephen Mackerras

Stephen

Aiyi and Stephen

Aiyi Comrade Wang and Stephen

Links to other pages under the section ‘Life in China 1964-66’

Life in Beijing in the 1960s

First Students

Street Scenes

Places Visited

Beidahe

Signs of Revolution

Wuhan Diary

Various travels 1970s & 80s