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PS 'Gwu lo' is roughly how '古老' sounds in Cantonese. It means 'ancient' or 'old-fashioned'.

Direction slabs along the Gin Drinkers Line

If you go walking in the hills behind Kowloon, you'll likely have seen raised, concrete slabs like these:

GDL direction slab

 

In this guest post, Rob Weir explains their background, and gives us a map of the 70+ slabs he's found in that area.

 


 

Introduction

The slabs were erected to help British troops find their way around a defensive system of trenches, lookouts and pillboxes, collectively known as the Gin Drinkers Line.

A document in the HKPRO (I think it was part of HKMS 100), dates their construction to late 1941:

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Gwulo lunch on Thursday, 25th October - all welcome

Annelise has arranged a lunch get-together for Gwulo's readers and contributors.
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1928-29: Photos from Warren Swire's fifth visit to Hong Kong

Most of Warren Swire's photographs show buildings and scenery, so this close-up photo of a group of people is a rarity.

N S Brown

 

We know that the man on the right is N. S. Brown, the Hong Kong manager of Butterfield and Swire. Does anyone recognise the other man and woman? I wonder what was the occasion that made Swire take their photograph?

 

Buildings around Taikoo

Then we’re back to his standard subject, photos of various properties connected with the Taikoo businesses. Here he’s looking uphill towards Braemar Terrace.

Braemar Terrace

 

Braemar Terrace was at the edge of Taikoo’s domain, but the next photo shows its heart.

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After the typhoon: Ah King's Slipway

After the typhoon: Ah King's Slipway

 

What: Judging by the black paper stuck on the back, this photo must have been

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