Per the History section the buildings we knew and loved were occupied by a private school and for many years the Old Boys got together at a dining club at the Central Station Hotel
This was taken in 1926 at such a dining club meeting. Left click the image to enlarge it.
William John Elliot BARKUS was born 18 Jun 1870 at Leopold St Gateshead, son of Robert Barkus and Rebecca Hudson who married 7 Jun 1869
Index from Lloyds Captains Register: 028264 Shields 1894, changed to 036224 Vol 59.
My husband thought he worked for Butterfield and Swire, but his obit states he joined the Scottish-Oriental Co., and then C.N.Co., Ld; and finally the Kailan Mining Administration. He died Chingwangtao on 18 Nov 1923
He had two children Wilfreda ( Freda) Henry Barkus ( My mother -in -law) and a son Robert Leo Barkus, the later was a marine engineer in Hong Kong.served in the Hong Kong Volunteers and died in HK in 1957.