Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

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If it's your first visit, you might like to use the search box at the top of the page to find what you're looking for, check out the latest old photos, or just scroll down to browse through recent articles.

I hope you'll join in too, and share your questions and knowledge with us. Most pages let you leave a comment, it's easy to upload a photo, and the Forum is waiting for you to post a new message.

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Kind regards,

David

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

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 06

A look at what's been added / updated at Gwulo.com. Please click on the photos or the blue links for more information - and please leave a comment if you can add any new details.

 


 

Photos

1968 Lockhart Road - Bar Scene
1968 Lockhart Road - Bar Scene, by eternal1966e

 

Aberdeen.
Aberdeen., by James Gregory

 

Shek O 1960
Shek O 1960, by James Gregory

 

Path on way to lighthouse from LSW.
Path on way to lighthouse from LSW., by James Gregory

 

Postcard Hong Kong - Hong Kong View from the Cricket Ground, 1905
View from the Cricket Ground, 1905, by Charles in Shanghai

 

Parade in Kowloon
Parade in Kowloon, by PaperOwl

 

New Territories fishing 1952.
New Territories fishing 1952., by Ewart Hunt

 

The Governor at Kai Tak
The Governor at Kai Tak, by mike cussans

 

Wanchai Hennessy Road
Wanchai Hennessy Road, by Mick Green

 

Kaitak
Kaitak, by Allan Fraser

 

1972 Lockhart Road
1972 Lockhart Road, by Eternal1966

 

c 11.JPG
c 11.JPG, by Damien Ng

 

1969 Peking Road
1969 Peking Road, by eternal66a

 

Tai Koo Dockyard Staff Quarters 1952
Tai Koo Dockyard Staff Quarters 1952, by Ewart Hunt

 

1950s Vehicular Ferry Pier (Jubilee Street)
1950s Vehicular Ferry Pier (Jubilee Street), by Moddsey

 

Shaukiwan near tram terminus 1952.
Shaukiwan near tram terminus 1952., by Ewart Hunt

 

1950s Graham Street
1950s Graham Street, by Moddsey

 

Jubilee Street ferry pier
Jubilee Street ferry pier, by Ewart Hunt

 

Cochrane Street
Cochrane Street, by Ewart Hunt

 

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People

Looking for information about:

  • Lloyd KAY [c.1881-1929], full name George Albert Lloyd KAY, wharfinger at Kowloon Docks. Also hoping to learn what the "Bowling Greens Golf" was.
  • Dorothy Elizabeth DARKIN (née DAVIES) [1931-1972], and / or husband Rick, sons Angus and Rodney.
  • Natasha would like to hear any information about the location & people in these photos. They were taken in the 1960s and show a group of Russian refugees from Xinjiang in China, that included her mother and several family members. They were in Hong Kong for some time before moving to their new countries to live. Click the photos to see Natasha's notes, and to leave any comments you can add.
    • Russian Refugees at the Hong Kong YMCA
    • Russian Refugees at the Hong Kong YMCA
    • Russian Refugees in Hong Kong
    • Russian Refugees in Hong Kong
  • Andrew SALMON (aka Jack) [1919-2000], Royal Artillery then POW in HK & Japan. Worked in HK's Prisons Department, 1949-1974.
  • Do you recognise this man?
    • portrait of Hong Kong comprador Tong Lai Chuen, Holland-China Trading Company, ca. 1908
      portrait of a Hong Kong comprador, Holland-China Trading Company, ca. 1910, by Charles in Shanghai
  • Stanley Camp internees

 

Memories of:

Kung hei fat choi!

Oink, oink ...

Close-up of pig in Ma Hang squatter area

 

Kirstin's photo is a good one to start the year of the pig. Kirstin lived in Stanley in the late 1970s, and took this photo of one of neighbouring Ma Hang's pig farms. Anyone who lived in Stanley at the time won't forget the terrible smell when the wind was in the wrong direction.

Another group of Hong Kong residents with pungent pig memories are

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 04

A look at what's been added / updated at Gwulo.com. Please click on the photos or the blue links for more information - and please leave a comment if you can add any new details.

 


 

Photos

Sek Kong Popsi.
Sek Kong Popsi., by David Green

 

Engineering staff at Beacon Hill tunnel on Kowloon Canton Ry 1908
Engineering staff at Beacon Hill tunnel on Kowloon Canton Ry 1908, by over 14 MILLION views Thanks

 

Sek Kong Centurian tank.
Sek Kong Centurian tank., by David Green

 

Rickshaw fully loaded.
Rickshaw fully loaded., by David Green

 

Cricket Group, ca. 1910 Hong Kong
Cricket Group, ca. 1910 Hong Kong, by Charles in Shanghai

 

Haven’t a clue where this is other than HK.
Haven’t a clue where this is other than HK., by Chris F

 

Chai Wan squatter huts.
Chai Wan squatter huts., by David Green

 

Aberdeen swimmers.
Aberdeen swimmers., by David Green

 

1979 Lai Chi Kok Bay bridge
1979 Lai Chi Kok Bay bridge, by tkjho

 

Wanchai street.
Wanchai street., by Roger Gibbons

 

chater_bungalow.jpg
chater_bungalow.jpg, by Clive Hamilton

 

Hong Kong Brewery visit 1957 at Sham Tseng.
Hong Kong Brewery visit 1957 at Sham Tseng., by Bryan Panter

 

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People

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Memories of:

Gwulo in 2019

Time for a look back at Gwulo's 2018, and ahead to the plans for 2019.

There weren't any major dramas in 2018, instead it was a year of steady growth. I've put the detailed figures at the bottom of the page for anyone who is interested, but here are a few highlights:

  • 245,000 unique visitors to the website in 2018
  • 2,737 subscribers to the weekly newsletter, up 32% from 2017
  • Over 2,800 new photos, places, people, etc. added, so the site now has over 34,000 pages in total

There is more than enough drama happening elsewhere in the world at the moment, so I'm happy that our little corner of the internet continues to thrive, remains free of spam and any worries of fake news, and has comments that are a pleasure to read.

To all of Gwulo's contributors, please give yourself a pat on the back. I look forward to reading what we all discover in 2019.

Best regards,

David

 


 

2018 Review of progress against plans

Last year's plans were split into four groups:

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 02

A look at what's been added and updated at Gwulo.com. 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.

 


 

People

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:

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