Charles Gesner van der Voort (1916-1991) had started his career in Rotterdam, at Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC). In 1938, he went to Shanghai for the firm. The Japanese interned him, and most other Dutch nationals, from 1943-45.
Holland-China Trading Company, Hong Kong office in 1918
In camp, he met his wife Nancy and they married after the war. After a leave in the Netherlands, they returned to the Orient, where Charles continued to work for HCHC in Hong Kong.
Twenty years before Charles started, in 1918, a photo album was made of the Hong Kong office and office staff. The office also housed the Nederlandsch Indische Handelsbank.
Holland China Trading Company: Hong Kong compradores office, 1918
Holland China Trading Company: Hong Kong office product department, 1918
Holland China Trading Company: Hong Kong office samples room, 1918
Holland-China Trading Company, Hong Kong office at 16 Des Voeux Road Central, 1918