Taikoo Dockyard Managers – James Reid, 1910-1926

Taikoo Docks Managers d snipped

IDJ has sent a series of articles about managers at Taikoo Dockyard: The first manager Philip Forster Nicholson, 1907-1910, “was succeeded by James Reid, who was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire,[Scotland], and passed his early life at Troon, serving his apprenticeship with the Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. He remained with this company to rise to Chief Ship Draughtsman and Assistant Yard Manager […]

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Beer in Hong Kong – Part Four – The Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers Ltd 1930-1935

H B Beer advert from Beer in Hong Kong Martyn Cornell snipped extract

Martyn Cornell has kindly given permission for extracts from his article, A Short History of Beer in Hong Kong, to be posted on our website. The article was published in the Journal of the Brewery History Society, Brewery History, Issue 156, 2012 Martyn has his own blog, Zythophile – Beer now and then, linked below. Despite its title the article is […]

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BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, March 1943, ship repair and maintenance

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 snipped extract

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence summary of February and March 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two. In particular they list and describe time spent in a number of Hong Kong shipyards undergoing repairs and maintenance. The ships […]

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Sir Jack Cater, pre-ICAC first Director of Agriculture and Fisheries plus other related organisations

Jack Cater image

HF: It was with interest that I was told recently that Sir Jack Cater began his career in Hong Kong in 1946 as a cadet officer in the Fisheries Department, held various related posts and became Director of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1964. In February 1974, he was appointed first Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) by Governor MacLehose following […]

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NV Hollandsche Aannemings Maatschappij (HAM) – Dutch dredging company connected to several HK projects

HAM dredger 308 image from dredgepoint website

HF: Our piece, Dredging Marine Sand – Container Terminal 6, 1987 article, says that the dredging was undertaken by the Dutch company HAM. HAM has been involved in several Hong Kong projects including Chek Lap Kok airport, Disneyland, Container Terminals 6 + 7, Repulse Bay beach, Lamma Island Power Station, Tsing Yi Island, West Kowloon (Phase One) and the North Lantau […]

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Lantau Island Industry – updated

Kau Shat Wan explosives depot article from IDJ 002 - enlarged image

HF: This article is the result of several people’s research into industrial development, lighthouses, log ponds, manufacturing, mining, reservoirs, salt, shipyards, tea, timber mills, transport, utilities and other related topics on Lantau Island. If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to the list, it would be good to hear from you. I can then […]

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Taikoo Dockyard Managers – Philip Forster Nicholson, 1907-1910

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IDJ has sent a series of articles about managers at Taikoo Dockyard: The first manager, appointed in 1907, was Philip Forster Nicholson, who was born at West Bolden near Sunderland in 1872, his father being a North East Coast shipowner. In 1898 he joined R.& W. Hawthorne Leslie & Co., Ltd, and in 1902 was appointed their Shipyard Manager at […]

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Yat Ming Industrial Factory Ltd – HK toy car maker

Yat Ming Maserati Bora car snipped image from Wikipedia

Richard K recently left a comment under our article, Dinky Toys, made in Hong Kong by Hong Kong Industrial (HKI), which mentioned that some of the Dinky cars he had recently purchased looked similar to those made by Yat Ming. Some initial information about Yat Ming – can anyone supply further details about this Hong Kong company? “Yat Ming (formerly called Yatming), […]

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Yuen Kut Lam – producer of Kam Wo tea – vanishing HK trades

Yuen Kut Lam Tea  image of manager Yuen Yee Lum SCMP 21.6.15

Mary Anne Le Bas has sent an SCMP article, Six home-grown Hong Kong trades at risk of dying out, published on 21st June 2015. The fifth of these is a product that has been around for around 200 years. The company was founded by current manager Yuen Yee Lum’s great-great-grandfather in Guangzhou, in 1835. Mr Yuen believes his is the last company making […]

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