Images of old Hong Kong go online

(4 August 2013)   There’s not a lot of it left. So if just for the sake of nostalgia and the delight of social historians, news that the Government Records Service is preserving more than 8,000 pictures of old Hong Kong, some of which have already been uploaded to its website, will be thrilling.

The collection covers the period from the 1830s to the 1990s, with the earliest image dating from 1837.

Photo subjects include Victoria Harbour; views of Central, Kowloon and the New Territories; portraits; customs and celebrations; transportation; the Shek Kip Mei fire; Kai Tak Airport; housing development; hygiene; education; and, other topics.

Some of the digital photos have been uploaded to the office’s online catalogue. Visitors can also browse different thematic photographic albums via the Government Record Service website.

Read the announcement here: