1948 Annual Cross Harbour Race | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

1948 Annual Cross Harbour Race

1948 Annual Cross Harbour Race

62 competitors set off from the Railway Pier at the TST KCR Terminus. The winner won in a time of 26 minutes 15.4 seconds. HK Sunday Herald 24 October 1948 refers.

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Saturday, October 23, 1948


Is there a list of swimmers of that year as I might have been one of those dots ? Also swimmers of the next two years?


For 1948, I am afraid the list of entries does not include your goodself.

I would suggest to look up the newspapers from the HKPL at https://mmis.hkpl.gov.hk/web/guest for succeeding years. Click old newspapers. 

The cross harbour swim marked the end of the swim season in Hong Kong and was held in October. Suggest to type in 'cross harbour race' or '1950-10' (for year). Regards.


Many thanks for your response and suggestion.

I have just heard that a swimming companion of the VRC Eric Guest (Recently deceased) who also swam in the HK cross harbour with me the same year, left Hong Kong in May, 1950 and now conclude it must have been the year 1949.

I could not find a comprehensive list of swimmers in the old newspapers, only an account of the event.Any other direction that I could follow please?


Yes, not much information from the newspapers on the names of the cross harbour race participants for 1949-1950. You could try the VRC but am not sure if they hold information from that far back.

Gordon try the SCMP for 1949-52. My sisters Joan and Cynthia Eager also swam and Cynthia was the record holder. Cynthia went on to represent HK at the 1952 Olympics.

You can be very proud of your sisters Jaon and Cynthia in their swimming efforts as I am sure many others in Hong Kong were. We were all members of the VRC and must have conversed , to mention but a few others like Heather Anderson, Sonny Monteiro and George Saunders.Dancing followed the prize giving after the regular swimming galas.They were enjoyable years.

I am viewing old Hong Kong newspapers for the elusive list of the cross harbour participants, all on line from NZ but I will get there eventually. There are many reports of swimming events where swimmers are mentioned but no comprehensive list of the harbour swimmers - yet.

Thank you for replying. Gordon R.



Forgot to mention that there is a picture of Joan and Cynthia if you unaware in the China Mail of 16.10.1950 (Monday)