August 1945: The end is in sight

Seventy years ago, our wartime diarists knew the end of the war was in sight. Would they live to see it?

The good news

They had two good reasons to believe the end of the war was coming. First there was

1954 Summer holidays - arriving home on BOAC

Children arriving at Kai Tak on BOAC, July 1954

Thanks to Ron Rakusen for sending this photo. He writes:

I started at Boarding School in the UK in April 1952 and next saw my parents in HK when I flew there for the summer holidays in 1954. 

It being my first time, I did not know what was involved but soon

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


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