Graham Collins’s father was a sergeant in the Royal Air Force stationed at Kai Tak during 1956 and 1957. Collins and his mother flew out to join him in late 1956, staying at an apartment on Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, and then moving to the Married Quarters on Sunderland Road, Kowloon Tong.

He shares photos taken by his father of a very different Hong Kong in the late fifties, including shots of the famous Tiger Balm Gardens, which were demolished in 2004.

Waterloo Road.
Collins and his mother.
Eucliffe “castle” at Repulse Bay.
Road leading to the Observatory, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Graham Collins – the centre of attention at the Park below Signal Hill.
Kowloon City.
Tiger Balm Gardens.
Collins with his mother, Tiger Balm Gardens.
Tiger Balm Gardens.
The Park below Signal Hill with The Peninsula Hotel in the background
Kowloon Station clock 1956/7.
The family home at No. 20, Observatory Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Sunderland Rd RAF Married Quarters.
Rosary Church, Chatham Rd South.
The park below Signal Hill.
Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

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