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

Listed buildings: just three weeks left

The Antiquities & Monuments Office will stop accepting comments on their propsed changes to the listed buildings on 31 July. So, if you've got anything to say, better get a move on! Their email address is

I sent them this message yesterday, noting that no pillboxes on Hong Kong island, or ARP tunnels were included:

Tank markings, emblems, and numbers

The tanks in Fred's photos all have a set of markings painted on the front and back. As an example, here's the front of the Comet tank at the Museum of Coastal Defence:

Mystery Tunnel in Hong Kong Cemetery [????- ]

During May's visit to Hong Kong Cemetery, Patricia pointed out this, which looks like a tunnel entrance:

Mystery Tunnel in Hong Kong Cemetery

S.S. Hai-Ching

One of Forman's photos shows the steamship Hai-Ching (also written 'Haiching'), likely standing at one of the piers along Connaught Road. The ship was owned by the Douglas Steamship Company, Ltd., though in 1940 it would be requisitioned by the UK government for wartime service.

Fred Evans' photos: Army life in 1950s Hong Kong

Fred arrived in Hong Kong in June 1957, stationed here with the 1st Royal Tank Regiment. He was based at Sek Kong throughout, sailing home again in October 1959. Below you can browse through several hundred of the photos he took during that time.


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