"Come and get it!" - the Stanley Camp food queues

Food and hunger are common themes in Hong Kong's wartime diaries. Barbara Anslow wrote this piece in 1944/45, describing the daily food queues in Stanley Camp:

The summons for food is the same as the summons for everything else in the Married Quarters of Stanley Camp  - a raucous clanging on a broken shellcase with a thick stick.  Each set of accommodation blocks has its own particular arrangement for serving;  ours, the Married Quarters, boasts

c.1900 Panorama of Hong Kong

Thanks to Tim Luard and Alison McEwan for sending in this wonderful panorama of Hong Kong:

Panorama of HK

Squinting at this thin gray strip, you're probably wondering what's so wonderful about it! Let's take a closer look at six sections, and all will become clear:


From left to right we have:

Houses on the Peak

Where: This first section shows houses on the Peak. The one at the bottom-right corner was

Chinese photographers in 19th century Hong Kong

Terry Bennett has written a three-volume history of photography in China in the nineteenth century. He has very kindly allowed us to post the chapter about Chinese photographers in Hong Kong here on Gwulo.

As an appetiser, here are several of the photos from that chapter, many very rarely seen. For the main course, you can read the full chapter at http://gwulo.com/node/31857. It has detailed information about Hong Kong's early Chinese photographers and their studios, and also many more of their photos to enjoy.



Fig. 6.7. Lai Fong (Afong Studio). ‘Hongkong. 319.
– Queen’s Road Central’, 1870s. Private Collection.




Fig. 6.12. Afong Studio advertisement from the China Directory, 1873.




Fig. 6.13. Lai Fong (Afong Studio). Westerners in theatrical costume,
1870s–80s. Cabinet card photograph. Author’s Collection.




Fig. 6.16. Lai Fong (Afong Studio). ‘Japanese Moosmi 1873’.
Another print of this image is also in the collection of
the Wilson Centre for Photography with a printed caption
label reading ‘No. 28. A Japanese Lady, wife of one
of the principal Merchants in Japan.’ Author’s Collection.

Hong Kong's foundations

And in particular four of its foundation stones. This first one lives on a small island, 30+ miles southwest from Hong Kong:

Gap Rock lighthouse foundation stone

So not exactly Hong Kong, but it's definitely part of Hong Kong's history. Any guesses where it might be?

See if the inscription helps:

Stone Was Laid
His Excellency
Francis Fleming C.M.G.
Officer Administering the Government
Hong Kong on 1 Sept 1890

If not, this postcard of the finished building will make it clear:

1950s View of Central from the harbour

1950s View of Central from the harbour

Where: No problem identifying this one, we're looking at Central from the harbour, with the HSBC building in the centre.


When: Down in the foreground there's reclamation underway, with piles poking out from the sea at either side of the photo.


The 1955 Hong Kong Annual Report describes it like this:


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