The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group

Jul 292015
Kwong Yee Company, Porcelain Decoration, Peng Chau, founded c1952

HF: “This industry [porcelain decoration] is quite important in Ping Chau, and there are five such factories there. The porcelain comes from Japan, and occasionally from Kiangsi. When the goods arrive, there are no designs on them, and the pieces are unpacked so that designs are painted on them by hand and later taken to the clints to seal them on. After this has been done, the decorated porcelain is ready to be taken out [Read More…]

Jul 292015
World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong - dockyards

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it up into separate articles. Here, dockyards and shipyards, including the Naval Dockyard, Taikoo, Kowloon, Cosmopolitan, [Read More…]

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Jul 282015
Abandoned Railway Lines, Stations and Tunnels in Hong Kong...and more

Hugh Farmer: Marcus Wong has been in touch after I wrote to him asking if I could publicize his website. He describes himself as a “self confessed train nut” and lives in Melbourne, Australia. His father is from Hong Kong. He says he hasn’t been able to visit here as much as he would like. This is not obvious from the tremendous amount of valuable research he has done into many aspects of railways in [Read More…]

Jul 282015
Tsunan Shipyard during the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945

Elizabeth Ride has sent this brief extract from BAAG Intelligence Summaries written during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, World War Two. Among the smaller shipyards, the greatest activity reported in 1944 was at the Tsunan Shipyard in Tokwawan, North of Bailey´s Yard.  Between 40 and 50 small wooden auxiliary vessels were constructed during the year.  The yard also builds diesel engines, the reported output being 2 engines per month.  Work, however, is believed to [Read More…]

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