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

Gwulo in the UK

I'm visiting the UK at the moment. Here's a quick recap of last week:

Tuesday: Off to a good start - the Cathay Pacific flight was full, but the upgrade gods smiled upon me and I got bumped up a cabin. The good luck continued with a quick passage through immigration at Heathrow, so I was soon in my room at the Temple Lodge B&B in Hammersmith.


Wednesday: Thanks to Mike for arranging a Dim Sum lunch for Gwulo readers and contributors at the Joy King Lau restaurant in Chinatown. It was good to see David, Ian, Jill, Mike and Roger again, and also to meet Clare. Thank you all for making the time to join us.

Then which museum to visit in the afternoon? Google had turned up the Postal Museum, and the chance to take a ride on the old underground mail train caught my eye. But that needs to be booked in advance, so will have to wait for a future visit.

The British Museum never disappoints though, so I went there instead and enjoyed their Living with gods exhibition. London is hard to beat if you like museums!


Thursday: A train ride out of London took me to Essex to visit Barbara Anslow. It's always a highlight of the trip, and it was great to meet for a chat. Barbara kindly let me photograph the photos and clippings in her scrap-book, so they can be shown here at Gwulo.

Hospital, Tweed Bay, where Olive & I worked
Hospital, Tweed Bay, where Olive & I worked, by Barbara Anslow


Mr & Mrs Bander
Mr & Mrs Bander, by Barbara Anslow


Friday: The other must-do is a visit to the National Archives at Kew. There is never enough time to see everything, but on this visit I hoped to find some more good maps of Hong Kong, and to take copies of all the naturalisation certificates issued from Hong Kong.

I found a couple of maps that will be useful in future. eg this 1920 map of Kowloon is at large enough scale to show streets and buildings clearly. Here's a section showing the

New on Gwulo: 2018, week 08

Two Gwulo events for your calendar:

  • 17 March (Sat) - I'll lead a guided walk around Mount Davis for the Royal Asiatic Society. Please watch their events page or contact me for details.
  • 21 March (Wed) - I'm presenting the first talk to members of Club Lusitano and their guests. This is the talk that the Gwulo book is based on, so it's a live presentation of those photos & stories - come and enjoy the photos on a big screen! Details on the Club Lusitano website.


A summary of the last week's new and updated:



Looking for information about:


Memories of:

Kung hei fat choi!

As we start the year of the dog, what do we have on Gwulo about the history of dogs in Hong Kong?

The earliest mention is from a Lane Crawford advertisement in 1879, where they offered "dog collars and chains" for sale.

The most recent comes from an outing in 2010. I was searching for more of the old wartime stoves behind Quarry Bay, and noted a warning sign: a python had been seen in the area and I should look after my dog and small children.

In between we've got a selection of photos showing owners and their pets over the years:

Thomson Family Photo abt 1898
Thomson Family Photo abt 1898, by seemex

New on Gwulo: 2018, week 07

A summary of the last week's new and updated:



Looking for information about:

  • Can you identify any of the girls at this party in 1953:
  • Or at this race in the pool at Shek O around the same time:

New on Gwulo: 2018, week 06

A summary of the last week's new and updated:



Looking for information about:

  • Can you identify any of the people in this school photo from New Method College in 1952:
      BARBARA FEREDAY HK2.jpg, by Alan Fereday
  • Or the girls at Diana Gaston's party, also c.1952:
  • William ANDERSON [????-????], Managing Director of Anderson Music Company and who was one of the first residents of Broadwood Road.
  • Isobel Morrison HOLLAND [1915-????], bridesmaid to Helen Wylie in 1936.
  • Just three people left to identify in the photo of the KGV Prefects 1953-54.


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