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:

Central-HSBC

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.

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

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.

FeiNgoShan view 1964

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.

HoManTin-Before

HoManTin Hill-View From Kadoorie Avenue

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.)


Lion Rock

Jubilee Reservoir

On Lan Street Central-Looking towards Zetland Street

On Lan Street Central

Harbour

Kowloon Tong 1965

Bank of China

Central-HSBC

View of Kowloon City

View Across Kowloon from Kadoorie Ave

Resettlement Housing

Kwun Tong?

Star Ferry - USN Carrier 1966

Hong Kong Harbour 1964

Cemetary-Kowloon

FeiNgoShan view 1964

Sai Kung Peninsular

New Territories-Amah Rock

Shatin Valley

Tao Fung Shan Christian Centre

Sai Kung?

TaiLamChung

Tao Fung Shan Christian Centre

The Border 1961

Lantau Island

Murray Building near Peak Tram

HoManTin-Before

HoManTin-After

CityHall & Mandarin Hotel

Kwun Tong Resettlement

Taikoo Docks

Sek Kong

WongTaiSin

KaiTak Runway

Fishing Boat

SanPoKong

Hillside Grave

Law Courts?

DBS Sports Field-Stonecutters Beyond

DBS School

Kowloon City&KaiTak

View towards Hebe Haven

Bun Festival

Xmas Lights-HSBC

Nathan road Xmas Lights

USS Coral Sea in Hong Kong

SCAA stadium

Local Biker

Macau Hydrofoil

Junk-Causeway Bay Shelter

Shatin Pagoda

ShingMunRedoubt

Family gathering-LokMaChau

SaiKung

Resettlement Housing

Cheung Chau-Festival

Bun Festival

Argyle Street

Typhoon Shelter

Taikoo Dock

Boat People-Medical centre

Fishing Fleet

Cheung Chau-Festival

Harbour

Coral Sea

Onboard Coral Sea

More Buns

Roof of Ocean Terminal

P&O Chusan

View Towards Stonecutters

Dusk-Looking towards DBS school

View Beyond DBS School

Sunset At The Border

Fountain Roundabout KCR

Tiger Balm Gardens

Tiger Balm Gardens

Shatin

Iron Gate...KamTin

Royal Boat at KaiTak

Waterloo road..Kowloon Tong

Chinese NewYear 1971

Central at Night

Waterloo road..Kowloon Tong

Inside La Salle Road Flat

Hotel In Macau

Macau..Portuguese Style Hotel

Prince Philip visits HK

Prince Philip at Kai Tak

Castle Walls KamTin

View From Peak Station

Peak Tram

Rickshaw Pullers

Repulse Bay Hotel

Market Place

Lion Rock from the Sea

LaSalle Road

Flat at La Salle Road

Living in Kowloon Tong

View of 27LaSalle Road

Having a Splash

Landslide..Kowloon Tong

Typhoon Damage

Typhoon Mary damage

Typhoon Damage

Local Cowboy

Governor's House..Macau

Lovely Macau

HKSB Advert

Water Front...Macau

Church...Macau

Sun Yat Sen Statue...Macau

Esplanade...Macau

National Chinese Flags..Macau

Approaching Macau

Looking into China-The Border

KamTin

Countryside....NT

Pottinger Street

Old Cannons..TungChunFort Lantau

Junk Building

Pokfulam Reservoir

Tai Pak Restaurant...Aberdeen

Castle Peak Hotel

Temple 10,000 Buddhas

Boat Painting

Lok Ma Chau

The Border Road

South China Sea

Castle Peak Way

KaiTak...Towards Lion Rock

Boy Scout

Junk off the Coast

Sharp Island

Taikoo Dockyard

Kowloon Tong..Waiting for the Bus

NT..Tree in Colour

Sharp Island?

Park

Ride on Star Ferry

Repulse Bay 1960s

MongKok Lights

Causeway Bay 1960s

KiaTak

Village Life

Junk in the Harbour

Luk Yuen Hotel...NT

Dragon Inn....NT

Hakka Woman...LokMaChau

4th Kowloon Cub Pack

Clearwater Bay Area?

Is This Hebe Haven?

North Point

Beach

Stanley

Clearwater Bay Area?

Clearwater Bay Road

Stanley beach

Waterloo road

Funeral ..Kowloon Tong

Paddy Fields

Clearwater Bay View

Small Pagoda...Peak Area

Peak Living

Kai Tak Departure

La Salle Road

The Garden at La Salle Road

Jubilee Resevoir

Onboard CPA DC6

Enroute to Japan

Family Swim

Miramar Restaurant Kai Tak

Beach

TaoFungShan...Shatin

TaoFungShan

The Monastry at Shatin

Shop Opening...Waterloo Road

Swimming pool !

Waterloo Road

Swimming at Castle Peak

Ambassador Hotel

Aerial View Kai Tak

Lufthansa 707

Ambassador Hotel Advert

Royal Air Laos DC6

Victoria Harbour

View Over Victoria

The Peninsula Hotel

Sampans

City Hall

Hilton By Night

Street Scene

HSBC Xmas Lights

Eastern Hong Kong

Happy Valley

KCR Clock Tower

Stanley Village

Junk At Sunset

Tiger Balm Gardens

Pagoda

Red Pagoda

Shatin Floating Restaurant

Village Life

Macau...SunYat Sen House

Macau

KaiTak from Kowloon Peak 1964

KaiTak Apron 1964

Central

Looking over HK Air Copter KaiTak

Kowloon Tong 1965

View Towards KaiTak

WongTaiSin

End of Clearwater Bay Road

Walking at Clearwater Bay

Sunset

Fountain at Night

Jordan Road Lights

Lok Ma Chau

View Towards Argyle Street

HoManTin Hill-View From Kadoorie Avenue

HK WaterTours

HoManTin Hill-View From Kadoorie Avenue

Argyle Street-CLP building

Mandarin Hotel

"Model Village" in Kowloon Tong (模範村)

Ambassador Hotel 1968

Tsim-Sha-Tsui Bristol Avenue

Nathan Road 1968

Tsim-Sha-Tsui Peking Road

Star Ferry-Kowloon

KCR Clock Tower-Star Ferry

Sampan-Victoria harbour

Shek Kong Airstrip

Nairn House-China Light&Power

Cathay Convair880 KaiTak

Overlooking Kowloon

Kowloon Canton Railway Terminal 1969

Sai Kung

View towards Hebe Haven

Rickshaw-Kowloon

Island View from Kadoorie Avenue

Kowloon Tong-View to Boundary Street

Star Ferry-Hong Kong Hotel

View across Kowloon to Island

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

View towards Kowloon Tong

Lau Fau Shan Police Station

Nathan road Lights

HK at Night

Night View

Night View towards Kaitak

Night View towards Harbour

New Year 1970

ShuiHing Store

Sha Ha...Near SaiKung

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Comments

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.

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 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.

 

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

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.

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 !

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/ 

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!!

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

Mike

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.

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

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 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 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.

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