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

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 02

A look at what's been added and updated at Please click through to the page and leave a comment if you can add any information.

UK readers, please join me in London on 30th March

I'll present Gwulo talk #4, and all are welcome to attend. Please click here for details and how to book.




Looking for information about:

  • Thomas LOUDON [c.1863-1889], a policeman from Scotland
  • Hung Chiu KAN [????-????] (& 30-32 Des Voeux Road Central in 1920s)
  • This photo shows Andrew Chan, who was with the BAAG in WW2. Can anyone recognise any other people, or the event? There's a Flying Tigers logo on the back wall.
    Andrew Chan with 315th Flying Tigers(?) Chindits(?)
    Andrew Chan with 315th Flying Tigers(?) Chindits(?), by Felix Chanduloy


Memories of:

c.1950 Central from the harbour

We'll start the new year with a popular view - Victoria Harbour with a junk sailing by, and Hong Kong Island in the background.

c.1950 Central from the harbour


Where: The photo shows buildings along Connaught Road in Central, and the hillsides beyond.


When: The buildings along Connaught Road were built in the 1890s and 1900s, on what was then newly-reclaimed land. When this photo was taken, most of those buildings were still standing, with one exception:

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 01

I've just learned that, according to the ISO standard, the first week of the year is the week that has the year's first Thursday. So despite the title above, it's still the 31st of December, and I'm writing our last roundup of what's new for 2018. 

I hope you've enjoyed reading all the contributions to Gwulo over the last year, and wish you all the best for the new year ahead,




(If you're researching family history in Hong Kong, some excellent news is that cards in the Carl Smith Collection can now be viewed online. Thanks to Patricia for letting us know.)


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Christmas Dinner in Hong Kong

Traditionally, Christmas Dinner was the biggest meal of the British calendar. Here's a look at how the meal has been enjoyed in Hong Kong over the years, based on mentions and photos here on Gwulo.

Sweetmeats in the 1800s

The oldest one is

New on Gwulo: 2018, week 51

A summary of what's new and updated on Gwulo:



Looking for information about:

  • Brian is looking for information about the DAVIS family, in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation. The husband was a banker with HSBC. Initially they lived in the Sun Wah Hotel, then later they were in Stanley Camp.
  • Vanessa is documenting the FERREIRA family, and is trying to find the given names of her great great grandfather.


Gwulo meetup on 27th December - hope to see you there!

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