David email

David email
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Couldn't see where it was left off because the name on the bottom, Young, doesn't have the same occupation when compared to the spreadsheet and the original Juror's list.



Hi Marilyn,

Looking at the comments on the 1905 list, the latest one is 'started p200', so the next page that needs typing is page 201.

In the original document for the 1905 list, page 201 starts with a "Packham, Ralph". I can find the same name in the spreadsheet, but I see his occupation and address have changed. So I'd edit the spreadsheet's Title, Flat, and Building Name columns and change them to match the original document.

Thanks for joining in to help. I hope I've answered your question, but let me know if anything isn't clear.

Regards, David

Hi David,

I'm looking for some interesting black and white photos of hong kong for my own use. Is it possible to buy some of them on line? I'm based in London, how long is going to take to get my purchase?

Many thanks!


Hi Iris,

Yes, you can buy old HK photos here.

If you want prints for framing, you can browse the catalogue to see what we have, and order online. (And if you can't find what you want, please email me with a description. I have more photos which aren't in the catalogue yet.)

If you need digital copies for use in a project (eg book publishing, backdrops, marketing materials, etc), please email me with details so I can prepare a quote.

David email

Or if you are looking for something to give as a gift, this book might suit you.

It takes one week to get the prints back from the printer. Books & digital copies are available immediately. For airmail from HK to London allow 7-10 days.

Regards, David

Hi David - still getting blocked all the time trying to post in the batung section and it won't recognize my user name davo and password?

Davo - Batgung and Gwulo are different sites, so your gwulo profile and password wil not work there. You need to register on Batgung separately.

Cheers, Phil

Hi David, I notice the Edit button is missing from the newer posts.   Is it possible to do something about that?  Thanks a lot,    Belz

Hi Belz, one of the ways this site works is that you can only edit your comment until someone has replied to it. Once they've added their reply, the 'edit' option disappears from your comment. (Read more about it here).

Hopefully that answers your question, but if it doesn't please could you leave a reply with more information.

Regards, David

What I have done, David, in one of my answers is create 4 super highways straight into the protected website.  I am going to get hammered if I dont adjust it by just typing the names in.

That's all, but no big thing.  I did not realise the protection on that site was so easy to crack.  The internet is a frightening place.  

Looks like there is little I can do.   Thanks for your help.


Regards,  Belz

What can I say, David,  thank you so very much.  Looks so much better too.

I owe you one.      Belz

You're welcome,

Regards, David

I've  enjoyed your  website esp the   photos of  locations related to John Dent.

 I have photos of John and Lancelot Dent's monuments in  Crosby Ravensworth  church  which people might be interested to see.  SOrry don't  know  how to  upload to  your  site



I have just been recommended to your site by a distant relative who was researching the family history. It is an amazing resource. My father, Sydney Charles Collins is buried in Happy Valley. He was shot by bandits on Jan 1 1947 when [Admin: read the rest here...]

It's an interesting topic. I would like to know if I can have a jpg version of the 1933 proposed map as well as the map of Ice House in 19o4 for my Chinese Blog. I am now writting something regularly on the history of HK Streets and the buildings in the street. Thank you.

My e-mail: anthonylau99@yahoo.com.hk

Hi Anthony, I've sent you an email about the maps. I've also moved the comments about Forbes Street to their own Place. (Here are some tips on asking questions on gwulo.com.)

Regards, David

Anthony, everything on the 1933 redevelopment is here "http://gwulo.com/node/7432".

I find that using Google search with "site:gwulo.com" gives excellent results. 

Hello David

You will see where - under the same subject heading - I have entered the same message twice - sorry about that - I guess you can delete one (I tried !)

I am really leaving a message for the lady 'Leslie' who has placed this photo album - as you will read in the message I am one of those in the photo.  As you know her email, perhaps you can draw her attention to my message, as it seems she placed this album some time ago and may not notice. It would be nice to make the connection after all these years.

Thank you,



Hi Suzie,

I've deleted the extra comment.

Unfortunately 'bisquitzoe' isn't a user on this website, so I don't know her email address. It looks as though you should be able to send her a message via this page: http://community.webshots.com/user/bisquitzoe/messages (scroll down to the bottom, where it says to login to leave a message).

You mentioned you had several relatives interned at Stanley Camp. You might be interested to see this project, which is serialising a couple of diaries from Stanley Camp internees.

Regards, David

Hi, I can't find my comment and request - on the Forum placed yesterday Aug 11

Not sure how to navigate the website.  Help!

Here's your comment:


(I'm on vacation, but will take a look at it in more detail when back to HK next week)

Here's a useful link to bookmark. It shows any updates to pages / comments you've created:


Regards, David


As I drift into the infinite I find this technology gets ever more confusing. Having just found this spot  and finding so many wonderful things for me to look at, I am bewhildered and I think it is going to take me a while to find my way around, so my progress is going to be slow.

My excitement emanates from the two years of my childhood that I spent in Hong Kong in 1936 and 7. Dad was a sergeant major in the Royal Artillery, stationed at Lei Yue Mun. (According to the Google map the camp seems to be in the middle of the sea??) On a return visit in 2009 I could only wonder at the sight of the camp which remained in every particular exactly as I left it when, as a ten year old, my family sailed away on the Dilwara in December 1937. Happily it is now the home of a residential activity centre for young people. What a better world this would be, if tomorrow I should wake up to find all military bases so employed.

I have photographs and a story or two, THE typhoon certainly stays in my memory. When, if, I find my way around I hope to come back to you.

Tony Moy

Hi Tony,

If you haven't seen them already, James McAndrew's photos will be interesting for you, as he was in the Royal Artillery, and here at the same time you were:


I look forward to hearing your stories, and seeing your photos.

Regards, David

Dear David,

I am submitting a manuscript to Visual Anthropology for publication consideration and the manuscript is entitled, "Hollywood’s Hong Kong: Cold War Imagery and Urban Transformation in Edward Dmytryk’s Soldier of Fortune (1955)", in which I would like to use some of the photos of the film on display in Gwulo webpage for illustrations. The submission is purely academic and non-lucrative. I wonder if it is possible to have the copyright clearance for these photos. Appreciated if you could advise.




Hi Thomas,

The answer depends on who owns the photos. Please see http://gwulo.com/node/9959 for details.

Regards, David

Hi David, I am looking for some photos of Tsang Tai Uk in Hong kong for the period of 1950/60s or before. I saw someone posted a photo of this, And I want to get more , can you help me with this? Thanks. Mr. Tsang

Hi Mr Tsang,

I see you've already posted a comment at http://gwulo.com/node/16001#comment-26609, so hopefully you'll hear from Harry shortly. If not, please see option #3 at http://gwulo.com/node/9959 for details of how to contact him.

We'd also enjoy any other photos you can show us of that area. Here's how to upload a photo to the website: http://gwulo.com/node/2076

Regards, David

Hi David

I tried to link all three photos together in the one "image" with one text to cover all three.  But I could not download more than one photo and had to do each one separately.  Though I thought I saw other places where there are 3-4 images within the one posting?  Is it possible to do this?

Also - to be able to upload the photos I HAD to put a place - and I put Pok Lu Fam - even though I'm not sure it IS the place - and I am querying if anyone recognises where it is? - which it is why it would be good to have all three photos in the one image so the hills behind can be seen altogther. 

Kind regards,


Hi Suziepie,

Thanks for uploading the photos. I've changed the older post about the Riding School to a Place, and linked the photos to it. Please see: http://gwulo.com/node/10752. We can add its location once we find out where it was.

Once you've uploaded photos you can insert as many of them as you want into a piece of text, eg into a comment. Here's how: http://gwulo.com/node/1929.

When you upload a photo, the Places are optional, so you can leave them blank and the photo will still upload ok. BUT, if you type any text into the "Places shown in the photo:" box, it must be the title of an existing Place. Here's the best way to add a Place to a photo: http://gwulo.com/node/5242.

Regards, David

Thank you David for fixing the place for the Horse Riding photos. I see Moddsey has suggested another possibility.

Regarding the photo of my parents wedding.  Is is possible to lift or move the small photo in the corner that is covering the head of a groomsman?  I would like to know if anyone recognizes the groomsmen. I have an idea who they are  but I'm not sure.

Also I put a brief description of the place - Rosary church Kowloon - because I did not see that it had already been entered. Thanks.

Kind regards, Suziepie

Hi Suziepie,

The small photo is part of the viewer. A couple of workarounds:

  • Add a white border to the left of the photo before uploading, or
  • Upload a higher-resolution copy of the photo, so when a person sees it and zooms in, the person moves out from under the small photo
The zoom viewer looks to have a problem, showing photos smaller than they should be. I'll take a closer look when I'm back to Hong Kong in a couple of weeks. If it's not quick to fix, I'll come back to it after the site upgrade.

I've linked the wedding photo back to the original page for the church, http://gwulo.com/node/6654.

Regards, David

Hi David

I did as you suggested and re-scanned the wedding photo leaving a 1 inch margin on the left and top and inserted this photo.  BUT its seems to have made no difference. The site has not taken any notice of the white margin on the left and the minature photo is plopped again on top of the groomsman's head.

I notice that Phil recently uploaded a photo of a wedding in 1936 - and that has NO minature photo in the corner at all (even though it would not cover anything crucial if it did).  Is it possible for me NOT to have this minature in the corner?  And why is it there anyway? 

And yes, you are right - the magnification does not seem to work well.

Kind regards, Suzanne

Hi Suzanne,

The box in the corner is for navigating around large images. eg if you look at http://gwulo.com/node/18982 and zoom in, you'll see a blue rectangle in the box shows you which section of the larger image you are looking at. You can drag the blue rectangle around with your mouse to quickly view other sections of the image.

If the uploaded image is smaller than the width of the column (510 pixels), no zooming is required, and the box is not displayed. That's why there isn't a box shown on the 1936 wedding photo. But in general I recommend uploading a larger copy so we can zoom in to see the details.

Regards, David


I happened to visit your site on the article of the Kwok Chan compound.  The comments were written by one of his sons.  I didn't recall what his name was.  

I had visited that beautiful Chinese home when I was about 10 years old.  One of Kwok Chan's sons was my classmate in Wah Yan College HK and I was living in Caine Road at the time.  That was a life time away!  I still remember that he came to pick me up in his chauffer driven car (license plate 11) and we played in that mansion for the afternoon.

A couple of years later, he was sent to a boarding school in England and we have lost contact ever since.

The writer struck me as the old friend I used to know.  He didn't disclose his name in his comments.  My old friend was Kwok Wai Chuen (my Cantonese translation).



Dear Gerald,

I've added your comment to that page (http://gwulo.com/node/8400), and sent a message to Mr Kwok letting him know it's there.

Regards, David

Hello to David,

I stumbled onto this site t'other day as a result of a Goodle search for information/data regarding my family in HK prior to and after WWII.  Although the search identified some of the family: two of my aunts, my father and one brother, the 'additional' information that was reflected about them was not entirely correct and would need to be corrected.

Would you be so kind to inform me about the process to make corrections and add further information about the Ablong family.

Hi Anthony,

I suggest you leave a comment on each page, describing any mistakes and adding any extra information you'd like to share. The original author of those pages, Brian, is travelling away from home for a few weeks, but I'm sure will be pleased to make any corrections.

Thanks for writing in. It will be good to read your additional information.

Regards, David

I lived on the 4/F at 168 Henessy road, Wanchai, HK from 1049 to 1959.

The building was a 4 storey and to the east side of the Sothern Playground

Would like to have some photos of that building.


Would lke to know any people living around there during the same period etc

Dear David, 

I would like to buy a photo posted by yourself.  However, we want a digital version one instead of a physical photo, can you please let me know how can I do that? 



Dear Mo,

Thank you for your inquiry. I've sent details to your email address.

Regards, David

Hi David

You will see I have tried to put on to the site the few entries from my Dad's little pocket Diary in which he made some entries during his time imprisoned in Stanley Camp.  As the entries do not total much I did not think it worthwhile to put separate entries for each date (as I see others have done).  But if you would prefer I did that then let me know.

In the diary there are also about four pages itemizing his bartering for various things eg: cigs, peanuts, parrots. If it would be of interest I could type these out, or would you prefer I scanned the pages and uploaded the scan? Though it is in pencil and may not be very clear.

Kind regards to you and Grace



Hi Suziepie,

Sorry, I didn't see this before I wrote on the diary page. "Yes please" to individual pages, so they can add extra variety to the daily emails.

The bartering will be of interest too. Was he really bartering parrots while in Stanley? Intriguing! If the pages are not easy to read, it would be best to type them out.

Thanks very much for sharing this, and best regards,



The pagoda comparison at 11.12 hrs is the correct one. The previous one can be deleted because it has a spelling error.

Could you also insert it into the topic thread please.

Oh for some warm weather!

Hi Dave,

I've deleted the duplicate.

To insert the picture in your comments please see the notes at:


Regards, David


in 1975 i was     a recruit inspector at pts.   George Button was Chief pti. I'd like to contact him




dan docherty

I've forwarded your message to George.

Regards, David

Dear David,

there is a problem to get a copy of a specific article from the China Mail (August 1888) about first examination at HKCM.

G. H. Choa wrote in his book "The Life and Times of Sir Kai Ho Kai" (The Chinese University Press; ISBN 962 201 873 4) on page 67:

The occasion of the first professional examination held on 6 August 1888 was considered so important and significant that an editorial appeared in the local English newspaper, the China Mail. The editor wrote: ( .... )

The examinations began on Monday, August 6, 1888 and ended on Friday, August 10, 1888. I have from here, no access to the archive of China Mail. One would have to know what day - following the last examination day Friday - this editorial was published. This editorial is of central importance.

Some time ago it was easier to get access to archives on the Internet.



Hi Dieter,

I've written some notes on this at:


Please see if they can help.

Regards, David

Dear David,

a big thank you! I never would guess this top secret "1888-08-13". Now I found everything I hat expected.

What can I do for you? Don't hesitate to ask me.



Thanks Dieter, glad to hear it worked.

If you find any interesting facts or photos about old Hong Kong and can post them on Gwulo, that'll be a big help.

Regards, David

Please help

I changed my email from tomeager@comcast.net to thomaseager36@gmail.com.

I have attempted to change it with no results in Gwulo edit mode, I am still getting email for tomeager@comcast.net.

Thanks for your assistance


Thomas Eager 

Hi Thomas,

The newsletters are sent from a different system, which stores the email addresses separately. I'll delete the subscriptions for your old address, then add in your new address.

You'll receive an email from "Feedburner" for each new subscription. Please click the link in the email to enable the subscription.

Regards, David