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

Early photos of Hong Kong people

Thank you to Martyn Gregory for sharing these old photos of Hong Kong people with us. They date from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

You can click on any photo to visit its page. There you can zoom in to see more detail, read any notes about the photo, and add a comment if you can tell us anything about the photo.


The first set shows posed scenes of Chinese life. I doubt if the tourists who bought these photos ever saw the scenes in real life, but no doubt they were a good source of stories when they got back home again.

c.1928 Houses on a hill

c.1928 Houses on a hill

Where: Any ideas? There's a sign where the path splits left and right, but it is too far away to read. And though I don't recognise the location this is

A visit to Aladdin's Cave

Here are a few gems from a recent visit to Roy Delbyck's collection of ephemera.

Guide-books

1957 Map of Central

Originally meant to be used and thrown away, these old tourist guides are now a valuable snapshot of old Hong Kong. Roy's 1957 copy of Hong Kong Guide includes this indexed map of the buildings in Central, always handy when we're trying to identify buildings in old photos.

Press photos

In the stoke-hole of H.M.S. Terrible. Hong Kong, China. 1902.

In the stoke-hole of H.M.S. Terrible. Hong Kong, China. 1902.

Where: As the title says, we're inside the "stoke-hole"* in the Royal Navy's HMS Terrible, a Powerful class of protected cruiser [1]. The men are feeding coal to the fire that heats the boilers, generating the steam that powered the ship's engines. (* - This photo describes it as a "stoke-hole", but the Navy book quoted below calls it a "stokehold".)

When: The copyright date on the photo is 1902.

A book about the ship, The commission of H.M.S. "Terrible," 1898-1902 [2], says the Terrible first arrived in Hong Kong on

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