Sailing Junks around Hong Kong

This email arrived on Monday:

... we are looking for any arresting photo that one might want to frame and hang on a wall of a junk with or without the city in background that could be printed vertically in the size 8 x 10. If you send some examples that'd be great.

Easy, right? Junks are iconic images of Hong Kong so let me just turn to Gwulo's catalogue which ... has nothing suitable at all. Oops.

After a quick search through my collection, I've added these four photos, taken in the 1950s. First is my favourite, also the oldest:

c.1950 Sailing Junk in harbour off Sheung Wan

In the background are Sheung Wan and mid-levels. You can get your bearings by looking for the

1960s: Views along the tram line

Join us for a tram ride eastwards across Hong Kong island. You can click any of the photos below to see other readers' comments, and / or leave your own.

August 1945: The end is in sight

Seventy years ago, our wartime diarists knew the end of the war was in sight. Would they live to see it?

The good news

They had two good reasons to believe the end of the war was coming. First there was

1954 Summer holidays - arriving home on BOAC

Children arriving at Kai Tak on BOAC, July 1954

Thanks to Ron Rakusen for sending this photo. He writes:

I started at Boarding School in the UK in April 1952 and next saw my parents in HK when I flew there for the summer holidays in 1954. 

It being my first time, I did not know what was involved but soon

The Jurors List for 1941

As I've just posted the 1941 Jurors List online, now's a good chance to talk about using the Jurors Lists for research. This list is also a bit different as I've used OCR (optical character recognition) to convert the scanned document into text, so I'll give some tips if you're thinking about using it. Then finally some thoughts on sharing this type of work.

1. What you can find in a Jurors List?

This list is a snapshot of Hong Kong in early 1941. Let's see what it can tell us about a couple of the authors of our wartime diaries.

1.1 Barbara Anslow

Unfortunately Barbara definitely won't be listed, as women couldn't serve as jurors in Hong Kong until after WW2.

Her father, Mr Redwood, was in Hong Kong at the time, working in the Navy Dockyard. And the two Mr. Anslow's, her future husband and father-in-law, were in Hong Kong too. But as they worked in the armed services or civil service, they couldn't be jurors either.

So, a good example of the limitations of the Jurors List, but we'll have much better luck with our next author.

1.2 Paul Atroshenko


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