A photograph album that was given to an Australian sailor at the end of the second world war in Hong Kong has finally found a home in Baptist University's library archives section. A year spent trying to locate the descendants of those in the album could only turn up the late Reverend Timothy Lin Daoliang, who had connections with the city's Baptist Church. However, none of his family members now reside here, and in the absence of a home, Baptist University confirmed it would take it for the library. 'We will accept the photo album because of its relation to the Baptist Church in China and Hong Kong, and to Reverend Lin who was a Baptist preacher here,' said Irene Wong Suk-mei, of the university's special collections and archives section. 'It's unlikely we'll be able to identify anyone else as the pictures date back to the 1930s and the people will have passed away long ago. But we will preserve it and keep it in our archives for research purposes.' This brings to an end a long and memorable story. The album was obtained by Carl Maddalena in 1945. Maddalena, posted to Hong Kong with the Australian navy at the end of the war, reluctantly accepted the album from a starving middle-aged man in a Hong Kong street to whom he tried to give money for food after the Japanese occupation. The man insisted on giving him the album in exchange. Over the years, owning the album had made Maddalena increasingly uncomfortable and he contacted the South China Morning Post a year ago in the hope it could be returned to the owner or his descendants. Maddalena was not annoyed that no family members claimed it and was content just to know the album would be treated with care and kept for posterity. 'It's a dream come true that the photo album is back where it belongs and that a rightful home has been found for it,' said 88-year-old Maddalena, who is enjoying his retirement in Queensland, Australia. 'I'm so happy. This is all I ever wanted. For this to happen is wonderful and the perfect end to what has been a very long story for me.' The Post discovered that the album belonged to the family of Lin after Benson Lai Fu-hong of the Alliance Bible Seminary in Cheung Chau identified Lin in the album as the fourth figure from the left in the front row of a group photograph taken in 1937. Lai said the photograph was taken in the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Wuzhou . Lin spent a short time in Shanghai and settled in the United States. He founded the First Chinese Baptist Church of Los Angeles in the 1960s, and was president of the China Evangelical Seminary in Taipei. He died in October last year at the age of 98. However, in 1945, Lin had a son, Samuel Lin, with his second wife Gracie Wu Ng after he moved to California. Samuel Lin later retired as an assistant surgeon general with the US Public Health Service. Through a family friend by the name of Benny Wong, a senior pastor of the First Chinese Baptist Church in Los Angeles, the Post contacted Samuel Lin and sent scanned photographs from the album by e-mail for him to look at. But after a long and drawn-out process, Samuel Lin eventually brought the subject to a close, saying: 'Only dad would be able to recognise anyone in these pictures. I don't have a clue as to any identities and so have little use for the album.'