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David email

David email


I've  enjoyed your  website esp the   photos of  locations related to John Dent.

 I have photos of John and Lancelot Dent's monuments in  Crosby Ravensworth  church  which people might be interested to see.  SOrry don't  know  how to  upload to  your  site



It's an interesting topic. I would like to know if I can have a jpg version of the 1933 proposed map as well as the map of Ice House in 19o4 for my Chinese Blog. I am now writting something regularly on the history of HK Streets and the buildings in the street. Thank you.

My e-mail: anthonylau99@yahoo.com.hk

Hi Anthony, I've sent you an email about the maps. I've also moved the comments about Forbes Street to their own Place. (Here are some tips on asking questions on gwulo.com.)

Regards, David

Anthony, everything on the 1933 redevelopment is here "http://gwulo.com/node/7432".

I find that using Google search with "site:gwulo.com" gives excellent results. 

Hello David

You will see where - under the same subject heading - I have entered the same message twice - sorry about that - I guess you can delete one (I tried !)

I am really leaving a message for the lady 'Leslie' who has placed this photo album - as you will read in the message I am one of those in the photo.  As you know her email, perhaps you can draw her attention to my message, as it seems she placed this album some time ago and may not notice. It would be nice to make the connection after all these years.

Thank you,



Hi Suzie,

I've deleted the extra comment.

Unfortunately 'bisquitzoe' isn't a user on this website, so I don't know her email address. It looks as though you should be able to send her a message via this page: http://community.webshots.com/user/bisquitzoe/messages (scroll down to the bottom, where it says to login to leave a message).

You mentioned you had several relatives interned at Stanley Camp. You might be interested to see this project, which is serialising a couple of diaries from Stanley Camp internees.

Regards, David

Hi, I can't find my comment and request - on the Forum placed yesterday Aug 11

Not sure how to navigate the website.  Help!

Here's your comment:


(I'm on vacation, but will take a look at it in more detail when back to HK next week)

Here's a useful link to bookmark. It shows any updates to pages / comments you've created:


Regards, David


As I drift into the infinite I find this technology gets ever more confusing. Having just found this spot  and finding so many wonderful things for me to look at, I am bewhildered and I think it is going to take me a while to find my way around, so my progress is going to be slow.

My excitement emanates from the two years of my childhood that I spent in Hong Kong in 1936 and 7. Dad was a sergeant major in the Royal Artillery, stationed at Lei Yue Mun. (According to the Google map the camp seems to be in the middle of the sea??) On a return visit in 2009 I could only wonder at the sight of the camp which remained in every particular exactly as I left it when, as a ten year old, my family sailed away on the Dilwara in December 1937. Happily it is now the home of a residential activity centre for young people. What a better world this would be, if tomorrow I should wake up to find all military bases so employed.

I have photographs and a story or two, THE typhoon certainly stays in my memory. When, if, I find my way around I hope to come back to you.

Tony Moy

Hi Tony,

If you haven't seen them already, James McAndrew's photos will be interesting for you, as he was in the Royal Artillery, and here at the same time you were:


I look forward to hearing your stories, and seeing your photos.

Regards, David

Dear David,

I am submitting a manuscript to Visual Anthropology for publication consideration and the manuscript is entitled, "Hollywood’s Hong Kong: Cold War Imagery and Urban Transformation in Edward Dmytryk’s Soldier of Fortune (1955)", in which I would like to use some of the photos of the film on display in Gwulo webpage for illustrations. The submission is purely academic and non-lucrative. I wonder if it is possible to have the copyright clearance for these photos. Appreciated if you could advise.




Hi Thomas,

The answer depends on who owns the photos. Please see http://gwulo.com/node/9959 for details.

Regards, David

Hi David, I am looking for some photos of Tsang Tai Uk in Hong kong for the period of 1950/60s or before. I saw someone posted a photo of this, And I want to get more , can you help me with this? Thanks. Mr. Tsang

Hi Mr Tsang,

I see you've already posted a comment at http://gwulo.com/node/16001#comment-26609, so hopefully you'll hear from Harry shortly. If not, please see option #3 at http://gwulo.com/node/9959 for details of how to contact him.

We'd also enjoy any other photos you can show us of that area. Here's how to upload a photo to the website: http://gwulo.com/node/2076

Regards, David

Hi David

I tried to link all three photos together in the one "image" with one text to cover all three.  But I could not download more than one photo and had to do each one separately.  Though I thought I saw other places where there are 3-4 images within the one posting?  Is it possible to do this?

Also - to be able to upload the photos I HAD to put a place - and I put Pok Lu Fam - even though I'm not sure it IS the place - and I am querying if anyone recognises where it is? - which it is why it would be good to have all three photos in the one image so the hills behind can be seen altogther. 

Kind regards,


Hi Suziepie,

Thanks for uploading the photos. I've changed the older post about the Riding School to a Place, and linked the photos to it. Please see: http://gwulo.com/node/10752. We can add its location once we find out where it was.

Once you've uploaded photos you can insert as many of them as you want into a piece of text, eg into a comment. Here's how: http://gwulo.com/node/1929.

When you upload a photo, the Places are optional, so you can leave them blank and the photo will still upload ok. BUT, if you type any text into the "Places shown in the photo:" box, it must be the title of an existing Place. Here's the best way to add a Place to a photo: http://gwulo.com/node/5242.

Regards, David

Thank you David for fixing the place for the Horse Riding photos. I see Moddsey has suggested another possibility.

Regarding the photo of my parents wedding.  Is is possible to lift or move the small photo in the corner that is covering the head of a groomsman?  I would like to know if anyone recognizes the groomsmen. I have an idea who they are  but I'm not sure.

Also I put a brief description of the place - Rosary church Kowloon - because I did not see that it had already been entered. Thanks.

Kind regards, Suziepie

Hi Suziepie,

The small photo is part of the viewer. A couple of workarounds:

  • Add a white border to the left of the photo before uploading, or
  • Upload a higher-resolution copy of the photo, so when a person sees it and zooms in, the person moves out from under the small photo
The zoom viewer looks to have a problem, showing photos smaller than they should be. I'll take a closer look when I'm back to Hong Kong in a couple of weeks. If it's not quick to fix, I'll come back to it after the site upgrade.

I've linked the wedding photo back to the original page for the church, http://gwulo.com/node/6654.

Regards, David

Hi David

I did as you suggested and re-scanned the wedding photo leaving a 1 inch margin on the left and top and inserted this photo.  BUT its seems to have made no difference. The site has not taken any notice of the white margin on the left and the minature photo is plopped again on top of the groomsman's head.

I notice that Phil recently uploaded a photo of a wedding in 1936 - and that has NO minature photo in the corner at all (even though it would not cover anything crucial if it did).  Is it possible for me NOT to have this minature in the corner?  And why is it there anyway? 

And yes, you are right - the magnification does not seem to work well.

Kind regards, Suzanne

Hi Suzanne,

The box in the corner is for navigating around large images. eg if you look at http://gwulo.com/node/18982 and zoom in, you'll see a blue rectangle in the box shows you which section of the larger image you are looking at. You can drag the blue rectangle around with your mouse to quickly view other sections of the image.

If the uploaded image is smaller than the width of the column (510 pixels), no zooming is required, and the box is not displayed. That's why there isn't a box shown on the 1936 wedding photo. But in general I recommend uploading a larger copy so we can zoom in to see the details.

Regards, David


I happened to visit your site on the article of the Kwok Chan compound.  The comments were written by one of his sons.  I didn't recall what his name was.  

I had visited that beautiful Chinese home when I was about 10 years old.  One of Kwok Chan's sons was my classmate in Wah Yan College HK and I was living in Caine Road at the time.  That was a life time away!  I still remember that he came to pick me up in his chauffer driven car (license plate 11) and we played in that mansion for the afternoon.

A couple of years later, he was sent to a boarding school in England and we have lost contact ever since.

The writer struck me as the old friend I used to know.  He didn't disclose his name in his comments.  My old friend was Kwok Wai Chuen (my Cantonese translation).



Dear Gerald,

I've added your comment to that page (http://gwulo.com/node/8400), and sent a message to Mr Kwok letting him know it's there.

Regards, David

Hello to David,

I stumbled onto this site t'other day as a result of a Goodle search for information/data regarding my family in HK prior to and after WWII.  Although the search identified some of the family: two of my aunts, my father and one brother, the 'additional' information that was reflected about them was not entirely correct and would need to be corrected.

Would you be so kind to inform me about the process to make corrections and add further information about the Ablong family.

Hi Anthony,

I suggest you leave a comment on each page, describing any mistakes and adding any extra information you'd like to share. The original author of those pages, Brian, is travelling away from home for a few weeks, but I'm sure will be pleased to make any corrections.

Thanks for writing in. It will be good to read your additional information.

Regards, David

I lived on the 4/F at 168 Henessy road, Wanchai, HK from 1049 to 1959.

The building was a 4 storey and to the east side of the Sothern Playground

Would like to have some photos of that building.


Would lke to know any people living around there during the same period etc

Dear David, 

I would like to buy a photo posted by yourself.  However, we want a digital version one instead of a physical photo, can you please let me know how can I do that? 



Dear Mo,

Thank you for your inquiry. I've sent details to your email address.

Regards, David

Hi David

You will see I have tried to put on to the site the few entries from my Dad's little pocket Diary in which he made some entries during his time imprisoned in Stanley Camp.  As the entries do not total much I did not think it worthwhile to put separate entries for each date (as I see others have done).  But if you would prefer I did that then let me know.

In the diary there are also about four pages itemizing his bartering for various things eg: cigs, peanuts, parrots. If it would be of interest I could type these out, or would you prefer I scanned the pages and uploaded the scan? Though it is in pencil and may not be very clear.

Kind regards to you and Grace



Hi Suziepie,

Sorry, I didn't see this before I wrote on the diary page. "Yes please" to individual pages, so they can add extra variety to the daily emails.

The bartering will be of interest too. Was he really bartering parrots while in Stanley? Intriguing! If the pages are not easy to read, it would be best to type them out.

Thanks very much for sharing this, and best regards,



The pagoda comparison at 11.12 hrs is the correct one. The previous one can be deleted because it has a spelling error.

Could you also insert it into the topic thread please.

Oh for some warm weather!

Hi Dave,

I've deleted the duplicate.

To insert the picture in your comments please see the notes at:


Regards, David


in 1975 i was     a recruit inspector at pts.   George Button was Chief pti. I'd like to contact him




dan docherty

I've forwarded your message to George.

Regards, David

Dear David,

there is a problem to get a copy of a specific article from the China Mail (August 1888) about first examination at HKCM.

G. H. Choa wrote in his book "The Life and Times of Sir Kai Ho Kai" (The Chinese University Press; ISBN 962 201 873 4) on page 67:

The occasion of the first professional examination held on 6 August 1888 was considered so important and significant that an editorial appeared in the local English newspaper, the China Mail. The editor wrote: ( .... )

The examinations began on Monday, August 6, 1888 and ended on Friday, August 10, 1888. I have from here, no access to the archive of China Mail. One would have to know what day - following the last examination day Friday - this editorial was published. This editorial is of central importance.

Some time ago it was easier to get access to archives on the Internet.



Hi Dieter,

I've written some notes on this at:


Please see if they can help.

Regards, David

Dear David,

a big thank you! I never would guess this top secret "1888-08-13". Now I found everything I hat expected.

What can I do for you? Don't hesitate to ask me.



Thanks Dieter, glad to hear it worked.

If you find any interesting facts or photos about old Hong Kong and can post them on Gwulo, that'll be a big help.

Regards, David

Please help

I changed my email from tomeager@comcast.net to thomaseager36@gmail.com.

I have attempted to change it with no results in Gwulo edit mode, I am still getting email for tomeager@comcast.net.

Thanks for your assistance


Thomas Eager 

Hi Thomas,

The newsletters are sent from a different system, which stores the email addresses separately. I'll delete the subscriptions for your old address, then add in your new address.

You'll receive an email from "Feedburner" for each new subscription. Please click the link in the email to enable the subscription.

Regards, David

Dear David,

At the outset, I would like to commend you for building Gwulo.com an invaluable archival resource for Hong Kong of yesteryear.
I work as a blogger with Engel and Voelkers, Hong Kong.  Our principal, Chris Liem was wondering if at all it was possible to republish some of these fascinating images of old Hong Kong in a post on the Engel and Voelkers Hong Kong site? The images will, of course, be credited to Gwulo.com. 
Do let us know if it is a viable proposition or not.



Dear Anjeeta,

The answer will depend on who owns the images, please see: http://gwulo.com/node/9959

Regards, David

Hi David 

How ar you?  We hope you had a good holiday in the UK?  Lots of heat this year we hear!

I have loaded on a couple of photos - first time since the upgrade - I don't know how but the two images repeated themselves!  Could you please delete the two extra 'images'. I can't see where I can do this (without deleting perhaps all?)

Also - 2nd problem - date of images I put at 1952-00-00 but no matter how many times I repeated this - it keeps coming up with 1951 November (?)  It didn't do this before. Can you fix it for me please?

Kind regards,



Hi Suziepie,

I've deleted the extra images. As you've found, "00-00" doesn't turn out well in a date, so if we're just entering a year we set it to 1st Jan. eg for 1952, type the date as: 1952-01-01

The holiday is going well, thanks.

Regards, David

Dear David,

Great memories of Hong Kong & Kowloon with your wonderful pictures. I went to Hong Kong in 1962 and moved into 27, La Salle Road in the late 60,s !! Just after you left I think.

Kind rergards,

Gordon Duff


Hi Gordon,

Glad to hear you enjoyed the photos, but I can't take credit for them as they were all posted by Mike Cussans: http://gwulo.com/node/15091

I've made a page for number 27, to gather photos and memories: http://gwulo.com/node/15498

If you can add any comments or photos to that page, they'll be very welcome.

Regards, David

I was born on 21 March 1927 at the French Convent Hospital in Causeway Bay Wanchai and I wonder if this building still exists?  I am putting together a history of our family in Hongkong and would be grateful for your confirmation of the above request. Thank you

Rita MacDonald (nee Langston )

Dear Rita,

I've made a page for you at http://gwulo.com/node/29286 to gather any questions and answers together.

Regards, David

David, while most of the family use just "Potts" our correct surname is HUTTON POTTS without a hyphen and I would appreciate if you could make this correction for my grandfather; whose full name (written in our family bible) is George Frederick Cumming Hutton Potts and all the other family members listed on your absolutely fantastic website. Thank you.

Also, is there any way of contacting Analise who is very much involved with researching my grandfather's family's connections to the various founding of sporting events. I would very like much to find any more information that she might have on my family.

Hi Joanna, surnames have been updated. If you send me your message to Annelise I'll forward it to her for you.

Regards, David

My appologies for misspelling her name. My message to Annelise: Is there anywhere else that I can find information on my great grandfather Frederick Hopper Wallace (Esme's father)? I have been unable to find out anything about him, his marriage or (other than Esme) his children. There is one family tree which has his will but I am unable to access it. The family story I grew up with as told by my Dad (George Ronald Hutton Potts) was that he was Captain of the "Cutty Sark" and that he committee suicide after the mutuny. Information on the "Cutty Sark" states that James Wallace was her Captain and the one who committed suicide. I have not been able to discover if this James Wallace is related to Frederick Hopper Wallace or not.

I've sent a message to Annelise.

If you're looking for more information about F H Wallace, and he spent time in Hong Kong, I suggest you make a page for him (http://gwulo.com/node/add/person), so he doesn't get lost in this page of general Qs&As.

Regards, David


Sorry to trouble you! Was having another look at the post that I made some time ago confirming my personal details and those of my son Tim (who is still serving in the HKP). Decided to make a few minor additions but .....in the process of so doing I seem to have lost the whole thing. My question, is it missing pending approval of the amendment by your good self ....or has it gone forever and will therefore require a complete redraft on my part?


Dick Worrall


Hi Dick,

Sorry for that - as you guessed it had got stuck waiting for approval. You can now edit it (and any other of your material) without needing any approval: http://gwulo.com/comment/30788#comment-30788

On a related note I've just posted a photo of children taken in Stanley Camp. If you can recognise anyone, please could you leave a comment there? http://gwulo.com/node/34044

Finally, you were mentioned a few days ago in the "72 years ago" diaries. A belated happy birthday!

Regards, David

Hi David , Just been reading Stepehens comments and I need to contact him about another ship flag mystry that is unrelated to China, is that possible please.

I have forwarded your email address to Stephen.

Regards, David

Hi David. 

My grandparents were living on Plantation road for seveal years around 1910. I have some old photos and letters from that period. I just wonder how welcome this old information it is for habitants of the city today. I have understood that this was a period of great poverty for the native population and great wealth for a few europeans on their behalf. Maybe people really hate every reminder of the sad time of colonialism? Should I back off and let bygones be bygones?


Hi Johan,

Gwulo's readers will enjoy learning more about your grandparents and their time in Hong Kong. Please go ahead and share what you know, and let us know if you have any questions we can help with.

A good start would be to create pages for your family members who lived in Hong Kong: https://gwulo.com/node/add/person

Here's how to upload a photo: https://gwulo.com/node/2076

Regards, David

Thank you for bringing my attention to the typo in my Cheung Chau comment David.  I've now posted the revised copy.

In a day or so I will be getting the final PDF proofs of Asia Betrayed: How Churchill Sacrificed The Far East To Save England..  I wonder if you'd care to have a look at it?

Thanks again,  John.

Thanks for posting the Cheung Chau / Churchill info. I'll hold off on reading the proofs, but look forward to seeing the finished book in print.

Regards, David

Read the sample: the few photos brought back too many memories of a time long past.  Good effort by you and those that assisted in the publication.

Just ordered 2 copies.  Could you be so kind to sign both copies.

The book will be used to provide substantiation to my proposed documentary on Hong Kong which I am preparing.  Proposed to visit and film the 'battle areas' in late May 2018.

May need a guide to show me around as HK has gone through a tremendous change which I am presuming has affected the areas intended to visit.

Perhaps Ms Annemarie Evans RTHK or you may be around? 

Should you respond to my request, could you do so to my email address.

Best for now.  Keep safe, in good health and enjoy life around you.


David, I have several photos I wish to upload, but I have never understood what are "tags" so I leave that blank.  Do you want tags? if so please tell me what sort of wording is appropriate.

Thanks and regards,


Gordon, if you'd like you can read a short introduction to using tags, but most times I leave the tags blank too.

Regards, David

Thanks, David, I can see that tags are useful, so will bear this in mind.

Regards, Gordon

David, if I wish to upload a document, as opposed to a photo, do I need to photograph the document or can you accept scanned pdf?

If you have the text, or can convert the scan to text, that's the best option. Then simply paste the text into a Forum post: https://gwulo.com/node/add/forum/2

If you can't get the text then:

 - If it's a short document, say 10 pages or less, please upload them as photos

 - if it's a longer document in PDF format, please send it to me by email and I'll add it to the site.

Regards, David

OK, thanks David.

Sorry, David, I am obviously not familiar with the inner workings of your site, so need to trouble you further.

I have two documents of three pages each (as photos).  When I uploaded them the pages appeared in a random order, which is no good for the reader (I deleted the upload).  How to ensure they stay in order when uploading?

I believe the same may happen with groups of photos.

Thanks for persevering! We can lay them out on a a page to show them in the order we'd like. If you can upload one set of three, I'll show you how it looks to see if it's ok for you.

Regards, David

I have uploaded the three pages, which should be on one page in numerical order of the jpg nos.


Thanks for the upload. All photos are connected with the Tonnochy Ballroom. We have a "Place" page for that (https://gwulo.com/node/37563), so first I linked the photos to the Place (here's how: https://gwulo.com/node/37329). That means if a reader arrives at the photo, they have a way to get to the Place's page.

Then I added a comment to the Tonnochy Ballroom page and added the photos in the right order, so it looks like this https://gwulo.com/comment/44101#comment-44101 (Here's how to add a photo to the text: https://gwulo.com/node/1929).

David, I just uploaded some photos which included some unintended duplicates.  I clicked "remove" by these but the programme is requiring an image before it will upload.  Guidance, please.


It looks like you might have already solved this. If not, please add a "please delete" comment to the duplicate, and I'll remove it.

I cannot find the photos - 11 altogether of dragon boats.  I'll start again and be careful not to load duplicates.

OK, done now, David, plus a few miscellaneous pics.

Dear David

I am glad to see that you have created a good web site for gwulo stuffs and you have been maintaing this very well so far. I have also noticed that you sell books for your precious collected photos. By guessing, to order book printing you might need to place an order for at least 1000 books or more, as for the min order qty, if printed too many and salability of a new book is not good enough, cash flow is thus affected. Now you can order photo book making in China by visiting the web site of www.meipian.cn by which you can order as many photo books or few as you wish, they are now offering good discounts that you might not able to resist with.  You don't have to worry about the min order qty as typically required by traditional printing factory.

The www.meipian.cn is run by NanJing Blue Whale Company and being supported by the mother company of the listed company of Tencent. Up to 2017, Meipian have the 20,000,000 customers in total and I am one of those. I usually use Mepian to keep my photos for my travelling records and comments, at times, I use it to write factory quality inspection reports to record defects and my compaints to factory manager for the produced construction products.

In the Meipian photo book creation platform, you can plug in max 100 photos and multiple text fields of pages of documents - sizable enough for general purposes of publishing.

If you would try Meipian, I would expect you can publish more book titles such as ancient map of hong kong and etc since min order qty and price concern can both be compromised.



Dear John,

Thanks for the tip. I'm happy with the current printer for the next volume of Old Hong Kong Photos ..., but I'll keep Meipian in mind if I have any smaller side projects.

Regards, David

Hi, I have commented on 2 of the old pillboxes waiting approval. I also wanted to attach some updated photos but couldn't see how to do that. Please advise!

Hi David,

I happened on a post about Tak Sun School (posted by Francis Tsui). I wanted to upload a photo of myself and my story to the same site, but couldn't. Instead my post came up as a separate post.

How can I repost the photo and story to the one and same thread?

Thank you.

Felix Chanduloy (Petit Prince)

Hi Felix,

After you've uploaded the photo, here's how to insert the photo into a comment or a new post: https://gwulo.com/node/1929

Regards, David

Thanks. Did it! Felix Chanduloy

Hi David,

as you have seen, I‘m currently uploading Public Works Reports. I use an OCR software that makes it quite easy converting text, only e.g. annotations and tables are difficult (and mostly don’t appear in the uploads).

Recently, I added the reports for 1890, 1891 and 1892 (please add the latter to the list of reports). For the next weeks I will convert the reports for 1893-1896 as well as for 1889. I couldn't find earlier ones that show more than the expenditures during a year on two pages - not really helpful for our purposes.

Regards, Klaus

Hi Klaus,

Thank you very much for adding these, they're useful for all sorts of searches about lots, buildings, streets, etc.

One small tip - please can you write the title in the format "1893 Public Works Department Annual Report", so that it appears in the right place in the list at https://gwulo.com/public-works-annual-reports. You can always include the literal name of the document at the start of the OCR'd text.

Regards, David

David, I changed the title of the 1892 report, but it still doesn't appear in the list you mentioned. What's wrong? Klaus

Thanks Klaus. I'd missed adding that to one the list - fixed now.

I had already done most of the 1896 PWD report - I have uploaded it here

Klaus what OCR software do you use? The one I was using did not like the font used in government reports for the 1890s and earlier and would jsut return gibberish