1920s View of Central from the Harbour

Where: We're looking at Connaught Road in Central, which ran along the seafront at that time. Here's the old Star Ferry Pier, at the end of Ice House Street:

Star Ferry Pier

The photographer may well have taken this photo from one of the Star Ferries.

Gwulo talk: More photographs of old Hong Kong and the tales they tell

When: Wednesday, 20th November at 7pm

Where: Harold Smyth room, St. John's Cathedral

Details and booking: http://www.cab.org.hk/Old_Hong_Kong.png

Across Connaught Road from the pier, and on the left as we look at it, is Queen's Building, where the Mandarin Hotel stands today:

Give yourself a pat on the back

Earlier this evening, Gwulo received an award from AIA Hong Kong, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It was presented at this year's Honors and Awards Reception, and reads:

The American Institute of Architects Hong Kong Chapter in accordance with its Chapter Bylaws confers an AIA Hong Kong Citation to Gwulo.com in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter's region for collecting, researching and sharing thousands of historic photographs of our buildings, relics, neighbourhoods and people, now preserved in the interactive website, Gwulo.com, thereby raising public awareness and appreciation for the physical and cultural heritage of Hong Kong.

Thank you to AIA Hong Kong for this citation, it is greatly appreciated.

The citation recognises the work of everyone who has contributed photos, facts, questions, and stories to Gwulo.com. Thank you, and well done!

Best regards, David

1926 Submarines and HMS Titania

When / Where: A note on the back of the photo answers both questions -

Back of photo

H.M.S. "Titania"
Hongkong 1926 

Gwulo talk: More photographs of old Hong Kong and the tales they tell

When: Wednesday, 20th November at 7pm

Where: Harold Smyth room, St. John's Cathedral

Details and booking: http://www.cab.org.hk/Old_Hong_Kong.png

What: If you think this looks like mother duck with her ducklings, you're not far off the mark. HMS Titania, the ship on the right, was a

1920s Kennedy Town

Where: The landmarks in this photo are Green Island and its lighthouse:

Green Island lighthouse

Both are still with us today:

Birthday buildings in 2013

Do you recognise the building [1] in this email I received:

Dairy Farm Date
Hi All

Shot through taxi window... Does anybody know if there has been/will be a centenary 'celebration' of this building this year? If so, I've missed it.

PB [2]

It turns out that the '1913' marks the date of a renovation, not the date it was first built, but it got me thinking... which other buildings deserve a birthday card this year, and how far back can we go?


50 years old

This photo of the Mandarin Hotel was taken soon after it opened:

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