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 Michael(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

De Mariekerk
foto: Abbekerk

IJsbrand filming Genua with his 9,5mm camera.
foto: Genua

Videoclip: Gale in the Gulf of Biscaye.

Meeting his colleagues in Singapore
foto: Singapore
..and those in Manila.
foto: Manila

IJsbrand on roof Macdonnell Road 62 in 1949
foto: IJsbrand on roof Macdonnell Rd 1949

Hong Kong, the gigantic city

Hong Kong harbour
foto: Hong Kong haven
Staying in the mess at MacDonnell Road
foto: MacDonnell mess

Des Voeux Road Central
Des Voeux Road Central

The office at Des Voeux Rd. Central, now demolished

Queens Road Central

Ruins of WW2
First exploration

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

Cruising down the river

Video clip: IJsbrand on Big Wave Bay

Climbing the mountains in the New Territories

Tolo harbour, New Territories
Tolo harbour

Xmas party

IJsbrand inspects results of his 9,5mm film

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.

See further:


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 11 October 2017

    © Michael Rogge 2017

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    The above photos also appear in my autobiography in Dutch: