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
Alyce with newborn in Beijing 1965.
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 at the Summer Palace Beijing 1965.
Colin Mackerras with baby Stephen, Beijing 1965.
Alyce and Stephen Mackerras. Beijing 1965
Alyce and Stephen Mackerras
Alyce and Stephen4
Aiyi Comrade Wang and Stephen
Links to other pages under the section ‘Life in China 1964-66’
Life in Beijing in the 1960s
Signs of Revolution
Various travels 1970s & 80s