M+ Exhibition: Shifting Objectives – including a small section on HK industrial products

M+ is the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, as part of the West Kowloon Cultural District, focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design and architecture and moving image. It currently has an exhibition, Shifting Objectives: Design from the M+ Collection which will run until 5th February 2017 which includes a small section on industrial products made in […]

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BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – August 1944 ships under repair in Kowloon Docks

Elizabeth Ride has British Army Aid Group (BAAG) records of shipping movements for 1944-45 in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two. This section of a report (KWIZ #70) is subtitled, Other shipping under repair in Kowloon Docks. I am presuming it covers Aug 1944 as are previous subsections. Ships mentioned are the Minkaku Maru – harbour vehicular […]

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Union Ceramic Industries and Heart Brand Enamelware

York Lo: Union Ceramic Industries and Heart Brand Enamelware Left: Union Ceramic Industries’ ad from 1949 (China Mail 1949-5-26); Right: Union Ceramics’s factory (Source: Ta Kung Pao, 1956-1-1) During the heyday of the HK enamelware industry between the 1940s and 1960s, Union Ceramic Industries (一心搪瓷, hereafter referred to as UCI), the maker of Heart Brand enamelware, had the distinction of being […]

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Current Hong Kong producers of concrete

HF: The Egyptians were using early forms of concrete over 5000 years ago to build pyramids. They mixed mud and straw to form bricks and used gypsum and lime to make mortars. Fast forward to current Hong Kong concrete producers….some of the locations provided are clearly offices rather than production centres. Indhhk articles about any of the companies are linked. As […]

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Dodwell & Company Ltd, 天祥洋行

Dodwell & Company (天祥洋行) “was established in 1858 when W R Adamson and Company (silk dealers) set up in London, with its head office in Shanghai and branches in Hong Kong, Foochow and Hankow. It began to build up an export business in tea and silk, and also a general import business, and began to acquire shipping agencies. The name […]

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Preece, Cardew and Rider – Consulting Engineers for Hok Un power station

Preece, Cardew and Rider were the consulting engineers for a proposed extension of Hok Un power station, Hung Hom in the 1930s. “In 1934 a committee consisting of directors and senior staff was formed to deal with the extensions proposed. It met regularly for the next several years and made many important decisions based quite often on the advice of […]

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