The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group

May 292015
Hong Kong made Felt Hats - 22 factories in 1955

  IDJ writes – This excerpt comes from a very useful book published by the Hong Kong government’s Department of Commerce and Industry dated 1955. It is a typical 180 page government handout to prospective overseas buyers outlining where Hong Kong is in the world and what the colony can sell or make for you. Essentially a commercial buyer’s guide to Hong Kong, possibly published annually. HF continues:-   This advert from about 1955 is [Read More…]

May 292015
Collection and export of metals, vehicles, machinery etc during the Japanese occupation, WW2, Part One

Elizabeth Ride has sent a number of British Army Aid Group (BAAG) reports regarding Japanese efforts to collect metals, vehicles, machinery, coins etc for export, mainly to Japan, during their occupation of Hong Kong (WW2). HF: She has kindly added references to assist searching. This was a considerable effort on Elizabeth’s part to search for and order a number of BAAG reports. I would like to record my grateful thanks to her for this and [Read More…]

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May 282015
Cross harbour road tunnel - link to planning of Shing Mun reservoir, late 1920s?

AC wrote a comment following the article, Cross Harbour bridge proposal – road 1901, tram 1920s. “There were suggestions (not detailed proposals) during the planning of the Shing Mun Reservoir scheme to construct a road tunnel together with the cross harbour pipeline, much like the first Lion Rock Tunnel for the Plover Cove scheme. It was however not taken forward.” AC adds,” I came across this last summer at the UK’s National Archives in London. [Read More…]

May 272015
Possible new Hong Kong Mines - 1970s

Tymon Mellor: In the late 1960’s the HK Government commissioned a comprehensive geological survey of Hong Kong, to establish and document the territories geology. The Geological Survey of Hong Kong, was undertaken between 1967-1969, and published in 1971. The report was prepared by the Overseas Division of the Institute of Geological Science, working for the Ministry of Overseas Development (London) and the HK Government. In addition to the published document, a study was also undertaken [Read More…]

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May 262015
Ping Shan - proposed airport for Hong Kong

By IDJ  When Hong Kong was liberated in September 1945, one of the military groups diverted to assist restoring the city’s electricity, gas and water utilities and railway was the Royal Air Force’s No. 5358 Airfield Construction Wing that was part of Shield Force. This fleet of Royal Navy Cruisers and Aircraft Carriers plus their support ships were transporting 3000 airman and all the equipment and machinery needed to construct airfields on islands close to [Read More…]