Galesend [1909-1986]

Submitted by annelisec on Fri, 02/12/2010 - 10:07
Current condition
Demolished / No longer exists
Date completed
Date closed / demolished

photos from eBay

Later place(s) at this location

Photos that show this Place


The eBay seller also has some interesting notes about the building and the images shown above:

There are 27 Glass plate negatives 6.5" x 4.75".


Built in 1909 at 109 The Peaks, Hong Kong.  Designed by Charles Henry Gale (RIBA).
I believe these were taken by the occupiers of this beautiful house.  I have quite a few from various parts of England, Norway and HongKong.  All came as one lot.  The address is still in HK, see google earth, but the house is long gone. There is precious little about Gale either. I can only find references to him working for the PWD in Australia and HK, other than he also designed this house.  Very  well done it was, too.
The only other thing I can find about this house is that one can buy reproduction photos of 5 pieces of furniture from the house on the RIBA site.

These plates all are truly unique and original.  Anyone at all interested in the early 20th century international arts & crafts movement will want prints of these negatives. But not from me. My darkroom days are long behind me.
A lot of these plates show signs of being hand made.  Early photographers started with a glass plate and then sloshed a solution over the glass and let it dry before exposing. An enthusiastic amateur with a good income, probably.

My system of showing the negatives I have for sale is really quite crude. I photograph them on a light box and then invert them with my photo editing suite. They will all need to be reproduced through more conventional methods to bring out the best detail.

Interestingly, this advertisement appeared earlier in the year:



EUROPEAN LADY, resident or daily, to look after 2 children of 7 and 8 years.

Apply - 

Mrs. GALE,

109 The Peak.

Hongkong Mar. 28. 1918.                     282"

Source: The China Mail, page 2, 6th April 1918