Hemp – crop and craft, 1970 RASHKB article highlighting its disappearance in Hong Kong

hemp urtica plant image

James Hayes has kindly given permission for his short article about the production and use of hemp in Hong Kong to be posted on our website, though much of it is taken up with a description of this practice in China. The article was first published in the Royal Asiatic Society (HK Branch) Journal Vol 10, 1970. For further information about […]

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BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Kaiko Maru

BAAG KWIZ #70.6 Kaiko Maru snipped extract

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. These provide information not only about the ships themselves but what cargo was being brought into and out of Hong Kong during the latter stages of WW2, passengers carried, and of godowns, docks etc that were […]

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From Author to Pen Maker – Holia Chow and Rox Industrial

Holia Chow portrait of from 1967 HK Album

York Lo: The Queen of Pens – Holia Chow and Rox Industrial In the 1960s, Hong Kong had a pen manufacturer by the name of Rox Industrial (樂士實業), which made a variety of writing instruments including ballpoint pens, fountain pens, markers, sign pens and mechanical pencils. Although Rox focused on the export market, the firm was known locally as it […]

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The Hongkong Milling Company (Rennie’s Mill)

Hongkong Milling Company Mill circa 1906

HF: The Hongkong Milling Company had a brief existence during the early part of the 20th century. It ended tragically when its prime founder Alfred Herbert Rennie committed suicide by throwing himself off the company launch taking him to the Mill. The company, a major industrial enterprise at that time, is almost forgotten. I wonder also how many people remember […]

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The Sha Tau Kok railway

Spur line branch station at Fanling

Tymon Mellor has sent  this photograph of the railway line and station at Fanling. This shows proper passenger carriages unlike the flat, open waggons shown in the image below. HF I had heard about this almost forgotten branch of the Kowloon Canton Railway but knew almost nothing about it. The line operated for exactly 16 years from 1 Apr 1912 […]

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The Dennis Jubilant bus – specifically designed for Hong Kong, 1977-1981

Bus Dennis Jubilant image www.gakei

HF: The Dennis Jubilant was a front engine double decker bus chassis built by Dennis between 1977 [Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II?] and 1981. It was specifically designed for the contemporary operating environment (hilly roads and “one-man-operation” with a farebox) in Hong Kong. The chassis design featured a set-back front axle, which enabled the front door to be located in […]

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Queries + Answers 9 to 16 revisited – further research needed

Aberdeen 1845

Our first Queries + Answers was posted on 7th February 2013. Here are the Q+A 9 to 16 with subsequently posted Indhhk Group articles below which are relevant to the subject but may not answer the original query. Q+A 9 Peninsula Spinners Ltd + Hong Kong Spinners Ltd Carles Brasó Broggi, is researching two related companies. Peninsula Spinners Ltd. was established in […]

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Royal Asiatic Society lecture – Hong Kong’s Lighthouses and the Men Who Manned Them – Dr. Stephen Davies

Fan Lau lighthouse image Google B Lam April 2015

Dr. Stephen Davies, a regular contributor to our website, will be giving a lecture on Hong Kong’s Lighthouses and the Men Who Manned Them.  This will be presented by the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch, on Friday 7th October 2016. Details provided below. “…in this talk we shall look at the fuller story of how Hong Kong’s waters were […]

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