1950s Hong Kong childhood

Chris Hall spent three years here in the 1950s, and has kindly shared these family photos:

This train is on its way to Red China

This train is on its way to Red China

 

Castle Peak Hotel

Castle Peak Hotel

 

On a forbidden road in Shatin. Very pretty. By a reservoir + Government property.

On a forbidden road in Shatin. Very pretty. By a reservoir + Government property.

 

New Territories. Rice + Wheat fields.

New Territories. Rice + Wheat fields.

 

Aberdeen

Aberdeen

 

19 Mile Beach. New Territories.

19 Mile Beach. New Territories.

 

Billy Tinglers

Billy Tinglers

The captions come from the notes that Chris's mother Isabel Lily (known as "Billy") wrote on the back of each photo. In late 2003 she also wrote down her memories of those years in Hong Kong, which you can read below.

Her story begins

1902: "The Queen Victoria Jubilee Monument and the Hongkong Club"

The Queen Victoria Jubilee Monument and the Hongkong Club

Where: It's the view across Statue Square [1], with Queen Victoria's statue [2] in the foreground, and the Hongkong Club [3] beyond.

Between the two we can see an untidy patch of land. It would get worse before it got better, as by 1909 the area had acquired a brick oven, two simmering cauldrons of coal tar, and ...

"an unsightly conglomeration of ramshackle and tattered matsheds, piles of rotting poles, odds and ends of old timbers, untidy heaps of granite chippings, weed-grown stacks of bricks; cook-houses— other outhouses —all the stagnant squalor which collects in a builder’s yard. [4]"

By then the end was in sight, and once the nearby building projects were completed, the area was finally grassed over.

Hongkong Club & Queen Victoria's statue

After the First World War, it was chosen as the

2017-02 RTHK's Hong Kong Heritage - Dan Waters' books at 41 Conduit Road

Gwulo takes to the airwaves! Annemarie Evans invited me on to her show, Hong Kong Heritage, where we chatted about the late Dan Waters' book collection, sidetracked into hunting & trapping in Hong Kong, then returned to Dan's apartment and its connection to the film Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.

Here is the link to listen to the show: 
http://podcast.rthk.hk/podcast/item_epi.php?pid=164

Below I've included links to more information about the topics we discussed, with the time as it is shown on the podcast player. Then at the bottom of the page is the usual round-up of new pages and questions on Gwulo this week.

Thanks to Annemarie for inviting me on to her show. I see her list of past 'Hong Kong Heritage' episodes has a new look with a short description and a photo for each one, making it much easier to browse through and find something that you're interested in: Visit the RTHK website to view the list of episodes.

Regards, David


More information about the topics discussed

Forum: 

1950s "A suburb view in Hong Kong"

1950s "A suburb view in Hong Kong"

When: This comes from the same set as the recent photo of the YMCA and the Peninsula Hotel in TST, and should be taken around the same time in the 1950s. There's a personal connection between the two photos, which we'll look at in the "Who:" below.

 

What: Over at the right of the photo, there looks to be a "San Miguel" sign on the

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Best wishes to you and your family in the year of the rooster.

Trademark - "Cock Brand"

 


This rooster comes from a 1930s application to register it as a trademark. He was to be used "in respect of Raisins, rolled oats, canned sardines, canned abalone and pearl barley". Quite a versatile fellow!

I like looking at the old trademark designs. Some are simple but effective, like this design for

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