Hong Kong 1960s & 70s : Mike Cussans' photos

Thanks to Mike Cussans for uploading over 100 of his photos of Hong Kong in the 1960s and 70s:

Over to Mike...


Growing up in Hong Kong

I was born in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong in 1949. My Dad was flying for Imperial Airways / BOAC on flying boats, and was based in Hong Kong. We lived in Stewart Terrace on the Peak.

We returned to England shortly after that, but my Dad was sent back to Hong Kong again in 1956 when Hong Kong Airways took delivery of 2 Viscount aircraft. We lived at La Salle road, a fantastic place with a huge garden, but sadly it is now a block of flats.

After HKG Airways folded into CPA 1959 my Dad took a position with Jardines Airways Dept. At the time I was at Kowloon Junior School, but was soon packed off to boarding school, probably not the best decision with hindsight! After LaSalle we moved to Cambridge Rd where we had a flat, but by the time my Dad was Manger of HATS (Hong Kong Air Terminal Services) and eventually Jardines Air cargo, we had been moved to St. George's Court... very nice too.

View from St George's Court, looking down Kadoorie Ave.View from St George's Court, looking down Kadoorie Ave.

My Mother worked at the old Sea Terminal and eventually was PA to Eric Wood, CEO of the Ocean Terminal, a wonderful place to shop and wander round. Mum knew all the shop owners and retail outlets, and as a former ATS Captain, she had day to day control it seemed. So getting a table a Maxim's for lunch was no problem, or announcing that her son wanted to buy a Rolex in a jewellery shop - 43 years later its still on my wrist ...it cost me a month's salary £65, not bad!

By that time I had left school and was working at Kai Tak as a Traffic clerk, before becoming a Load Controller / Flight Dispatcher....a wonderful time but as a local employee it couldn't last when my parents retired in 1971.

My time was spent playing cricket and football, for both Jardines and KCC and popping into the USRC for a swim. Great memories of playing in the Hong trophy matches at Chater Rd and Jock's Pot Boxing Day football v Swire's, and all the wonderful characters & players I met at the KCC.

I grew up in Hong Kong during the 60s and will always have marvellous memories of the place... the food, buying my records in Diamond Music, learning to drive on Shatin Airstrip, and Lowenbrau at King's Lodge!

I returned to UK and worked for BOAC/British Airways as an aircraft Dispatcher for 37 years before retiring 2009.

The photos

Most of the photos in the early 60s were taken by Dad, as I was still young. The later ones in 60s & 70s I took as I was wandering around. The photos in the early 70s I took as I knew I was leaving Hong Kong soon and I wanted a few memories. Subsequent photos taken 1978 were done when I returned to Hong Kong leading a British Airways cricket club team to play various matches.

Views

A drive up Fei Ngo Shan was a popular viewing place to look towards Sha Tin & Kai Tak, and Sai Kung & Tai Mo Shan were the preferred picnic / bbq locations.

View south from Fei Ngo ShanView south from Fei Ngo Shan

Kowloon Tong in those days was a lovely peaceful area to live in just wish I had taken more photos!

The views towards Kowloon Tong, DBS school, and Ho Man Tin were all taken from St. George's Court, Kadoorie Ave. My bedroom looked out across to DBS, whilst the balcony gave views towards the harbour one way and Ma Tau Kok, Kai Tak the other, Ho Man Tin in front.

View towards Ho Man Tin - beforeView towards Ho Man Tin - before

View towards Ho Man Tin - afterView towards Ho Man Tin - after

More to come?

My skills with a computer / scanner are getting better but it's a steep learning curve. So far I've just done slides now I want to see if I can dig out old photographs and upload them....so there may be more to come.

Thanks for all the help and feedback that I have had from the Gwulo folks.

Best wishes, Mike


(You can click any of the photos below to see other readers' comments, and / or leave your own.)

Cheung Chau-Festival
Cheung Chau-Festival
Jubilee Reservoir
Jubilee Reservoir
Kwun Tong Resettlement
Kwun Tong Resettlement
Waterloo road..Kowloon Tong
Waterloo road..Kowloon Tong
HoManTin-Before
HoManTin-Before
View Down Argyle Street
View Down Argyle Street
The Border 1961
The Border 1961
HoManTin-Years Later
HoManTin-Years Later
SaiKung
SaiKung
Sai Kung?
Sai Kung?
Shatin Pagoda
Shatin Pagoda
Shatin Valley
Shatin Valley
Macau Hydrofoil
Macau Hydrofoil
FeiNgoShan view 1964
FeiNgoShan view 1964
Jardine's Boat
Jardine's Boat
USS Coral Sea in Hong Kong
USS Coral Sea in Hong Kong
Lion Rock
Lion Rock
View Towards Stonecutters
View Towards Stonecutters
Hong Kong Harbour 1964
Hong Kong Harbour 1964
Hong Kong Xmas 1970
Hong Kong Xmas 1970
Bun Festival
Bun Festival
Inside La Salle Road Flat
Inside La Salle Road Flat
More Buns
More Buns
Kwun Tong?
Kwun Tong?
View From The Peak
View From The Peak
DBS School
DBS School
Harbour
Harbour
View Across Kowloon from Kadoorie Ave
View Across Kowloon from Kadoorie Ave
Law Courts?
Law Courts?
Tiger Balm Gardens
Tiger Balm Gardens
Boat People-Medical centre
Boat People-Medical centre
Bank of China
Bank of China
Fishing Boat
Fishing Boat
Argyle Street
Argyle Street
On Lan Street Central
On Lan Street Central
Sek Kong
Sek Kong
Tiger Balm Gardens
Tiger Balm Gardens
CityHall & Mandarin Hotel
CityHall & Mandarin Hotel
Macau..Portuguese Style Hotel
Macau..Portuguese Style Hotel
Murray Building near Peak Tram
Murray Building near Peak Tram
Resettlement Housing
Resettlement Housing
Tao Fung Shan Christian Centre
Tao Fung Shan Christian Centre
Family gathering-LokMaChau
Family gathering-LokMaChau
Royal Boat at KaiTak
Royal Boat at KaiTak
Tao Fung Shan Christian Centre
Tao Fung Shan Christian Centre
Junk-Causeway Bay Shelter
Junk-Causeway Bay Shelter
New Territories-Amah Rock
New Territories-Amah Rock
Local Biker
Local Biker
Cemetary-Kowloon
Cemetary-Kowloon
Hong Kong by Night
Hong Kong by Night
Sunset At The Border
Sunset At The Border
Nathan road Xmas Lights
Nathan road Xmas Lights
Iron Gate...KamTin
Iron Gate...KamTin
P&O Chusan
P&O Chusan
View towards KaiTak
View towards KaiTak
View towards Hebe Haven
View towards Hebe Haven
Onboard Coral Sea
Onboard Coral Sea
View of DBS school
View of DBS school
DBS Sports Field-Stonecutters Beyond
DBS Sports Field-Stonecutters Beyond
Cheung Chau-Festival
Cheung Chau-Festival
View of Kowloon City
View of Kowloon City
Hillside Grave
Hillside Grave
Taikoo Dock
Taikoo Dock
Kowloon Tong 1965
Kowloon Tong 1965
KaiTak Runway
KaiTak Runway
Bun Festival
Bun Festival
On Lan Street Central-Looking towards Zetland Street
On Lan Street Central-Looking towards Zetland Street
Taikoo Docks
Taikoo Docks
HoManTin-After
HoManTin-After
Central at Night
Central at Night
Fountain Roundabout KCR
Fountain Roundabout KCR
Hotel In Macau
Hotel In Macau
Lantau Island
Lantau Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
TaiLamChung
TaiLamChung
ShingMunRedoubt
ShingMunRedoubt
Chinese NewYear 1971
Chinese NewYear 1971
View Beyond DBS School
View Beyond DBS School
Sai Kung Peninsular
Sai Kung Peninsular
SCAA stadium
SCAA stadium
Dusk-Looking towards DBS school
Dusk-Looking towards DBS school
Chinese NewYear 1971
Chinese NewYear 1971
Xmas Lights-HSBC
Xmas Lights-HSBC
Roof of Ocean Terminal
Roof of Ocean Terminal
Star Ferry - USN Carrier 1966
Star Ferry - USN Carrier 1966
Looking over Central
Looking over Central
Kowloon City&KaiTak
Kowloon City&KaiTak
Coral Sea
Coral Sea
Resettlement Housing
Resettlement Housing
Nathan Road 1970
Nathan Road 1970
Shek Kong Airstrip
Shek Kong Airstrip
Shatin
Shatin
Fishing Fleet
Fishing Fleet
Central-HSBC
Central-HSBC
Waterloo road..Kowloon Tong
Waterloo road..Kowloon Tong
SanPoKong
SanPoKong
Typhoon Shelter
Typhoon Shelter
Harbour
Harbour
WongTaiSin
WongTaiSin
Prince Philip visits HK
Prince Philip visits HK
Prince Philip at Kai Tak
Prince Philip at Kai Tak
Living in Kowloon Tong
Living in Kowloon Tong
Repulse Bay Hotel
Repulse Bay Hotel
Peak Tram
Peak Tram
Flat at La Salle Road
Flat at La Salle Road
Lion Rock from the Sea
Lion Rock from the Sea
Rickshaw Pullers
Rickshaw Pullers
View From Peak Station
View From Peak Station
Castle Walls KamTin
Castle Walls KamTin
View of 27LaSalle Road
View of 27LaSalle Road
LaSalle Road
LaSalle Road
Market Place
Market Place
Governor's House..Macau
Governor's House..Macau
Typhoon Damage
Typhoon Damage
Typhoon Mary damage
Typhoon Mary damage
Landslide..Kowloon Tong
Landslide..Kowloon Tong
Lovely Macau
Lovely Macau
Local Cowboy
Local Cowboy
Typhoon Damage
Typhoon Damage
Having a Splash
Having a Splash
HKSB Advert
HKSB Advert
Esplanade...Macau
Esplanade...Macau
Sun Yat Sen Statue...Macau
Sun Yat Sen Statue...Macau
Approaching Macau
Approaching Macau
Church...Macau
Church...Macau
National Chinese Flags..Macau
National Chinese Flags..Macau
Water Front...Macau
Water Front...Macau
Sharp Island
Sharp Island
Pottinger Street
Pottinger Street
Countryside....NT
Countryside....NT
KaiTak...Towards Lion Rock
KaiTak...Towards Lion Rock
The Border Road
The Border Road
South China Sea
South China Sea
Lok Ma Chau
Lok Ma Chau
Boat Painting
Boat Painting
Sharp Island?
Sharp Island?
Pokfulam Reservoir
Pokfulam Reservoir
Taikoo Dockyard
Taikoo Dockyard
Junk off the Coast
Junk off the Coast
KamTin
KamTin
Park
Park
Temple 10,000 Buddhas
Temple 10,000 Buddhas
Castle Peak Hotel
Castle Peak Hotel
NT..Tree in Colour
NT..Tree in Colour
Junk Building
Junk Building
Looking into China-The Border
Looking into China-The Border
Boy Scout
Boy Scout
Castle Peak Way
Castle Peak Way
Tai Pak Restaurant...Aberdeen
Tai Pak Restaurant...Aberdeen
Kowloon Tong..Waiting for the Bus
Kowloon Tong..Waiting for the Bus
Old Cannons..TungChunFort Lantau
Old Cannons..TungChunFort Lantau
Clearwater Bay Area?
Clearwater Bay Area?
Causeway Bay 1960s
Causeway Bay 1960s
Stanley beach
Stanley beach
Stanley
Stanley
Beach
Beach
Junk in the Harbour
Junk in the Harbour
Village Life
Village Life
Is This Hebe Haven?
Is This Hebe Haven?
MongKok Lights
MongKok Lights
4th Kowloon Cub Pack
4th Kowloon Cub Pack
Clearwater Bay Road
Clearwater Bay Road
Dragon Inn....NT
Dragon Inn....NT
North Point
North Point
KiaTak
KiaTak
Ride on Star Ferry
Ride on Star Ferry
Repulse Bay 1960s
Repulse Bay 1960s
Waterloo road
Waterloo road
Clearwater Bay Area?
Clearwater Bay Area?
Hakka Woman...LokMaChau
Hakka Woman...LokMaChau
Luk Yuen Hotel...NT
Luk Yuen Hotel...NT
Jubilee Resevoir
Jubilee Resevoir
Paddy Fields
Paddy Fields
Peak Living
Peak Living
Family Swim
Family Swim
Enroute to Japan
Enroute to Japan
The Garden at La Salle Road
The Garden at La Salle Road
La Salle Road
La Salle Road
Clearwater Bay View
Clearwater Bay View
Kai Tak Departure
Kai Tak Departure
Onboard CPA DC6
Onboard CPA DC6
Miramar Restaurant Kai Tak
Miramar Restaurant Kai Tak
Funeral ..Kowloon Tong
Funeral ..Kowloon Tong
Small Pagoda...Peak Area
Small Pagoda...Peak Area
The Monastry at Shatin
The Monastry at Shatin
TaoFungShan
TaoFungShan
Shop Opening...Waterloo Road
Shop Opening...Waterloo Road
TaoFungShan...Shatin
TaoFungShan...Shatin
Beach
Beach
Ambassador Hotel
Ambassador Hotel
Waterloo Road
Waterloo Road
Swimming pool !
Swimming pool !
Ambassador Hotel Advert
Ambassador Hotel Advert
Aerial View Kai Tak
Aerial View Kai Tak
Royal Air Laos DC6
Royal Air Laos DC6
Lufthansa 707
Lufthansa 707
Swimming at Castle Peak
Swimming at Castle Peak
Junk At Sunset
Junk At Sunset
KCR Clock Tower
KCR Clock Tower
Eastern Hong Kong
Eastern Hong Kong
Hilton By Night
Hilton By Night
The Peninsula Hotel
The Peninsula Hotel
Macau
Macau
Stanley Village
Stanley Village
Happy Valley
Happy Valley
HSBC Xmas Lights
HSBC Xmas Lights
City Hall
City Hall
View Over Victoria
View Over Victoria
Macau...SunYat Sen House
Macau...SunYat Sen House
Red Pagoda
Red Pagoda
Tiger Balm Gardens
Tiger Balm Gardens
Street Scene
Street Scene
Sampans
Sampans
Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour
Village Life
Village Life
Shatin Floating Restaurant
Shatin Floating Restaurant
Pagoda
Pagoda
KaiTak from Kowloon Peak 1964
KaiTak from Kowloon Peak 1964
KaiTak Apron 1964
KaiTak Apron 1964
Central
Central
Looking over HK Air Copter KaiTak
Looking over HK Air Copter KaiTak
WongTaiSin
WongTaiSin
View Towards KaiTak
View Towards KaiTak
Kowloon Tong 1965
Kowloon Tong 1965
Fountain at Night
Fountain at Night
Walking at Clearwater Bay
Walking at Clearwater Bay
Jordan Road Lights
Jordan Road Lights
Sunset
Sunset
End of Clearwater Bay Road
End of Clearwater Bay Road
HoManTin Hill-View From Kadoorie Avenue
HoManTin Hill-View From Kadoorie Avenue
View Towards Argyle Street
View Towards Argyle Street
HoManTin Hill-View From Kadoorie Avenue
HoManTin Hill-View From Kadoorie Avenue
Lok Ma Chau
Lok Ma Chau
HK WaterTours
HK WaterTours
Argyle Street-CLP building
Argyle Street-CLP building
Mandarin Hotel
Mandarin Hotel
Overlooking Kowloon
Overlooking Kowloon
Star Ferry-Kowloon
Star Ferry-Kowloon
Tsim-Sha-Tsui Bristol Avenue
Tsim-Sha-Tsui  Bristol Avenue
Shek Kong Airstrip
Shek Kong Airstrip
Cathay Convair880 KaiTak
Cathay Convair880 KaiTak
Sampan-Victoria harbour
Sampan-Victoria harbour
Tsim-Sha-Tsui Peking Road
Tsim-Sha-Tsui  Peking Road
Ambassador Hotel 1968
Ambassador Hotel 1968
Nairn House-China Light&Power
Nairn House-China Light&Power
KCR Clock Tower-Star Ferry
KCR Clock Tower-Star Ferry
Nathan Road 1968
Nathan Road 1968
"Model Village" in Kowloon Tong (模範村)
"Model Village" in Kowloon Tong (模範村)
Night View
Night View
Kowloon Tong-View to Boundary Street
Kowloon Tong-View to Boundary Street
Rickshaw-Kowloon
Rickshaw-Kowloon
View towards Kowloon Tong
View towards Kowloon Tong
Nathan road Lights
Nathan road Lights
Kowloon Canton Railway Terminal 1969
Kowloon Canton Railway Terminal 1969
View across Kowloon to Island
View across Kowloon to Island
Night View towards Harbour
Night View towards Harbour
HK at Night
HK at Night
View towards Hebe Haven
View towards Hebe Haven
Kadoorie Ave...View down from St.George's Court
Kadoorie Ave...View down from St.George's Court
Lau Fau Shan Police Station
Lau Fau Shan Police Station
Night View towards Kaitak
Night View towards Kaitak
Star Ferry-Hong Kong Hotel
Star Ferry-Hong Kong Hotel
Island View from Kadoorie Avenue
Island View from Kadoorie Avenue
Sai Kung
Sai Kung
New Year 1970
New Year 1970
ShuiHing Store
ShuiHing Store
Hanoi Road Kowloon 1970
Hanoi Road Kowloon 1970
Bank of China
Bank of China
KaiTak 1970..Standing by BOAC707
KaiTak 1970..Standing by BOAC707
Ocean Park Show
Ocean Park Show
Ocean Park Show
Ocean Park Show
Ocean park
Ocean park
Ocean Park
Ocean Park
View From Kowloon Peak
View From Kowloon Peak
Sai Kung?
Sai Kung?
Sha Ha...Near SaiKung
Sha Ha...Near SaiKung
Housing Development
Housing Development
Sai Kung View?
Sai Kung View?
Bullocks Resting!
Bullocks Resting!
Harbour-Western End
Harbour-Western End
Aberdeen
Aberdeen
New Territories
New Territories
St.John's
St.John's

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Comments

Hong Kong in the 60's and 70's

Great photos Mike - thanks for sharing.  They bring back lots of memories.  I lived there during the 50's and 60's and have lots of photos as well, but yours are in great condition.  Like you I went to KJS and then Peak school and finally was sent to boarding school in the UK - life was different then!

By the way, I think the last photo was in Tai Po area - I remember a house like that which had ghost stories galore!  I still have all the articles relating to the visits by various ghosts and I think a book was written about it.

Thanks for the photos

Mike, thanks for the photo. Your photos do bring back alot of memories. Any photos of old Kai Tak, I suppose I could provide supplementary comments. Cheers!

Thanks for the great photos

Thanks for the great photos and memories,especially those of Kowloon Tong.  I grew up in Kowloon Tong in the 50's. We lived at 227 Prince Edward Road after the war, then moved to 5 La Salle Road.  the photos of the street taken fromKadoorie Ave is so familiar.  Our house on PE Road had a beautiful front and back garden.  The street was wide and many Macanese families lived in the neighborhood.  Went to Maryknoll Convent School, then worked for BOAC both in Hong Kong and London - guess we never met as your Hong Kong stay just missed mine,  Most British kids we knew went to KGV.  Thanks again.

 

Thanks!

An amazing collection of old photos of Hong Kong especially for the Ho Man Tin and Kowloon Tong areas.

More thanks!

More thanks from me too.  Wonderful photographs,  a bit after my husband's time in HK but so interesting nevertheless.  Sad to see how sky scrapers now obscure the lovely views though.

Regards,  Pauline.

Messages by email

Michael:

Wow! Some fantastic photos! It's amazing how much it has changed since then!

Ian:

Great stuff!

Richard:

This is absolutely brilliant ! Exactly my era !

Precious memories

Great photos, precious memories. Many thanks for sharing.

If you are on Facebook, there is a group with similar experience:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/HK60s/ 

Great collection and lots of memories

Thanks Mike for taking the time to scan and posting these photos of HK. I was born in HK in 1953. These photos bring back my memory of HK when I was a young man. Thank you so much!!

Old Photos

Anthony...thanks, glad you enjoyed the memories of such a wonderful place.

Mike

Hong Kong in the 1960/1970's

Many thanks Mike for taking the time and trouble to upload these photos. Fantastic. I also lived in Kowloon Tong - La Salle Road - during that period, a lasting memory being the jets coming in to land so close overhead. We soon recognised the distant sounds and learned to stop talking about about 20 seconds before the plane actually arrived above !  A neighbour was a Cathay training captain and I mentioned to him the noise of Cathay Pacific's early morning  training flights - predictably at 7.00am when the overnight noise restrictions were lifted. He invited me aboard an early morning traing flight - 'Stalls and Bumps' he called it. The 'stall' was acheived by slowing until the plane stalled - dropped like a stone for a few thousand feet, it seemed - before powering into a steep climb. The 'bump' was by a controlled 'touch down' berfore powering into another steep climb.  Repeated, again and again. The secret, he told me, was not to actually touch down because the resulting puff of blue smoke would trigger a 'landing charge' ! All this in a Convair 880 with just my neighbour, the trainee and a qualified standby pilot fast asleep in First Class.  I didn't complain about the early morning noise ever again.

Thanks again.

Harry.

1960/70 Photos

Harry....glad you enjoyed them.Could you recognise 27Lasalle road where we lived in the late 50/early60s?Hope to load a few more photos but for me its a winter job!

Mike

1960/70 Photos

Yes, Mike, I recognised No.27 having driven past it many times ! I have a feeling that a colleague moved into 27 probably some time after you left. Paid a nostalgic visit to HK and  La Salle Road in February this year over the CNY. Very few, if any, of the older buildings remain with the developers having taken  advantage of the relaxed height restrictions. By building over the garden, there are now three blocks shoe-horned into my old address at 51/53,  parking meters all along La Salle, recognised bus stops and  regular mini-bus route. Quieter in the air above, perhaps, but much busier than what we remember trafficwise. 

Best regards, Aye -

Harry.

Mike Great photos and thanks

Mike

Great photos and thanks for all the memories. Maybe we were at the Kowloon Junk Shop at the same time.

We moved to HK in 1958 from Perth in West Australia, travelling on the Blue Funnel Line "Gorgon" to Singapore and then on a Cathay DC4 to HK. Dad stayed in HK flying for Cathay until 1978 and during that time I went to KJS and KGV although I left in 2nd form to go to boarding school. Many wonderful times spent at the USRC (where I am still a member...although absent most of the time).

Worked in HK, Korea dn Japan for the past 35 years and now retired but never fail to feel a bit nostalgic when I see some old photos. There is one someone sent me of a start of the cross harbour swim...and there I am...my ears have never recovered!

My very best.

 

Geoff Walker

gkwaler1@me.com

Hi Geoff -Your Dad would

Hi Geoff -

Your Dad would most likely know the Cathay captain I referred to in my previous post - he was flying with Cathay about the same time - Ray Daw ? And his children - Warwick, Rodney and Bromwyn were at Kowloon Junior and KGV about the same time as you.

Lifetime membership of the USRC was money well-spent. I know ! You will no doubt remember Dion Matthews, with his pipe and carrying an ever-present half-pint of warm San Mig.

Harry.

27 La Salle Road

Hello Mike ,

 I was more than a bit shocked to recognize the photos of 27 La Salle Road. I lived there from 67 to 69.  I was told it was built by a man with both a wife and a mistress. It was a split unit with an upstairs and down. We lived in the upstairs unit. I recall it as being very large. I used run along the top of the wall that went to the gate . I cannot tell you how errie and yet delightful it was to see the pictures of it. Should this find it's way to you, I would dearly love to speak with you about the place at some point.  Gary           calypso164@gmail.com