Hong Kong photos from the 1940s and 50s

Thanks to Siobhan Daiko for sending in these photos. She writes:

I have been sorting through my late mother's photo albums and have found some pics that might be of interest to you.

Happy Valley

Before the war my mother Veronica [1] lived with her parents, Vernon [2] and Doris Walker [3], in Broadwood Rd. They lived at no. 4, I think, and I imagine this would have been the view:

View over Happy Valley
View over Happy Valley

The Peak

Vernon and Doris Walker lived on the Peak in 1941-42 and were there when the Japanese invaded. I think the house was in Plantation Rd., but I can't be sure. Mum died a year ago, unfortunately, so I can't ask her. This was their house:

1897 Hong Kong

Thank you to Janet Hayes for these photos taken in Hong Kong in 1897 (click any photo to see a larger copy and more information):

Procession to the thanksgiving service
Procession to the thanksgiving service


Queen's Road Central, Native Decorations
Queen's Road Central, Native Decorations

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:


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