Lane Crawford, founded in 1850, has started a heritage project. It has a file of interesting old photos, many of them unlabelled, which we'll be putting on Gwulo. The individuals in this one, taken in the firm's Queen's Road mess in 1904, were subsequently identified by someone unknown who wrote these brief names, and notes about occupation, on a piece of paper:
[reading from left to right, back row]
Mackintosh - Outfitting
Reeves - Ship Chan [i.e. ship chandlery]
White - Tailor
Anderson - Music
Little - Furnishing
Miller - Ship Chan (Harbour)
Crapnell - Office
Eustace - Outfitting Store Manager
Evans - Grocer
Scriven - Furnishing
Crawford - Office
Bevan - Music (tuner)
Clarke - Hardware, Sports
Brown - Music
? - Tailor (Sorry don't remember the tailor's name)
Hayward - Office
Here's some further information on some of the names but we'd love to know more:
- Crapnell was A.E. Crapnell. According to the SCMP, he went off to work with E.S. Kadoorie & Co in 1910 but in February 1922, when Lane Crawford was incorporated, he became its managing director.
- The Clarke [sic] in the photo may have been E.S. Clark who arrived in 1901 and left in 1908. (There was another Clark, connected with the firm - Duncan - but as a married man he would not have been in the mess. He was a store assistant who, in 1887 married Daisy, daughter of D.R. Crawford - brother of the store's co-founder, Ninian Crawford - at the Union Church. He became a partner in the business in 1901. They had a son, Lindsay, who was educated at Mill Hill School in London.)
- Eustace was William Albert and later became a managing director of Lane Crawford. He retired, and returned to England, in 1927.
- Mackintosh left Lane Crawford and set up his own outfitting business.
- Crawford is possibly Frank Malcolm, son of D.R. Crawford, who was born in 1884. His connection with Lane Crawford lasted until 1928 but was slightly fraught after the family firm became a public company in 1922; at one stage there was legal arbitration. He died in 1939 in Hertfordshire in a house called Craigeburn. The SCMP obituary says he didn't return to HK as a young man until 1908, which is why there's a query if this is actually him. (But the obit also said he was the grandson of Ninian Crawford; he was the nephew.)
- Bevan's initials were H.S. In September 1906 he jumped into the harbour during a typhoon to rescue a Chinese man who'd fallen in, and was later presented with a silver cup in thanks. The man was called Pau Wa Sin and worked in Norddeutscher Lloyd's godown.
- Scriven's initials were H.E. He died in 1932 and his wife and child went to Australia.
We don't know the name of the dog!