Rebuild the KCR Terminus - step 2

An update on progress, plus requests for modern drone photos of the tower, and old photos / films of the whole station building.

Here's the latest model (email subscribers, you'll probably need to click here to visit the website and see the model):

KCR Clocktower (masked) by gwulo on Sketchfab

The first model was built from modern photos of the clocktower, and shows the whole tower. (click here to view).

But the problem with using modern photos is


August 1945 - "It won't be long now"

Last month we read Barbara Anslow's memories of liberation as the Japanese surrendered in August 1945. In this passage, Graham Heywood remembers August 1945 and his liberation from the Prisoner of War camp at Sham Shui Po.

August came in with beautiful days; towering white clouds drifted gently over the hills on the south wind, and we would lounge on the terrace in the afternoons basking in the blazing sunshine. Everything seemed utterly peaceful; there was no sound or movement in the town around us.

And then one day the news filtered in, and was whispered around the hospital, that Russia had invaded Manchuria. We heard nothing more until Thursday, August 16th. This was a very curious day, in the morning the Japs were observed to be burning their documents in the incinerator ... the first sign of changes to come. Rumours were circulated of a landing at Osaka, then that fighting had ceased. A sentry coming from Sham Shui Po in the evening informed us that the band had been playing and the prisoners making merry all day. Another said “you very happy; I too very happy; soon go back to my house in Formosa.” But evening muster took place as usual; Capt. Saito, the Japanese medical officer in charge of the hospital, was in a vile temper, and refused to say a word.

What was really happening? Was Hong Kong to be handed back without the horrors of another invasion? Was this only an armistice, or had Japan surrendered? There were some very sick men in hospital, who could be saved by good food, and for their sake particularly we trusted that the rumours were not false. We could hardly believe that our three-and-a-half years of imprisonment were really ending; the whole atmosphere was so completely vague and quiet and undramatic. We went to bed in a mood of subdued optimism, but bubbling with impatience to see the outcome of the next few days.

At breakfast the following morning I was so

One photo, two "Please help", and a grumble

The photo: 1955 Queen's Road Central

1955 Queens Road Central

This week's photo was for a customer who needed a 1950s view of Queen's Road Central to include in a booklet they're producing. Click here for more information about the scene, and find out why any nervous readers should avoid that car!

Please help #1: Rebuild the TST KCR Terminus

The goal is to recreate the old TST KCR Terminus as a 3D model, by using modern computer software to process old photos of the building. I've got the software, but I need

A stroll through Cheung Chau's history

Last weekend I joined a couple of friends for a wander around Cheung Chau. As the ferry pulled in to the bay, we noticed the boatyards across on the north shore:

Boat yards at Cheung Chau

They reminded us of the boatyards in this 1930s photo of Cheung Chau:

c.1930 Cheung Chau

So, something to take a closer look at. The first stop though, was to see this

c.1922 View of Hong Kong from the harbour

c.1922 View of Hong Kong from the harbour

Where: Hong Kong island as seen from the harbour. I've been tidying up this photo to use it in my next talk in November. One sequence looks at how this view has changed over the years, with the new photo following a similar view from 1906:

1906 View of Hong Kong from the harbour

What: So what did change? Let's start at the top and work our way down:


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