John ARNOLD [????-????] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

John ARNOLD [????-????]

Names
Given: 
John
Family: 
Arnold
Sex: 
Male
Status: 
Deceased

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?

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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

1884 s Arnold Thomas Accountant Bank Buildings       Queen's Road Central

1894: 

s Arnold Thomas Secretary H., C. & M. Steam-boat Co., Ltd.   55 Wyndham Street

1900:

s Arnold Thomas Secretary HK., C. & M. Steam-boat Co., Ltd. 4 Albany

1903:

Arnold John Assistant Steam-boat Co.     4 Albany

1907:

c Arnold John Accountant Hongkong, Canton & Macao S. P. Co.     9 Humphreys Avenue Kowloon

1908:

Arnold John Accountant Hongkong, Canton & Macao S. P. Co. 3 The Albany   Peak Road  

1915:

c Arnold John Accountant HK., C. & M. Steamboat Co., Ld. 3 King Edward Hotel    
 

1916:

Arnold

John

Accountant

HK., C. & M. Steamboat Co., Ld.

3

 

35

Conduit Road

1917:

Arnold John Accountant HK., C. & M. Steamboat Co., Ld. 10 Tregunter Mansions   May Road

1918:

Arnold John Acting Secretary HK., C. & M. Steamboat Co., Ld. 10 Tregunter Mansions   May Road  

1920:

Arnold John Secretary HK., C. & M. Steamboat Co., Ld.     10  Kennedy Road
 

1921:

s Arnold John Secretary HK., C. & M. Steamboat Co., Ld.   Hongkong Hotel

1922:

s Arnold John Secretary HK., C. & M. Steamboat Co., Ld. 10 Tregunter Mansions

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.