New on Gwulo: 2019, week 41 | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 41

A look at what's new on Gwulo.com. Please click on the photos or the blue links for more information - and please leave a comment if you can add any new details.

General

  • Thanks to BM, Grace, kathrynsa, tkjho, and wingcli2015, who've all helped type up the 1931 Jurors List. As usual, the vast majority of the jurors worked as assistants or clerks, but there are some more eye-catching job titles too.
    • The 'Air Pilot' must have been one of Hong Kong's first professional pilots.
    • Did the 'Assistant Official Measurer' spending his day measuring officials?
    • There are also several people listed with the job title of 'Per Pro.' We're more used to writing it as 'pp.', when we sign on behalf of someone else. I guess those 'Per Pro.' entries on the 1932 list had been signed off by another person, and the text was typed into the final document by mistake!
  • We've started typing up the 1932 Jurors List. If you can spare 30 minutes, please join in and help by typing up a page.
  • Book updates:
    • Volume 1 will soon be sold out, so it's time to re-print it again.
    • Ross has started sending me his edits of Volume 3. It's always humbling to find out just how many mistakes I make in my writing!
  • I've listed newspaper mentions of where dragon boat races were held up til WW2. It was part of the research for a photo in Volume 3, looking at how the races moved out from the fishing villages to a broader audience.
  • More Royal Navy vessels: HMS Princess CharlotteHMS L4
  • Les Bird has posted several photos of Vietnamese refugees arriving in Hong Kong, to illustrate his recent talk on RTHK's Hong Kong Heritage.

 


 

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Photos

William Pryor Floyd's last album of Hong Kong photos has some great views taken after the 1874 typhoon, including this one showing the short-lived prison on Stonecutters' Island:

7&8. Stonecutters Island Looking West & North
7&8. Stonecutters Island Looking West & North, by Herostratus

 


 

1890s Victoria Harbour Central
1890s Victoria Harbour Central, by Chris Chan

 

1935 RAF Kai Tak
1935 RAF Kai Tak, by Eternal1966

 

17 Magazine Gap Road
17 Magazine Gap Road, by Philk

 

Wesselingh family archive: dredger "Portugal" in Hong Kong, Causeway Bay Reclamation, 1953
Wesselingh family archive: dredger "Portugal" in Hong Kong, Causeway Bay Reclamation, 1953, by Charles in Shanghai

 

1928 H. M. S/M L3 Entering the Harbour
1928 H. M. S/M L3 Entering the Harbour, by Moddsey

 

Titania 5.jpg
Titania 5.jpg, by William Richmond Fell

 

Titania photo 4.jpg
Titania photo 4.jpg, by William Richmond Fell

 

Titania photo 3 copy.jpg
Titania photo 3 copy.jpg, by William Richmond Fell

 

1950s Bowrington Canal
1950s Bowrington Canal, by Moddsey

 

1900s  Street Barbers - Wanchai ???
1900s Street Barbers - Wanchai ???, by Moddsey

 

1900s HMS Vestal Monument
1900s HMS Vestal Monument, by Moddsey

 

1930s Arsenal Street - Retention of Single Blue Building
1930s Arsenal Street - Retention of Single Blue Building, by Moddsey

 

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"per procurationem" or "per pro" or "p.p." means indeed on behalf of someone else. In business letters it is used as signing on behalf of someone else (e.g. the secretary instead of the director).

Wikipedia says: In German-speaking countries, ppa. (per procura autoritate) indicates that the person signing the document has special authority according to commercial law to sign documents in the name and on behalf of the company that a normal employee or representative of the company does not have.

In my working days I had this special authority given by my company and was allowed to sign in front of my name "ppa" on e.g. contracts. Possibly the people listed in the juror's list had that too.

Thanks Klaus, that's another possibility. We'll see if it continues over several years, or disappears again in the following year's list.