2014-10 Winner of Heritage Preservation Award

Last night I was very happy to receive the Heritage Preservation Award, one of the SCMP's "The Spirit of Hong Kong Awards" for 2014.

c.1928.But where?

When: This photo comes from the same album as the previous photo I posted [1], which I'd dated to c.1928.

Where: Can you recognise it? I've left the location out of the title so it doesn't give the game away. There are several clues if we look at ...

Gwulo's upgrade starts on Monday

I've got one more old photo to post, then next Monday (15th September) I'll start upgrading the software that runs Gwulo.com. During the upgrade the current website will still be available to read & search, but it won't be possible to add anything new (comments, photos, Places, etc.).

The steps are:

1920s Caine Road

Where: A couple of religious buildings pin down the photo's location. First we can see

1950s photos from military service in Hong Kong

The 1950s saw many British servicemen spend time here in Hong Kong. They had much better access to affordable photography than earlier visitors, so we're lucky to have a good selection of photos from those years:

Nancy Griffiths, Wren, 1949-1952

Nancy served with the Naval Unit of the Hong Kong Defence Force, and was also an accomplished markswoman.

Nancy and friends:

Nancy HKDF

Champion:

HK Bisley Champ

Click here to see more photos of Nancy and her husband Bill, or click here to read more about Nancy.

Howell Green, RASC, 1952-4

Howell served in the water transport division of the Royal Army Service Corps. To help us understand his photos, he has included extracts from letters he wrote home at the time. Here's a sample from Christmas 1953:

No doubt you will have heard about the tragic fire we have had here…a fire started in a village, Shek Kip Mei just a mile or so north of our camp, comprising of wooden shacks.   Within four hours 10,000 shacks were destroyed and 60,000 Chinese were homeless and during those four hours I was in the middle of it.

1953-4 HK Howell Green

1953-4 HK Howell Green

Click here to read more from Howell.

Military Intelligence, 1954/5

Pauline has sent in photos that her husband took in Hong Kong when he was stationed here. He was working in Military Intelligence, so there isn't much from work but there are plenty of interesting photos from around town and on his countryside hikes.

Alexandra House under construction:

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