c.1925 Central Praya

This week's view is from an old postcard titled "Central Praya".

c.1925 Central Praya

Where: We're looking west along the old seafront, or "Praya". It's today's Connaught Road. There's a patch of open land in the foreground on the left, part of Statue Square. That puts the photographer and his camera up on the balcony of the Hong Kong Club building.

The first building we see is Queen's Building [1]. It's also the oldest building in the photo, completed in 1899:

Queen's Building

If we walk on along Connaught Road we'll pass several buildings, then after crossing Pedder Street we'll reach

BAAG names and code-numbers

Elizabeth Ride has kindly sent a list of additional British Army Aid Group (BAAG) numbers, and the people they refer to.

In most cases these people were BAAG agents, working for the British in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation. They were referred to in written messages by number rather than name, for added security in case the message was intercepted by the Japanese. eg it was safer to send a message by runner that "62 was going to be in Shum Chun on Thursday" than include 62's name.

c.1901 Queen's Road East

c.1901 Queen's Road East

What: The two banners are very eye-catching:

1950s Central

1950s Central

Where: There's a street sign on the left:

Gwulo in 2015

It's time for a quick review of last year, and a look forward to the plans for 2015.


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