The stones, statues and memorials found all over Macao trace the
story from the days of the first Portuguese navigators to reach
China in the sixteenth century to the events of more recent
Hidden away in odd corners or standing incongruously surrounded by
modern buildings and thronged with traffic, unnoticed by almost all
who pass, are the treasure-vaults of Macao's rich and colourful
history. In the cool shadows of old churches, set into the walls of
long-disused fortresses, and in tranquil and leafy gardens, lie the
silent stone keys that unlock the secrets of Macao and its opulent
and varied past.
Lindsay and May Ride spent many years researching and documenting
the oft-hidden stones of Macao. The result of their work is an
opportunity for the stones of Macao themselves to tell of the rich
and varied history of this tiny, unlikely place.
Work on this book began in 1954, but was diverted for a long period
so that restoration and research on the Old Protestant Cemetery
could be completed. In an early stage of its development it was
finally halted - or so it seemed at the time - by the death of Sir
Lindsay Ride in October 1977.
Now published in the year the four-century-old Portuguese adventure
in Macao is finally to conclude, the stories recounted in The
Voices of Macao Stones vividly bring to life the individuals,
events and circumstances that have made Macao the unique place it
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