Caldbeck, MacGregor & Company Ltd – HK branch opened in 1889

Caldbeck, MacGregor Wine Merchants China Mail 4.10.1891

“The firm of Messrs. Caldbeck, Macgregor & Co., established in 1864, is the largest and best known in the wine and spirit trade in the East. The headquarters are in Rangoon Street, Crutched Friars, London, and there are branches in Glasgow, Shanghai, Hongkong, Singapore, and Tientsin; whilst agencies have been established at Port Arthur, Chefoo, Weihaiwei, Kiaochau, Hankow, Foochow, Taiwan, […]

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The Macau Aerial Transport Company – first commercial airline company to be established in Hong Kong or Macau

Macau Aerial Transport Company Aeromarine Float Plane At Repulse Bay Photo Cliff Dunnaway, Chic Eather

“… Macau Aerial Transport (MAT) was the first commercial airline company to be established in Macau or Hong Kong. [Founded by Charles de Ricou he] found it wise to set up MAT as a British company but public opinion in Macau was generally against having yet another ‘foreign’ enterprise in their midst. The Government of Macau, however, sensing the obvious […]

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Sim Air Limited – helicopter company

Sim Air Ltd Bell 206B Jet Ranger Helicopter IDJ

Many thanks to IDJ for sending the brief magazine article below. He believes that the short lived, mid 1970’s, helicopter company may have been based on Lamma island. Can anyone verify this? The image shown below accompanied the magazine article. The smart Bell 206B helicopter sometimes encountered in flights around the Colony is operated by Sim Air Ltd., and flown by […]

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The oil tanker Paludina – HK & Whampoa Dock built 1921

The Paludina was constructed in 1921 by the HK & Wampoa Dockyard (construction number 580). She sailed for the Anglo Saxon Petroleum Company and Shell Tankers UK. Tonnage: 8,881 She was discarded for scrap in 1936 in Japan.(1) This article was first posted on 20th May 2017. Sources: helderline tanker paludina Related Indhhk articles: Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company – several ships built […]

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A R Marty et Cie, Hong Kong trading house, established 1874 and Marty et d’Abbadie, Haiphong, Indochina

Marty & D'Abbadie, Haiphong E Hatingx M&D'A Haiphong

“The French merchant Auguste Raphael Marty (1841–1914) established his own trading house, A. R. Marty et Cie, in Hong Kong in 1874. Information about this Hong Kong company appears thin on the ground – further details would be gratefully received. Stephen Davies suggests that Marty in HK was only ever a shipping company office.  Following the acquisition of northern Indochina […]

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Duro Paint Manufacturing Company – initial notes

Duro Paint Company was established in 1937. 1948  Orient Paint merges with the Duro Paint Manufacturing Co. in Hong Kong.(1) During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong Duro Paint remained in operation. (As did China Paint and The National Lacquer and Paint Products Co Ltd.) After the WWII, China Paint, NLPP, Duro Paint and Island Paint quickly resumed productions. In 1946, […]

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Getz Bros & Company in Hong Kong

Getz Bros & Company, Advert For Hills Bros Coffee, HK Telegraph 31.5.1924

“Getz Bros. & Co.- America’s largest non-commodity international marketing and services company – traces its beginnings to 1860 and a place called Lower Lake, California, a frontier area one hundred miles north of San Francisco. Joseph Getz, a Prussian immigrant, opened a general store there that served farmers in the area, selling dry goods and groceries. By the early 1880s […]

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Tung Tai Tseung Kee & Company, 同泰祥記, engineers and shipbuilders, 1897 to c1945

This following is from a 1908 account: “This well-known firm of engineers and shipbuilders was originally established by Mr Choi Chik Nam, in 1897, for the purpose of building and repairing steam launches, river craft etc. Two workshops are now kept busy – one at Yaumati, and the other at Praya East, Wanchai – and afford employment for close upon […]

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