A photographer in Hong Kong at the start of the 20th century. His work includes the book of photos, Through Hong Kong with a Camera.
Can anyone tell us more about him?
His full name was possibly Julius or John Arnold and so far I have found the following publications by him:
1904 (2nd Edition) - Handbook to the West River: being a short description of the chief places of interest between Canton & Wuchow. Published & issued by the Hong Kong, Canton & Macao Steamboat Co., the China Navigation Co. and the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co - Online copy here
c1910 - Scenery on the West River; some views taken on the river between Canton and Wuchow - No copy found online -Available in Ohio here
1910 - In and Around Canton - an illustrated guidebook. Cover here
1910 A handbook to Canton, Macao and the West River. Revised and re-written. No online Copy found. Many reprints (10th edition printed in 1921) Copy at HK Maritime Museum here
1911 - Picturesque Hong Kong. Printed by Tillotson & Son Ltd, Bolton & London - Online copy here
1916 - Through Hong Kong with a Camera. Printed by Hood & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough - Online copy here
unknown - A Day in Macao with a Camera - Partial online copy here and here
He seems to be confused online with a German Doctor Julius Arnold. I have found no evidence they are the same person
John Arnold and possible his father John Arnold worked for the Hong Kong, Canton and Macao steam boat company, which was founded in 1865 and dissolved in 1958 (see here) - They had their own wharf in Western
1884: Thomas Arnold - possibly a father or brother
HK., C. & M. Steamboat Co., Ld.
The last Jurors list in which he appears is 1931
The memoirs of Captain Pritchard state that the Secretary of the HK,C & M, J Arnold, retired in 1931 due to Robert Ho Tung and other Chinese directors feeling they could run the company better than the European directors. Mr Arnold sailed for Canada on retirement - a farewell dinner was held on the SS Kinshan and a gift of a model Chinese Junk was presented to him
Thanks for the extra information. The fact he worked for the Hong Kong, Canton and Macao steam boat company certainly explains his choice of subjects for his books, as they cover scenes along the routes of the company's boats.
I'm almost certain this is my Great-Uncle. Born to Thomas Arnold in 1880/1881 in Hong Hong
Peter Hall's book, In the web, has two mentions of John Arnold:
Also a correction to the comment above - the last Jurors List that John Arnold appears in is the list for 1930 (not 1931):
Do you have the links for these?
Canadian Passenger List 1921
John Arnold age 41 steamship manager en route to Hong Kong birthplace Hong Kong married wife Emily Arnold 161 Sussex Road Southport Lancaashire UK
Passenger List Vancouver Victoria and Pacific Ports August 1934
John Arnold age 54 secretary of a steamship company. Canadian British.
Languages spoken English French German Spanish Italian Dutch
Relative in Canada wife Mrs J Arnold 644 Linder Aveue Victoria BC Canada
Previously visited Canada 1921, 1927, 1931,
From Thomas Arnold's will in which he gives the dates of birth of his children John Arnold born 5 April 1880 Parents Thomas Arnold and Assing a Eurasian woman.
15% off Gwulo's books if you buy in July at the Bookazine e-shop. Click for details.
Click on your area of interest to choose from over 30,000 pages about old Hong Kong:
Or choose a popular article:
Go to: Top of page | Home | What's new