The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group

Aug 292015
Industries in the Nai Wai - Fui Sha Wai area, between Tuen Mun and Yuen Long - 1969 dissertation

HF: Victor Sit Fung Sheun wrote his BA dissertation in 1969 on a subject of great interest. Namely the enormous changes that were taking place in a number of villages in the valley between Castle Peak (ie Tuen Mun) and Yuen Long. The area had been agricultural but by the end of the 60s a large number of factories had begun to appear among the plots of vegetables and orchards. During the same period Shatin [Read More…]

Aug 282015
Dairy Farm, Pok Fu Lam - Ming Pao article, effort to preserve what remains...

HF: It seems extraordinary now that there was a farm with 80 imported dairy cattle in 1886 on Hong Kong island. In 1941 just before the Japanese occupation of HK this number had risen to between 1,800 and 2,000.  Where were they? In Pokfulam at Dairy Farm’s estate. Dr. Edward Yiu, Associate Professor of the Department of Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, appears in a Ming Pao newspaper article [Read More…]

Aug 272015
Kung Lee Steam Ship Company Ltd - Harry Long's personal experience

HF: I learnt about this company through the personal effects of Harry Kin Hong Long who briefly worked for Kung Lee from March to July 1923. Harry worked on two ships, the Kwong Mo and the Tin Ming as can be seen in his appointment letter below. Julia Bradshaw has kindly given permission to quote from her book, Golden Prospects…which finds Harry “working for the Kung Lee Steam Ship Company as superintendent and engineer on boats [Read More…]

Aug 262015
Tyco (HK) Ltd - toymaker, 1976 photos, can you identify the personnel?

Philip Edward Kenny has sent a link to a set of photos on Flikr of employees and equipment inside the Tyco (HK) “factory” building in 1976. I believe these photos were uploaded by Doug Price. And if you are any of these people, or know who they are, it would be great to hear from you: Hugh Farmer indhhk [at] gmail [dot] com But first some background information about Tyco Toys which by the early 1990s [Read More…]

Aug 252015
Fook Hing Oil Company and Chan Lim Pak, Japanese collaborator

York Lo: For more details about Fook Hing Oil, please refer to Stanley Kwan’s “The Dragon and the Crown: Hong Kong Memoirs”. Stanley – better known as the father of the Hang Seng Index – was actually related to Chan Lim Pak by marriage – his father in law Chan Yue-chik was Chan Limpak’s 9th uncle. (Yuechik’s father and Limpak’s grandfather Chan Kaiyuan founded the first modern silk weaving mill in China). During the Japanese occupation [Read More…]