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The National Archives - Historic Hong Kong maps and plans

Submitted by David on Tue, 10/12/2021 - 18:00

Apart from the documents we looked at in the last newsletter, The National Archives (TNA) also has a great collection of old maps and plans to explore.


Kowloon West Battery

A good example of what's available is the plan of the Kowloon West Battery I knew of it because Rob had previously uploaded this section:

Old friends

Submitted by David on Thu, 10/07/2021 - 20:41

In theory I view the items for sale at a postcard fair with a cool, analytical gaze, only choosing pictures I can use in new books, prints, and talks.

In practice there are all sorts that catch my eye, and I often end up buying scenes that add more detail to an older story that I'd enjoyed. Here are a few examples, the fourth and final batch of postcards and photos I bought at the Woking fair.


Sailing junk

Photos of sailing junks are always worth a look, and I especially like photos of junks with tattered sails.