Noele Brockman was born in Shanghai in
1927, and attended the Public and Thomas Hanbury School for Girls. After World War II, she
worked for the United States military, where she met her husband, John Brockman, an American
soldier. The two married in Shanghai, and lived in numerous places in both Europe and the
United States before settling in San Jose, California. The collection contains items
collected by the Brockmans during their time in China, including a jacket with
hand-embroidered dragons, a sterling silver cigarette case with gold embossed dragons on the
front, and a small sterling silver tray with a 1912 Chinese silver dollar embedded into the
Noele Brockman was born on December 25, 1927. She grew up in Shanghai, attending the Public
and Thomas Hanbury School for Girls. John Brockman was an American soldier stationed in
China after World War II. The two met when Noele received a position working for the
Military Police Battalion John was a part of, and they were soon married in Shanghai. They
left China when the U.S. troops were evacuated, and due to John's work for the army, and
then for a defense contractor, they lived in numerous locations in the United States and
Europe. They had two daughters and once retired they permanently settled in San Jose,
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