Barbara Anslow remembers old Hong Kong. Part 1: 1927-29
In February I visited Barbara Anslow for a chat about her memories of moving to Hong Kong in 1927, aged eight years old. Below the recording I've added photos and additional notes.
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- 00:27: Barbara as a young girl:
- 00:37: Rosyth Dockyard, Scotland - Map, and Crombie village - Map
- 01:27: Chatham Dockyard - Map
- 02:13: Tilbury Docks - Map
- 02:15: The P&O ship, RMS Rawalpindi:
- 04:41: c.1928 reclaiming off Wanchai using rocks and soil from Morrison Hill:
- 05:18: The Central British School was on Nathan Road at this time. (Later Barbara also calls it "KGV", but that name was only used from the late 1940s onwards.) The old Nathan Road building still exists today, and is now the home of the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO). Here's a photo of staff and prefects at the school in 1933:
- 05:20: A Kowloon Junior School pupil heading to school by rickshaw in the 1930s:
- 06:09: This photo shows the Victoria Junior School in 1969, a later name for the old Garrison School:
- 07:08: Here's the view of the nullah below 98, Kennedy Road, with laundry drying on the railings and the Naval Hospital on the hill in the background:
- 09:30: Looking out over the Bowen Road Military Hospital to the Naval Dockyard:
- 09:40: The Victoria Recreation Club with its swimming baths:
- 09:57: The chimney of the dockyard's generating station shortly after completion:
- 11:15: Launch OC409 at Stonecutters Island for swimming:
- 11:55: Notes on playing "chucks": http://gwulo.com/comment/27301#comment-27301
- 13:39: The King Edward Hotel missing its roof after the big fire:
- 14:40: Barbara's novel is called "The Young Colonials". Unfortunately it is out of print but occasionally second-hand copies can be bought: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Young-Colonials-Barbara-Anslow/dp/189766611X
- 15:30: Sheerness Dockyard - Map
- 15:40: HMS Ganges - Map
Thanks to Barbara for sharing her stories with us, and for everyone who has shared the photos I've used above to illustrate this talk.
Thanks also to Annemarie Evans who lent me a recorder for this trip and gave me helpful tips on how to get a clearer recording.
If you know someone with interesting stories to tell about old Hong Kong, why not have a chat with them and record & share the conversation? You don't need any special equipment or a big budget:
- most modern phones will record a conversation well enough to share
- if you need to make any adjustments to the sound the Audacity software is free to use
- to share it you can post it to Youtube, also free of charge
- then just leave a link to your video in the comments below.
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