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2006 March 25
Great website. I am an American but an unabashed Anglophile - ever since living in Hong Kong in the early 1960s.
For some reason a few American children including myself were enrolled at Victoria Junior School. Three great years - I
loved Victoria Barracks. Once a week we could go to the NAAFI for fish and chips. I think we also went to the Seaman's
for fish and chips also.
One of my hopes is to travel to England soon - and I especially wish to travel to Cornwall and see the Tamar river - the
eponym for HMS Tamar a troop ship which ended its life in Hong Kong and I understand is the eponym for the RN base. I
remember swimming in the salt water pool at HMS Tamar. For some reason we alternated swimming lessons between the Victoria
Barracks pool and the Royal Navy pool.
My father was manager for Dairy Farm - on loan from his American company for three years. He became good friends with
Mr. John Parker, the Headmaster of Victoria Junior School when I was there.
My last visit to Hong Kong was in 1986. I visited my parents who had returned to live in Hong Kong from where my father
did business in China. I hope to visit again in the next few years.
2006 March 23
I enjoy viewing your website very much. Very well documented and can't help but spent lots of time to read your 50s
and 80s Hong Kong China section. Both of my parents are Chinese from Hong Kong and I was born in California USA
in the mid 70s. I was rasied in Hong Kong during the 80s and I always listened to my grand parents talking about
their pasts, how they migrated to Hong Kong from China, how they managed to survive the Japanese invasion...etc. Thank
you for your time and devotion to this website and it sure does serve the purpose of preserving history.
I do have a comment on one of the pictures on the 80's Hong Kong section. The picture page titled "Kowloon Skyline"
seems incorrect because in the picture there is a tram on the road which only exists on Hong Kong Island. Judging
from the locations of the buildings, I think the photo was taken on the border on Central and Wan Chai facing Wan Chai.
2006 January 28
My father was in the REME, stationed in Hong Kong for a time. Due to my age, (57) some memories are clear and some
are not. We did a split tour of the Far East, 18 months in Hong Kong then 18 months in Singapore.
We came home in 1959, so were in HK from 1958-59 approx. Memories are of going out on the troopship Dunera,
(6 weeks) and staying in a block of flats. I am pretty sure we lived at 39 Railway Hill. The flats had a big water tank
on the roof, allowing water all day, when the locals had theirs turned off.
2006 January 24
I was a USMC Marine on the Ticonderoga (CVA-14) carrier during several visits to HK in the mid-50s.
I enjoyed your photo of the Seaman's Mission where I stayed several times.
Do you recall the Maryknoll House where Catholic missionaries stayed to rest?
I took a tour of the place once and the priest there showed us where a group of Canadian soldiers were murdered
by the Japanese during their HK occupation. This place was on a hill and maybe it overlooked Stanley fishing village.
Great site, thanks.
Harry: I just left a message re. Ticonderoga aircraft carrier and thought of another place I wanted to see if you
knew of its fate. The place was on Queens Road and was named Parisian Grill.
I had dinner there one night with two RAF pilots and it was a great place.
I have heard rumors that it has disappeared with the building of many skyscrapers now.Thanks again for the great site.
2006 January 14
There is a mention of a headmaster of Stanley Fort school between 1954-58.
My father George Cannon was the head there for most of that period
2005 December 8
I am the Editor of the AWARE magazine, a monthly magazine, produced by the American Women's Association of Hong Kong.
I am wondering if we can have your permission to use any of the photos of HK during the 1950's for our upcoming 50th
Anniversary Issue this February. It would be so amazing and inspiring for members to see what our home looked like
during the time of the organization's inception.
Please let me know. This site is a wealth of information and I am so happy to have found it.
Thank you for your amazing work. It has been so helpful to me and I'm sure to many others.
2005 November 5
Interesting site. Have only just started on the computer so hope this works!
Someone wanted details of the 367 Signals unit. (Comment dated 7th March 2005)
2005 November 5
I lived in Hong Kong from 1953 to 1963. The early years in Kowloon and then we moved to a modest flat on the peak.
My father worked as chief officer for RIL. Good to see some photos of how it was. Almost unrecognisable now.
2005 September 18
I've found it very interesting to read your snippets about Hong Kong.
I was 3 months old when I first arrived. We, my Mum and Dad and older brother took up residence at 8 Hillwood Rd.,Kowloon.
That was in 1933. In 1936 my younger brother was born in KOwloon Hospital. My older brother and I, in time went to school
at the Gun Club or Garrison school. At every opportunity, I fronted up at the Alhambra Cinema where I proudly flashed
my Popeye Club Badge, sometimes I'd go to the Majestic. Dad worked in Kowloon Dockyard as a Rigger Diver.
I recall Christmas parties at the China Fleet Club and one of the popular dance tunes was the Lambeth Walk.
We lived at No8 until in 1940 Mum, my two brothers and I were suddenly driven to the dockyard at Kowloon with just
one piece of luggage, a cabin chest. We boarded a launch and were shipped across to Hong Kong side and boarded the
"Empress of Japan" ironically. Accompanying us to the ship was our dearest family friend we called Uncle Harry
(Harry Gorman)of Dockyard Police. We boys didn't want to leave. We'd never heard of Australia, but Uncle Harry and Dad
convinced us that there were cowboys in OZ. That sold us and we were rearing to go. Most of us Hong Kong evacuees
kept in touch throughout the war. We had quite a few school chums who all stuck together.
To cut a long story short, after the war we went back to UK, where we finally were reunited with Dad who'd spent the war
years in Sham Shui Po P.O.W. Camp. I found that I couldn't settle in England., so Mum and Dad agreed to let me emigrate
back to OZ. It wasn't as if I was going to a strange country, I had lots of friends and had no trouble finding
a sponsor. So, in 1948 at the age of fifteen, I set off to a new life.
I made a couple of short holiday trips back to see the family.
In 1996 I flew to Scotland ,where my elder brother had made his home. He was recently retired from the R.N.as a Lt.
Commander and was also recently widowed.
I'd flown to UK by Cathay Pacific and as Hong Kong was their homebase, I suggested as he was at a loose end why don't
we both fly out to HongKong for a holiday, say for one day for every year we had lived there. Which meant a seven day
Fortunately, my elder brother who'd served in the Fleet Air Arm had made a few trips to HK over the years.
He had made a point in keeping in touch with the family of Dad's old No.1 Man who'd been responsible for Dad's crew
whilst Dad Was plodding around the bottom of HK harbour and making sure the air pump was kept going.
That trip in 1996 was my first back in HK.after an absence of 56 years. I have been going back every two years,
except for last year.
I can still find my way around and find places I'd explored as a child. I even introduced our Chinese family
to Signal Hill, who were totally unaware of it's existence.
I hope to make at least one more trip back, when my breathing improves, because the hills don't become less steep.
The last two times I went was in Nov-Dec and the humidity was almost non-existent.
Anyway, that's my lot. As my kids say, get him started and be prepared for a long session.
They bought me a computer to record all my waffling. I've written over 120 pages and haven't managed to get past 1958,
having now been side-tracked into trying to record the Family Tree. Neither task can I see me completing.
I should have started at least 60 or so years ago when a lot of the ancestors were either still alive or still had a memory.
Each time I go to Hong Kong I seem to leave a piece of my heart there. Before I get going again I just remembered
being able to roller-skate down Nathan Road, keeping up with the Rickshaw Boys.
Ah! What memories.
2005 May 8
Thought I'd drop you a line to tell you how much I enjoyed viewing your website.
I can, of course, identify with much of the material therein, having been born
(in 1930) in Hong Kong and having lived there for almost three decades.
More than that, our family in 1946 welcomed chaps from the RAF, NAAFI,
and the Commandos into our home on Prince Edward Road for a family cooked meal.
My website URL: DiasporaMacaense.org
2005 March 23
I served in Hong Kong 1955-57 with the Royal Signals attached to the 74th LAA Regt,
RA in Whitfield Barracks. Looking for photographs of Whitfield Bks and Nathan Road,
the Alhambra Cinema in that time span. Can you help?
2005 March 7
I am wishing to trace my "baptism certificate" and get an original copy.
My father was in CSOS Saiwan and I was actually baptised at Fort Stanley barracks (Hong Kong) in the year of 1966.
He was in 367 Signals unit. What is my best way of tracing this with the authorities.
Are there any websites or Email addresses you can help me with.
2005 February 10
I am originally from Glasgow and have been living and working in Hong Kong for 4 years.
My parents are currently visiting me to enjoy the Chinese New Year holidays.
We have just returned from a day out at Stanley taking in the sights and enjoying a nice
lunch. When we came home I logged on to look up about the history of Stanley Fort and
found your website. Thank you so much for taking the time to log all your photos and
insights of Hong Kong. It is fantastic to see the images of how this wonderful city
used to be. I really enjoyed learning more about the history and also about part of your
With thanks and best wishes,
Kung Hey Fat Choi! and hope you and your family have a special year of the Rooster.
2005 February 3
Your site attracted my interest as I am interested in the old photos you have taken during your stay in HKG.
I am in my early 40's and I am quite interested in finding old Hong Kong pictures, a place which is growing up with me,
but at a faster pace than I am, I just wish to see what did everything looked like in the 50's, 40's, 30's....etc
your picture archive is informative and interesting, I hope that you can be generous enough to put
more of them on your website.
2005 January 31
Loved your article of Old Hong Kong. I was there to do a film for MGM studios doubling the long shots for
Eleanor Parker in 1957. We worked on Nathan Road, and in Aberdeen and a few shots on the very crowded streets
of Victoria. I had not been able to remember the name of Jimmy's Kitchen, but did remember we had dinner there
every night. It is fun to remember but few words are written about the Hong Kong I remember.
Due to political unrest we were advised to stay at the Gloschestor (sp) in Victoria and the studio cancelled
our reservations at the Peninsula. Thanks so - it was a trip back in time - the way it was and the way I remember it.
2005 January 6
I was in Hong Kong with 27th (A Troop, 6 Bty staioned at Tates Cairn) in 1952 during National Service as a 2nd Lt.
I am putting together letters and drawings I did back then was checking on info re our guns.
Hence came across your site. While there I made a 4mm to 1ft scale models of all the equipment in the troop,
which I still have, and which got a Highly Commended award at the Model Engineer exhibition in London in 1953.
In 1994 I revisited the Tates Cairn site on a stopover to China where I was giving lectures at a couple of
2004 December 19
I was fascinated by your web-site - discovered inadvertently wjile browsing "R E M E" in Hong Kong.
I spent the last part of my National Service at District Workshop REME on the island between the Naval
Base (HMS Tamar) and WanChai. So much of your comments rang bells.
Also I spent much time working overseas in the Gulf and the Caribbean.
Also, Cornwall is my (and my family's) regular holiday base (I worked for Cable and Wireless and
used to visit PK). Ahhhh - Happy memories..
2004 December 15
Enjoyed your description of a squaddies life in Hong Kong in Harry's Stuff.
I couldn't alter a word to improve it. I was with 229 BTY 74th LAA Regiment at whitfield BKS, Isthmus Camp,
and Gun club, 57-58. Not much time for the ossifers, always thought they were useless.
We were on exercise once in storm and the field telephone went dead, the batteries were flat. Our Officer,
from Sandhurst, Lt Handyside, tried to catch raindrops from the guy ropes as they were the next best thing to distilled
water and he didn't want to bugger them up. It would have taken forever had it been a real situation.
Our sargeant peed in them and said. "They won't work for long but this is war, your way, SIR, the enemy will have
wiped us oefore we can get a message through. I have a few more like that - that are hard to believe.
I did visit Stonecutters and have a picture of myself and a load of kids in font of a new junk that was being built.
just thought you'd like to know your page showed up when I inserted (Royal Navy Hong kong 1957)
2004 December 13
Thank you, Harry, for some pictures of HK that brought back memories.
I lived and worked in HK from 1956 to 1962 with Royal Interocean Lines, a Dutch shipping company.
I lived first in Happy Valley, later on Castle Peak Road in the NT. I wasted too much time doing Western stuff,
like playing hockey, playing in a dixieland band, etc., but found time to learn some Cantonese from a local school
teacher, using "First Year Cantonese" published by the Catholic Truth Society (if you finished that in one year you
were a genius). After all these years, I still can exchange some sentences with Cantonese speakers.
I had been back with my wife in 1978 and 1989, and am planning to go there one more time next spring
to see how much it has changed (and how much hopefully has remained the same).
Your pictures of the Central District are really great, although they do make me feel old!
2004 December 8
Thank you for your photographs about old time Hong Kong and your sharing with us on the internet.
I take the chance to show to my toddler son about Hong Kong in the past, to let him know more about this place.
Pardon me for being greedy. If you have some more photographs on hands, please be graceful enough to share with us further.
2004 August 2
I served in Hong Kong from Sept 1954 to Dec 1956 in the 7th Hussars.
I am a widower and now retired.
Returning from a trip to Australia to see my son I booked a week in Hong Kong to see what changes had been made
in the 48 years since I was there.
The Magic was still there for me and it has inspired me to start writing a book,
It's really a kind of retrospective diary, and I am keen to source any items of news,
incidents or snippets of information or even pictures for that period,
my memory isn't as reliable these days and I am having trouble some incidents chronologically.
I hope you can help me. Keep up the good work, best Regards, Trooper.
2004 March 21
Thanks for a great site. I was in the REME between 1976-1988.
I was surfing looking for links to the China Fleet Club when I came across your site.
Dad was in the army and we lived at Victoria Barracks in the early 70's.
The Sailors Mission was still there and I recognised the China Bank.
I am still looking at your pages trying to find out what you did when you left the REME? Thanks for the memories.
2004 March 5
I worked at the China Fleet Club 1969-71 at NPD. US Navy Purchasing Department (attached US Consulate)
Code 600 of Yokosuka Supply Center.
In 1957-58 I was with some Chinese Civilians on Korean DMZ listenting to the North.
2004 March 3
Hi Harry I enjoyed the pictures of 1956 Hong Kong.
I've been looking for some slightly earlier ones for my Father who did his NS there between 1950/52.
I'd be delighted if you could let me have some pointers towards where I can find more.
2004 February 25
What a nice site which brings back fond memories of those lovely days in the fifties.
My Dad was the Headmaster of the Stanley Fort school between 1954 and 1958.
We lived at Conway House at the bottom of the school steps with a fabulous view over the sea,
watching those fishing boat lights disappear into the sunset!!