Timeline 1900 – 2017

Marriage Registrars ‘Warning Statement’

In 1924, the Foreign Office included ‘Chinese’ on the warning statement provided to British women by marriage registrars. As Bland (2005: 45-46) explains, this warning statement ‘already operating in relation to ‘Hindus, Moslems, African Negroes, etc.’ advised women that their marriages were unlikely to be recognised in their husband’s country of origin, that their husbands would be able to have other wives, indeed may already have other wives, and that they would lose British ‘protection’ once married to an alien’.