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BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)<br />
Pic: DominicWinterAuction/BNPS<br />
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Incredibly rural scene by a brook.<br />
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Revealed - A fascinating photo album from the very early days of British Hong Kong...long before the skyscrapers covered it over.<br />
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The 150 year old photos of Hong Kong taken by one of the first British photographers to venture to the Far East have emerged for sale for £15,000.<br />
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John Thomson, who was also a geographer, left Edinburgh for Singapore in 1862 and spent the following decade travelling the region.<br />
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He explored a decidely low-rise Hong Kong from 1868 to 1870, taking numerous pictures of the rapidly expanding settlement and its industrious inhabitants.<br />
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They capture the area, which is currently engulfed in unrest and protest, at a far more tranquil time.<br />
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The photos are being sold with auction house Dominic Winter, of Cirencester, Gloucs.