Swire Duro Ltd – paint manufacturer

IDJ has sent the following, undated, brief account of Swire Duro Ltd: “Swire Duro Limited was for many years known in Hong Kong for its decorative and industrial coatings. However, while it continues to manufacture paint at its purpose-built factory on Tsing Yi Island, the bulk of its output now goes to the joint venture company, ICI Swire Paints Limited, […]

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Yu Kwen Yick Food Products Mfy Ltd – founded 1922 – chilli sauce maker, Sai Ying Pun and Aberdeen

Yu Kwen Yick Food Products Mfy Ltd Detail Chilli Sauce Image From Www.ztore.vom

“We’ve had shops there, there, there and here,” says Antony Yu Kai-chiu, director and general manager of chilli-sauce maker Yu Kwen Yick, as he points out various shopfronts on Third Street, in Sai Ying Pun. Yu Kwen Yick has only strayed once from Third Street – and that was for a four-year stint on nearby Second Street. “We’ve always been […]

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Arthur Rylands Lowe – HK’s first accountant, clients included several industrial companies

Arthur Rylands Lowe Image Wikipedia

Arthur Rylands Lowe (22 June 1873 – 31 May 1924) was a British accountant and the first full-time professional accountant in Hong Kong. Lowe was born on 22 June 1873 in Manchester. He was educated at the Hulme Grammar School and later joined Parkinson, Mather & Co., chartered accountants of Manchester and London. He moved to Hong Kong to join Butterfield […]

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Hong Kong Electric – pioneer of mechanised tunnelling in 1989

Hong Kong Electric Image Only Modern Tunnels Unlikely To Be Visited By The Public IDJ

IDJ has sent this 1997 article published on behalf of the HK Academy of Engineering Sciences and HK Institution of Engineers. “In 1989 Hong Kong Electric pioneered the introduction of mechanised tunnelling to Hong Kong, accepting the only bid that proposed the use of a tunnel boring machine for the construction of a 5.7 kilometre, 5 metre diameter cable tunnel […]

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Wilks & Jack Ltd – early 20th century Engineers and ship designers

Wilks & Jack Ltd Shop Image Early 20thC HK University Library

“This firm was founded in 1902 by Mr. E. C. Wilks, as a marine engineers’ and surveyors’ bureau. Mr. Wilks was joined in 1903 by Mr. W. C. Jack, formerly Ingenieur en Chef of the Tonkin River Mail Service, and late assistant manager at the Kowloon establishment of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Company. During the five years of […]

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The Hong Kong Match Factory – 1949 strike, 64 workers imprisoned

Hong Kong Match Factory, Headline Second Detail, Strikers Imprisoned Sunday Herald 1.1.1950

STRIKERS GET THREE MONTHS IN PRISON “Sixty-four men and women strikers of the Hong Kong Match Factory were sentenced to three months hard labour at Central yesterday. The strikers on Friday had refused to sign a bond of $50 to be of good behaviour for two years following a disturbance they created in the Factory’s offices in the Bank of […]

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Cookson & Company Ltd, paint manufacturer, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, HK advert 1924

Cookson & Company Ltd, Paint, Detail Advert, HK Telegraph 31.5.1924

“Cookson and Co of Milburn House, Newcastle-on-Tyne 1827 Cookson and Co established soda works at South Shields; Thomas Doubleday gave them the plans of his chamber, furnaces, etc, when they established the works[1] 1852 Messrs J Cookson were lead merchants at Upper Thames Street, London, with manufacturing works at Newcastle[2]. 1855 William Isaac Cookson and Co, were paint and colour […]

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The Peak Tram – How it works

Peak Tram The Heart Of The Matter How It Works D Detail Main Engine Overhaul Overhaul Team Appear To Be Taikoo Dock Technicians IDJ

“With its outstanding record of safety and continuity, the Peak Tramways Company has always been conscious of the requirement to keep the Tramway’s operational heart in top shape. Surprisingly, since the beginning, the haulage plant has seen only one complete change – in 1926 when the original boilers ans steam engine were replaced with an electrically-powered system.” Many thanks to […]

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The Hongkong and Yaumati Ferry Company Ltd, 1923-1973

Hong Kong & Yaumati Ferry Co Yaumati Ferry 1920s Ko Tim Keung HK Memory

Unless otherwise stated all the information below comes from an in-house company publication, The Hongkong & Yaumati Ferry Co Ltd: Golden Jubilee 1923-1973, published in 1973. 1923 The company was incorporated on the 5th November. The Promoters of the company were Messrs. Lau Tak Po, Lau King Cho, Kwok Chuen, Chan Sau Fung, Chan Shek Shan, So Tsz Hang, Wong Choi […]

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Tai O stilt houses installed with solar panels- to be connected to CLP’s grid

Tai O Solar Panels Connecting To CLP Grid SCMP 26.2.17

“Discount the growing throngs of tourists and worsening traffic and not too much has changed for Tai O’s indigenous townsfolk. Shrimp, fish and squid are still laid out to air dry under the sun as they have for generations. But residents from one of the west Lantau town’s fishing villages are beginning to discover an additional use for sunshine through […]

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