The Fourth Horse: Ma Ping-san (馬平山) of M. Ping San Co., Tin Wah Gourmet Powder Factory and On Wah Perfume Co.

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York Lo: The Fourth Horse: Ma Ping-san (馬平山) of M. Ping San Co., Tin Wah Gourmet Powder Factory and On Wah Perfume Co. Left: trademark registration for M. Ping San Co. in 1938 (HK Government Reports); Right: Ma Ping-san and wife at a charity concert by the Cantonese opera troupe Sin Fung Ming (仙鳳鳴) in 1961 (WKYP, 1961-2-17) Earlier on […]

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The Aircraft Maintenance Industry in Hong Kong – post WW2

c1949

IDJ: Before HAECO came into existence, three companies offered aircraft maintenance services at Kai Tak. JAMCO and PAMAS merged to become HAECO  (Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company) on 1 November 1950. CNAC disappeared from the scene in 1949 when the government in China changed hands and CNAC’s assets were then subjected to a long drawn out legal battle in the […]

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The Hioe family and Yoeng Nam Hien & Co (榮南興)

The Hioe Family And Yoeng Nam Hien & Co Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: The Hioe family and Yoeng Nam Hien & Co (榮南興) From the 1930s to 1960s, Yoeng Nam Hien & Co was one of the leading trading companies in Hong Kong specialized in trading between HK/China and Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia where the firm’s owner the Hioe family had built an enormous fortune tracing back to the late 19th […]

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The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – information and images from c1908

IDJ has sent these extracts from a 1908 book which describe the company and show photographs of its operations. The company was founded in 1862, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (now known as Towngas) was Hong Kong’s first public utility and its original generating plant, the first in Asia, stood on the waterfront at West Point near Whitty Street. […]

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Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981

HF: Desalination (or “Desalting” as it appeared to be called at that time)  was a source of water in Hong Kong between 1975 and 1981. A large desalination plant was commissioned at Lok On Pai, near Tuen Mun, in 1975, but was decommissioned  in 1981 because its operation was more expensive than importing water from Dongjiang in China. A Water Supplies […]

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Wan Hin & Co (德榮建築) a.k.a. Tak Wing Construction

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York Lo: Wan Hin & Co (德榮建築) a.k.a. Tak Wing Construction Left: ad for Wan Hin & Co in the 1950s (HKBCA yearbook), right: ad for Wan Hin’s development Evergreen Factory Building in Chai Wan (WKYP, 1964-12-15) For the 1940s to 1990s, Wan Hin & Co (or “Tak Wing Construction” in Chinese) was one of the leading building contractors in […]

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Hong Kong Hide & Leather Companies – initial notes about this industry

Kwong Fat Yuen Hong C Image 1 York Lo The 150 Year Old King Of Leather

The Hong Kong Hide & Leather Traders’ Association Ltd website suggests there are around 60 Hong Kong companies currently involved in this industry. We have two articles concerning this trade both written by York Lo. * Tung Mow Hides & Leather Factory(同茂皮廠) – pioneer of the HK leather industry * Kwong Fat Yuen Hong (廣發源行) – the 150 year old King […]

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Hong Kong Industry during World War One

HF:  This is an initial attempt to analyse the impact of World War One on industry in Hong Kong. HF: May 2019 I have not been able to research further on the topic since originally posting this article in September 2015 and would be grateful if someone could poke around a bit and send in more information/images on the subject. […]

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Oriental Pacific Mills (東亞太平) – the Largest Wool Textile Producer in HK

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York Lo: Oriental Pacific Mills (東亞太平) – the Largest Wool Textile Producer in HK Left: Oriental Pacific Mills at Sheung Kwai Chung in 1966 (Land Use Survey, HKU Libraries); Right: logo of Oriental Pacific Mills Oriental Pacific Mills (refer to as “OP”) was the largest worsted and woolen spinning group in HK which was formed in 1959 as the result […]

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European Settlements in the Far East – Part Four Macau in around 1900

Vaudine England has kindly sent a link to what she describes as a typically 1900-era directory of the European empires in the east. The author was D Warren Smith. We have already posted the following extracts from this account, Part One – Industries in Hong Kong, Part Two – Shipyards in Hong Kong, and Part Three – The Peak District […]

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