New on Gwulo: 2018, week 24
A summary of what's new and updated on Gwulo:
We're lucky to have had several interesting articles about people added to the site since the last update.
First is a memoir written by Catherine Hellevik, a Russian lady who spent several years in Hong Kong. Her memoir has many of the same ingredients we see in the life stories of other Russian men and women who arrived in Hong Kong in the 1930s-50s. First the family moved east to settle the new lands around Vladivostok, and had initial success. But then they faced a string of wars and upheavals, with the family moving to Harbin, later to Shanghai, then to Hong Kong. Catherine and her son Norman survived the Japanese occupation interned in Stanley Camp, only to have Norman die very soon after liberation due to a doctor's mistake. It would have been very easy for her to become bitter about the problems she had to face, but she ends her account:
'One does not escape one's fate, "Qui sera sera”. One had to be sensible and there was nothing to complain about. All was, and is O.K.'
Second is an extract from John Hansbury's memoir, describing his time in Hong Kong in 1946. He was a young airman with the RAF, taking one last posting before being demobbed. His account describes the tension between wanting to see more of the world, and wanting to get back to routine civilian life. It's also clear how dangerous flying was at that time - to the degree that he chose to travel back to the UK by ship rather than by air. The danger was brought home when he has to undertake a grisly task during his stay in Hong Kong, locating bodies after a plane crashed on Lantau.
Third, we have a a timeline summarising Stephen's research into the life of Alexander Findlay Smith (AFS). Stephen welcomes your corrections and/or additional information. AFS is a well known figure in Hong Kong, as he is credited with starting the Peak Tram and the Peak Hotel. Stephen is using contemporary reports to separate fact from fiction in the later accounts of AFS's achievements.
Finally, Geoff invites readers to document any "first and second hand memories from Shamshuipo of HK Volunteers POW". He's made a start, with memories of:
|If you can share any memoirs, diaries, or other information about people who've lived in Hong Kong, please post them to the website, or get in touch if you need any help.|
Looking for information about:
- Marjory Janet SMITH / GRANT SMITH (née MACEWEN) [c.1849-1919], sister-in-law of Alexander Findlay Smith
- Sing Hop, Ship and House Painter
- Annelise has been discovering all sorts of information about Francis Parkman Knight, the American Consulate officer in Newchwang who may have been father of Sir Ho Kai's second wife, Yuk-Hing Lai.
- Policeman and Stanley Camp internee, John Richard Morris Burney WALL [1910-????]
- George BANKER [1868-1924]
- Dorothy Haslett Hunter
- Lt Col William Maunder Withycombe
We've finished typing up the 1926 Juror's List, and it is now available to view online.
Please can you spare 30 minutes to help us type a page from the 1927 list? You'll create a valuable resource for everyone interested in Hong Kong's history. We've put over 40 years' lists online so far, freely available for all to view.
- Can you help us pinpoint when the Blue Buildings in Wanchai were demolished?
- Tai Tam Intermediate Reservoir [1908- ]
- Can you identify the location of this temple?
- We've identified the location of the Causeway Bay Camp [????-????]
- Where on Castle Peak Road was Dunrose?
- Tai Wan Shan swimming pool [1977- ], built on the site of the old Tai Wan beach
- Thanks to John Butler for his recent review of the Gwulo book on the Asian Review of Books website - he really captures what I hoped to achieve with the book.
- Ghosts on Lugard Road
- Thanks for the additional photos and information about Hong Kong's water rationing
- Can you tell us any more about this masonic medal?
- If you remember the Number Nines from the Gwulo book, there's a lot more to their name than you might guess.
- How Hong Kong used to dispose of its rubbish
- Hong Kong Annual Reports, 1946-1995 are going online
- Thanks to Bernard Charnwut Chan for introducing Gwulo to his readers
Click to see all recently added photos.