While working with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan, in 1951 Madge takes a summer holiday to Hong Kong and Singapore. She sails on the Empire Pride to Hong Kong harbour, where she took many snaps of the junks. This photo makes a pair with the next one, and is captioned “Side street – poverty”.

“Main street – wealth.”

Another pair by Madge. “A city of side-streets and alley-ways. Western style near the big banks.”

“Eastern style, Kowloon.”

Madge wanders around the streets of Hong Kong, taking snaps as the urge descends. She blames unfamiliarity with the 35-mm camera for the poor quality. She says the streets are “narrow, crowded, hung with gay signs in both languages”.

“Paper girl – a common sight.”

“It was the height of summer, and life was lived out-of-doors. The majority of poorer Chinese wore the shiny, black oil cloth. It may have been cheap and hard-wearing, but it was hard to believe it was cool.”

“The first sedan chairs I ever saw – real ones and not just story-book ones.”

“On a sunny July day, Liz and I went out to Stanley Peninsula to see the internment camp and cemetary. It was all so beautiful – I’d love to have colour film. A peaceful country cemetary, it was hard to believe its history. After living so happily in Japan for nearly four years, it was strange to go to Stanley and Changi, and remember all these names meant, and why we had come to Japan.”

“Another contrast,” writes Madge. “Two pictures taken at Stanley within a few yards of each other. An Indian millionaire’s villa, and the street running down to the fishing village. But I must add that the millionaire was also a philanthropist.”

The contrast she saw in Hong Kong.

“Liz and I were taken on a drive through New Territories,” writes Madge, “as close as one can go to Communist China. The Chinese peasant women resented having their picture taken, and I had to sneak up on these to get those strange hats, with the black cloth drapery.”

“The Peak – highlight of Hong Kong by day or night. We went up many times – for the view, for a breath of cool air, for the fun of the ride.”