The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group

Jul 022015
The luxurious junk Cheng Ho, Ah King shipyard built, Standard Oil connection...

Stephen Davies/Hugh Farmer SD: The largest vessel I know for certain to have been built at the Ah King yard, in 1938/39, was the wonderful exploration junk Cheng Ho, 100ft long and with the most marvellous history. She was built for Ann Archbold, daughter of the founder of Standard Oil to amazingly extravagant specs (some of the interior shots are of great luxury) who, “in 1939 … financed the construction of a diesel powered copy [Read More…]

Jul 022015
Log Sawing by hand in Hong Kong

IDJ remembers seeing log sawing by hand particularly in shipyards building wooden junks and sampans but also on construction sites. Many had two or four men pushing and pulling from above and below. They could tear through a log surprisingly accurately and quickly. The frame’s sidebars were used to guide the saw blade in a straight line and achieve the right thickness down the length of the log. This method has since been overtaken by powered [Read More…]

Jul 012015
World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong - water supply

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, water supply… The image on the Home Page is of [Read More…]

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Jul 012015
Rickshaw Makers’ Stores

A Bygone Industry in Hong Kong – Rickshaw Makers’ Stores By Fung Chi Ming The rickshaw is long out of date, but in days past it was a widely used form of urban transport.  For public hire and for private use, it also created new employment.  The first rickshaw in Hong Kong was of Japanese construction.  But, as time went by, the rickshaws that came into use were locally made.  There were many stores involved [Read More…]

Jun 302015
West Point Industrial Reformatory  - opened 1864, first technical education in Hong Kong

Mike T: “The West Point Industrial Reformatory was opened [in 1864], under Ignatius Ip Uen, James How, Aloy Leang and Asam Wan and taught 45 Chinese boys shoe-making, carpentry, tailoring and bookbinding. This institution may certainly be regarded as the first initiative in technical education in Hong Kong. It later received an annual grant of $1,000 from the Hong Kong Government for its work in dealing with delinquents and was the forerunner (operating on the [Read More…]