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I bought a collection of photos recently, hoping they'd have lots of views of Hong Kong. Instead they're almost all photos of people, that really belong in a family album. I'd rather see them back with the family, so I'm hoping one of Gwulo's readers can help put them in touch.
We're looking for the family of this lady, Marie Shelley, formerly Marie Baglin:
The family were in Hong Kong from the 1930s til the 1960s at least, so I'm hoping someone will remember them. If you know the family, please could you ask them to get in touch? Or if you can add any detail about the photos below, please let us know in the comments below.
There are a few older photos, but the Hong Kong connection starts with this one:
The person we're interested in is the young lady top-right, as I believe she was Marie's mother. There isn't any date on the back of the photo, but there is a note:
The Beautiful mother &
Beautiful daughters of
the Baglin - Dubois family
Descendants from Louis Philippe King of FRANCE
Taken one Summers day in Sheffield.
We see her growing up, with photos like this (is it in Paris?):
The move to Hong Kong
This is the first photo that shows her in Hong Kong:
and luckily there's a date on the back:
|A remettre a Helene|
With all my love
Derriere son les H.K.
"Sports grounds" just en
face de chez moi.
With all my love
In the background are the H.K.
Sports Grounds, just opposite
where I'm living.
Where did she mean by the HK Sports Grounds? Could it have been somewhere in Happy Valley? And what was it that brought her out to Hong Kong?
No date for this photo, but I guess it was taken around 1939/40.
Marie has a Eurasian appearance, so this may have been her father:
Here's another photo of the same man.
Was it an earlier, wedding day photo?
The gateway in the background looks very distinctive. Does anyone recognise the building?
Post-war, and growing up
It's not clear if Marie and her mother stayed in Hong Kong throughout the Japanese occupation, but they were certainly here again soon after the war.
There are photos over a number of years that show this balcony and background:
Here's a close-up of the terrace in the background, with a smaller two-storey building in front of it:
Does anyone recognise where it was taken?
More photos on the balcony:
The last one has a pencil note "1948 Oct". I guess she is around 9 years old, and is learning ballet.
Next come a couple of photos taken a few years later in the early 1950s:
A birthday party perhaps?
Do you recognise any of the faces?
Growing up, and still enjoying dancing:
The last photo shows her with her husband, Tony Shelley, a policeman:
If you are one of Marie and Tony's children and you'd like to have the photos, please get in touch and I'll put them in the post to you.
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