I've listed some of the recent highlights below, but you can visit the What's New page at any time to see all the latest additions to the site.
- Andy is looking for good resources about the history of the indigenous Hong Kong villagers
- The Route TWISK Corruption Scandal in the 1950s
- Notes on the yacht Fantome II, and its visit to Hong Kong in 1923
- The shipyard Geo. Fenwick and Co. [1880-c.1911]
- The fisheries organisation during the Japanese occupation:
Talk on 5 October, and other book news
On Monday evening, 5 October, I'll join May Holdsworth and Christopher Munn in the JC Cube theatre at Tai Kwun to give a joint talk about the recently published book, Crime, Justice and Punishment in Colonial Hong Kong. (The book will be on sale at the event with a special 30% discount.)
May and Christopher will share some of the colourful characters and other discoveries that they encountered during their detailed research for this project. I'll follow up by showing a selection of my favourite images from the book, focusing on several that surprised me. After the talk there is plenty of time for Q&A.
I'm looking forward to hearing what May and Christopher have to say, and also to showing you the images - JC Cube has tiered seating and an enormous screen that make it a great venue for showing off high resolution images.
The first reviews of the new book are also starting to appear.
Written in an approachable style, the book is full of historical data, personalities and anecdotes that illuminate [Tai Kwun’s] history... At once informative and entertaining, it brings both Hong Kong’s judicial system and its early history to vivid life.
Anyone with a passing interest in the city and its colonial past will find something to enjoy in this book. For readers who know Hong Kong well, it might even help to make the familiar strange again. That’s good.
Staying with crime as the theme, Patricia O'Sullivan tells us that her new book, Women, Crime and the Courts - Hong Kong 1841-1941, is nearing publication and lets us know what to expect. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Meanwhile, I'm still working through the photos for the next Gwulo book, cleaning them up and getting them ready to print. Below I've enlarged a few details that caught my eye.
- HK Island
- Cavendish Heights (First Generation) [????-????]
- International Funeral Parlour 萬國殯儀館 - original location [????-????]
- The Scout Camp on the site of Pinewood Battery
- Nos. 8-9 Tai Pak Terrace [c.1920- ]
- New Territories
- Pre-war film of the Shing Mun Redoubt
- Stanley Camp internees:
Click to see all recently added photos.