SCMP Staff circa 1949.jpg

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 06:25

A photo of SCMP Staff members taken on the rooftop of SCMP offices in 1949 (date inferred from its position in my photo album).  John Prettejohn standing on the very left.  Johnny Luke is 4th row, second from left.  Freddie Wong is on the right of the group of three standing at the rear in the middle of the picture. I only know Uncle Luke and Uncle Freddie in the picture as they were were my godfathers

Date picture taken


My father, Walter Keates, is sitting 2nd row 3rd from left next to Harry Ching. He joined SCMP either late 1949 or early 1950 after being Editor of the China Mail until spring 1949.  We were in England for the summer of 1949 and he flew back to Hong Kong on a Sunderland while my mother and I followed by ship.