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New on Gwulo: 2018, week 08

Two Gwulo events for your calendar:

  • 17 March (Sat) - I'll lead a guided walk around Mount Davis for the Royal Asiatic Society. Please watch their events page or contact me for details.
  • 21 March (Wed) - I'm presenting the first talk to members of Club Lusitano and their guests. This is the talk that the Gwulo book is based on, so it's a live presentation of those photos & stories - come and enjoy the photos on a big screen! Details on the Club Lusitano website.


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Kung hei fat choi!

As we start the year of the dog, what do we have on Gwulo about the history of dogs in Hong Kong?

The earliest mention is from a Lane Crawford advertisement in 1879, where they offered "dog collars and chains" for sale.

The most recent comes from an outing in 2010. I was searching for more of the old wartime stoves behind Quarry Bay, and noted a warning sign: a python had been seen in the area and I should look after my dog and small children.

In between we've got a selection of photos showing owners and their pets over the years:

Thomson Family Photo abt 1898
Thomson Family Photo abt 1898, by seemex

New on Gwulo: 2018, week 07

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  • Can you identify any of the girls at this party in 1953:
  • Or at this race in the pool at Shek O around the same time:

New on Gwulo: 2018, week 06

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  • Can you identify any of the people in this school photo from New Method College in 1952:
      BARBARA FEREDAY HK2.jpg, by Alan Fereday
  • Or the girls at Diana Gaston's party, also c.1952:
  • William ANDERSON [????-????], Managing Director of Anderson Music Company and who was one of the first residents of Broadwood Road.
  • Isobel Morrison HOLLAND [1915-????], bridesmaid to Helen Wylie in 1936.
  • Just three people left to identify in the photo of the KGV Prefects 1953-54.

c.1927 Victoria Harbour

c.1927 Victoria Harbour

Where: I'm curious to know where the photographer stood to take this photo. The buildings in the foreground will help us work that out.

Buildings in foreground


London lunchtime meetup, 21st Feb. Click for details.


The building closest to the camera is the one with three domes decorating the front of it. 

Building with domes


I don't recognise that building, but the group at the bottom of the hill are more familiar. This terrace of buildings was near the start of Queen's Road East.


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