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New on Gwulo: 2018, week 14

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Club Lusitano's historic propeller

When Ian heard I was giving a talk at the Club Lusitano, he tipped me off that they had a valuable piece of Hong Kong's history I should look out for: "Ask to see the old propeller".

So last Wednesday evening I was led to the 26th floor, and shown this propeller on their restaurant's wall:

1924 Propeller at Club Lusitano


The Club's staff mentioned it was from the 1950s, but Ian's research shows it is much older, dating back to

New on Gwulo: 2018, week 12

Advance notice of temporary site closure: The Gwulo website will be offline from the evening of Wednesday 28th March til the following morning. Some important security updates will need to be made at that time.

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  • Yolanda is looking for books about WW2 that describe "brave acts by Portuguese and Macanese people."
  • Alexander Findlay SMITH [1844-1926] was the man behind the Peak Tram. His previous employment on the Highland Railway in Scotland is often mentioned in connection with that. Does anyone know what work he did on the Highland Railway?

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Po Kong village [????-1942]

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Last November we moved to San Po Kong (新蒲崗) in Kowloon. The "San" means "New", so I wondered if there was an older Po Kong that it takes its name from. A map of the area from 1902-3 [1] shows the answer is yes: there was a village named Po Kong.

1902-3 Po Kong village and surroundings


Po Kong village and its surroundings

The map shows the village was in the centre of an area of flat, low-lying farmland. It also gave its name to the nearby

New on Gwulo: 2018, week 10

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  • Frederick William PERRY [????- ], a British civil servant who is the father of local actor Anthony Wong Chau-sang (黃秋生)
  • Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Murphy, known to have been resident in HK in 1929.
  • Adam Morrison HOLLAND [1886-1945], one of the people who died in the American bombing of a bungalow in Stanley Camp.
  • Can you identify any of the people in this 1948 photo of a retirement dinner for a staff-member of Holt's Wharf:
    • Harry Blake & Holt's Wharf Colleagues.jpg
      Harry Blake & Holt's Wharf Colleagues.jpg, by Bob Tatz from Olga Blake's Collection


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