New in 1907
A few observations from the 1907 Jurors List:
- There are the usual changes in job title, most commonly with Clerks becoming Assistants, and vice-versa. Most likely their bosses trying to make them feel they'd been promoted without anything really having changed!
- "Stenographer" is a newly fashionable job title. There were none in the 1900 list, four in 1906, and eight this year.
- There seemed to be more Japanese names on this year's list. Here's a quick comparison that confirms it, looking at employees by company over several years of Jurors Lists:
Company 1900 1906 1907 Atala & Co 1 Mitsu Bishi 1 5 Mitsui Busan Kaisha 2 1 1 Nippon Yusen Kaisha 1 2 3 Osaka Soshen Kaisha 1 2 Toyo Kisen Kaisha 2 Total 4 4 14
The addresses are more detailed in the 1907 list, so it's hard to be sure if buildings are new, or just that the full address is given for the first time. Anyway, here are the new addresses in this year's list:
- Accommodation at Quarry Bay is given addresses at last, so there's Corn Hill [sic, today the name is Kornhill], Lyeemoon Terrace, Seaview Terrace, Stanley Terrace, Taikoo Terrace, and the less-than-poetically named Nullah Terrace.
- Kennedy Town appears for the first time. Possibly a side effect of the recent introduction of the electric trams, making it possible to commute from further away.
- "On premises" is given as a residential address more often in this year's list. It might seem odd now, but at that time offices were often built with accomodation for the company's young expat bachelors.
- The Baltimore Hotel at 2, Wyndham Street makes its first appearance. It seems to be an instant hit, as six jurors (seven if we include the hotel manager) give it as their address.
- Junk Bay also makes its first appearance, with seven jurors employed at the Flour Mills there. Later the area would be known as Rennie's Mill, named after the Mr Rennie who founded the mills. The 1907 list shows there were also saw mills and cotton mills in Hong Kong.
- There's also a new Brick Works listed, with the address given as Deep Water bay. I've not heard of this before - has anyone ever seen photos of it?
- 34, Queen's Road Central is a base for several German companies. Jurors from Ullmann & Co. and Weismann, Ld. both give it as their address. I've also noticed it on postcards, where publisher M. Sternberg gives it as his address. In 1907 I believe that 34 Queen's Rd C was the address of the old Hong Kong Club building, suggesting it was split up and rented to various busineses.
- Kowloon continues to grow. This year there's another big jump in the number of jurors living there, with 109 jurors giving Kowloon as their district.