The entrepreneur Sir Thomas Hanbury (1832–1907) was a resident of Shanghai in the 1850s and 1860s; multiple local schools were named in his honor. In 1867, having concluded his ten-year sojourn in China, he moved to Italy and built a garden on the Lugurian coast, close to the French border, named La Mortola.
The Hanbury family during their time in Shanghai, in the residence named The Haven, on Sinza Road 新闸路. Shanghai Municipal Archive.
A party at La Mortola in Liguria, in the 1890s. © Giardini Botanici Hanbury.