The Acquisition and Clearance of Hong Kong shipyards – north Tsing Yi Island

Tsing Yi Shipyards Clearance Report Image 8

HF: THe Audit Commission’s Report 41, published in October 2003 includes chapter 8 titled, The acquisition and clearance of shipyard sites. This appears to have been undertaken on behalf of the Lands Department and Civil Engineering Departments. The report is dated 18th October 2003. The report begins with a summary which states: The Government may acquire land for public purposes […]

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Alfred Herbert Rennie – biography, the Hongkong Milling Company and his suicide

HF: Alfred Herbert Rennie, came to Hong Kong from Canada as the sales representative of the American Company, Portland Flouring Mills. He started the Hongkong Milling Company in what was then called Junk Bay. However, despite backing from several prominent local businessmen his company quickly became mired in multiple problems and Rennie committed suicide while travelling by boat to his […]

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Military aircraft in China 1930s – Arnhold & Company and the Blackburn Aircraft Company

Military Aircraft In China, The Far Eastern Review, June 1931 Smaller Image Of Blackburn Lincock Single Seater Foghter Plane

IDJ has unearthed an article first posted in June 1931 in the Far Eastern Review titled Military Aircraft in China. The article mentions the Aviation Department of Arnhold & Co Ltd (“agents for the Blackburn Aircraft Company”). This supplements information we have posted in recent articles on both companies,  linked below. The article begins: Military Aircraft in China. Of the […]

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The Peak Tram

IDJ/Hugh Farmer: The Peak Tram was opened for public service on 28 May 1888. Initially a static steam engine was used to power the haulage cable. [can anyone tell us who manufactured the original engine  and any other details about the Tram’s  early mechanical operation?] In 1926 an electric motor replaced the original engine. This was manufactured along with other […]

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Rennie’s Mill : The Origin and Evolution of a Special Enclave in Hong Kong

Gerald Friesen, Professor of History at the University of Manitoba, Canada, was recently in touch as he is researching the career of Alfred Herbert Rennie in that city. Rennie, now an almost forgotten figure in Hong Kong started and briefly operated the Hongkong Milling Company’s flour mill close to what is now Tseung Kwan O.  We have several articles about both […]

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Can you lend a hand to help the Group…writing a short article, translating, retyping, improving an image…?

Silver Mine Bay Mine 6 HK Telegraph 23.9.1905

Our Group started in November 2012 with the website following in October 2013. We currently have over 1,400 articles posted all of which are shown in the Index. Contributions have come from an estimated 450 people ranging from a single line comment to a full length article. Plus those who help the group in other ways as shown in the […]

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Taiwan Transportation Company – Japanese occupation of HK – further information needed

BAAG Report Detail B WIS #19

Elizabeth kindly sent this BAAG Report WIS # 19 from February 1943, There is a single and brief mention of the Taiwan Transportation Company which was apparently involved in shipping unspecified material from HK to Japan and Formosa. It is likely that this company only existed during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. However any further information about the company […]

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Orient Tobacco Manufactory – Hong Kong cigar packaging

Orient Tobacco Manufactory Image A Cigar Packaging Comment By Matthew Lai

HF: Matthew Lai recently posted this comment on our article, The Orient Tobacco Manufactory Company – updated information. “I’m not sure will this photo be useful for any research, but this is truely a mark of history that should be shared. I found a few of these packages remain. They are really beautifully printed, the picture was not just printed on […]

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The manufacturing of bronze cutlery in Hong Kong – 1960 article

Cutlery Manufacturing Page 2 HK Trade Bulletin, Commerce & Industry Dept August 1960 Pp 244 246 HK Memory Project

HF: “The manufacture of bronze cutlery in Hong Kong began some eight years ago and already has earned a reputation for fine quality and excellent craftsmanship. At the recent 9th Washington State International Trade Fair, the dazzling rows of knives, forks and spoons in elaborately-carved canteens or brocade-covered boxes attracted much interest from overseas buyers, and it is certain that […]

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