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To Hong Kong in pictures 1948 - 1950
At institute 'de Ginckel, Naarden'. IJsbrand/Michael fourth from the left
After completing his education at the HBS in Deventer, Netherlands, in 1948 IJsbrand is faced with making a choice for his future career. He is urged to apply for a training course at an institute of a Dutch commercial bank, the Nederlandsch-Indische Handelsbank. Not that it was his first choice but he is consoled by the fact that it gives him an opportunity to escape the narrow boundaries of his homeland and travel East.
Last view of father in 1949
Video clip: Last birthday party in Amsterdam 1949 (click)
Shipping label, july 1949
IJsbrand filming Genua with his 9,5mm camera.
Videoclip: Gale in the Gulf of Biscaye.
Meeting his colleagues in Singapore
..and those in Manila.
IJsbrand on roof Macdonnell Road 62 in 1949
Hong Kong, the gigantic city
Hong Kong harbour
Staying in the mess at MacDonnell Road
Des Voeux Road Central
The office at Des Voeux Rd. Central, now demolished
Queens Road Central
Video clip: Walking to the office from Battery Path to Des Voeux Road
Ruins of WW2
De Star ferry to and from Kowloon
He meets Buddhist John Blofeld in Shatin
Mr. Woo of the Pure Land Buddhist Society
Buddhist Pure Land ceremony
Starferry to Kowloon
Sailing with manager Morhaus at Repulse Bay
Cruising down the river
Video clip: IJsbrand on Big Wave Bay
Climbing the mountains in the New Territories
Video clip: Arrival of St. Nicolaas in 1950.
Tolo harbour, New Territories
IJsbrand inspects results of his 9,5mm film
Video clip: Firecrackers at Chinese New Year
Video clip: IJsbrand on the roof of MacDonnell Rd. mess 1950.
Entertaining the crew of a Dutch warship on its way to Korea.
Doing Macao by bike.
Fireworks home industry in Macau
Dancing with Joy at Queen's birthday party.
Recommended reading: Booth, Martin: Gweilo. Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood (2005)
Morris, Jan: Hong Kong(1997)
Recapitulation of previous pages with photos and clips
On the web since 17 September 2006. Revised 15 January 2014
© Michael Rogge 2014
Of my films taken in Hong Kong DVD's are available in Hong Kong!
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The above photos also appear in my autobiography in Dutch:
Naar Hong Kong. De jaren 1949 - 50
Hong Kong 1950-51
A collection of my photo's of Hong Kong Kong in the fifties have been exhibited in 2010 in the Tao Evolution Gallery, Hong Kong
For more of my 150 video clips on Hong Kong search YouTube with 'michael rogge hong kong'