The Defences of Macau

Forts, Ships and Weapons over 450 Years


Richard J. Garrett

ISBN : 978-962-209-993-7


March 2010

288 pages, 7″ x 10″, 213 color and b&w illus.

  • HK$325.00

Also available in Paperback HK$225.00

The forts built from the early seventeenth century onwards, the ships that defended Macau’s waters, the weapons that armed the facilities and the soldiers and sailors who manned them all are carefully detailed in The Defences of Macau. These forts, cannon and small arms were a familiar part of society for hundreds of years, and a significant part of Macau’s heritage. Macau is fortunate in having so many artifacts remaining, but very little research has been done on them.

Richard Garrett, a retired civil engineer and an expert in antique weapons, addresses this gap by identifying many rare and unique weapons. More than 200 illustrations, many in colour, serve as a visual record of what has survived.

Some of the forts are included among Macau’s World Heritage sites. Many visitors and those interested in the history of the region will be interested in these forts and arms that remain in relative abundance in Macau. The book will also appeal to those scholars specialising in military and arms history.

Richard Garrett was educated at Dulwich College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong’s Centre of Asian Studies, and a member of the Arms and Armour Society, the Society for Army Historical Research and the Ordnance Society. He started collecting antique firearms in 1965 and has written many articles on antique weapons.

“Richard Garrett’s The Defences of Macau is an integrated historical survey of the port’s defensive systems encompassing its forts, warships, artillery and small arms. This masterful account of how this enigmatic city approached defensive warfare will appeal to military historians, students of fortification and orientalists alike. Highly recommended.” —Bill Harriman, Arms and militaria specialist, BBC TV Antiques Roadshow

“Richard Garrett’s engaging well-illustrated account fully bears out his claim to Macau’s being a ‘treasure house’ of old forts and weapons. A civil engineer, lifetime collector of small arms and published author, he is exceptionally well-qualified to write on this subject, which he has researched assiduously on the spot.” —Dr Hames Hayes, Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong branch, author of The Hong Kong Region 1850–1911 and other books on the history and culture of this part of China