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

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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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Memories of life in Hong Kong, 1938-39

Barbara Anslow had left Hong Kong in 1929, but returned in 1938 in time for her twentieth birthday. Here Barbara tells us what it was like to live in Hong Kong at that time, first giving us an overview, then quoting selected entries from her diary for 1939. Over to Barbara...


Background

On 5th November 1937 my parents told my sisters and I that we would all be going to Hong Kong again. We were living in Shotley, near Ipswich. I was almost 19, Olive 21 and Mabel 14. Both Olive and I were shorthand typists in the engineering firm Ransomes & Rapier, Ipswich. Mabel was still at school.

My Dad's brother wrote that my parents must be mad to take us girls to an area fraught with danger: the Japanese had attacked Shanghai in the summer of 1937, and shortly before Christmas they had shot up and sunk the U.S. Gunboat Panay on the Yangtse River. But we thought that was a long way away from Hong Kong.

So on 13th January 1938

New on Gwulo: 2018, week 36

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Maps

  • The Survey & Mapping Office (SMO) have put their collection of historic maps and aerial photos online for all to access. They're a great resource for researching old Hong Kong, so thanks to the SMO for making them available and fingers crossed other government departments follow their lead. Thanks to contributors Tymon for letting us know, and to Herostratus who has written a tutorial to help you get started.
  • Next month, map enthusiasts from around the world will be in Hong Kong for the International Map Collectors Society Symposium 2018, which will be held at the Maritime Museum. They have a programme of speakers giving talks on the subject. 
  • The Symposium is co-hosted by HKUST. I didn't realise they had resources about local history, but their Special Collections website has some very interesting old photos, as well as old maps, viewable online in high resolution.

 

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