Ben Line, Ben Line Steamers Limited, originally based in Leith, Scotland

Ben Line Company Logo

Ben Line Agencies (previously Ben Line Steamers) is a Singapore-based shipping agency, operating across Asia. As of 2013, the company had over 110 offices and 2000 employees. Ben Line Agencies operates four specific areas: Port Agency, Liner Agency, Offshore Support and Project Logistics services. The company in its previous form was founded in Scotland in 1825 under the name of Ben Line. […]

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Hang Tai & Fungs Co Ltd – agent and Hung Tai & Fung (Tobacco) Company Ltd

Hang Tai & Fungs Co Ltd Detail Advert HK Sunday Herald 29.10.1950

HF: As demonstrated below Hang Tai & Fungs Company Ltd were the Hong Kong agents for several well known products. I don’t know when the company operated from and to. However, the very similarly named, Hung Tai & Fung (Tobacco) Company Ltd, was formed on 20th November 1952 and dissolved on 30th December 1994. Further information about either company would […]

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Rose, Downs and Thompson – Engineers, Hull and London, branch offices opened in Shanghai and Hong Kong in 1910s

Rose, Downs And Thompson Detail Offices And Showrooms 1917 Courtesy Virtual Shanghai

Rose, Downs and Thompson of Hull, UK was a manufacturer of plant for processing edible oils for making animal feeds and  was also involved in supplying dredgers and excavators. This company biography suggests that in the first decade of the 20th century the company opened branches in bothShanghai and Hong Kong. 1777 Company established. 1871 Christiana Rose, of Rose and Downs, died 1874 […]

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Chan Chi Kee Cutlery, in business since the 1920s, Shanghai Street

Chan Chi Cutlery Image Courtesy SCMP

Chan Chi Kee Cutlery has been business since the 1920s, currently at 316-318 Shanghai Street, specializing in hand-pounded woks and its famous cutlery. ‘Alongside Wo Shing Goldsmith are a few other long-term shopkeepers, who have seen the rise and fall of Hong Kong’s manufacturing industry – selling kitchen tools, especially stainless steel products. Chan Chi Kee Cutlery, for example, has […]

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Kenneth Alfred Wolfe Barry, obituary, consultative work for the KCR early 1900s

KCR Tai Po Market Station Image 1910s From KCR Website

“Kenneth Alfred Wolfe Barry (c1879-1936) Second son of John Wolfe Barry Partner in business with his father, along with A.G. Lyster, Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and G. E. W Crutwell, M. Inst. C.E. J. S. 1936 Obituary: Kenneth Alfred Wolfe Barry , O.B.E., was the senior partner in the firm of Sir John Wolfe Barry and Partners. […]

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Industrial accidents in HK – 500 people killed since 1999

Industrial Accident On Barge Victoria Harbour SCMP 4th May 2016

“Only one person has ever been given a jail sentence – and that was suspended – since incarceration was included in the industrial safety law in 1989, even though hundreds of workers have been killed while transforming Hong Kong into a modern city. The confirmation by the Labour Department prompted calls from labour activists for Hong Kong to learn from […]

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Ingham Sutcliffe, obituary, locomotive superintendent KCR 1915-1919

KCR Steam Locomotive Leaving Kowloon Terminus 1917 KCR Website

“Ingham Sutcliffe who had only recently set up in business as a consulting engineer in Siam, was previously engaged as assistant chief mechanical engineer and superintendent of workshops on the Royal State Railways of Siam. He had held this appointment since 1919 and resigned from government service in 1930. He was born at Bradford in 1880, and after serving as […]

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