Telegraph Bay, HK Island – location of the first submarine telegraphic cable into Hong Kong, 1871

HF: “Telegraph Bay was the site of an early cable landing dating from the early part of the Twentieth Century. The environment of the bay and valley has been radically altered through reclamation and the construction of the Cyberport development. The old cable house is still located in its original position (although it is now located within the grounds of a school). […]

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Wong Wah Hee aka Wong Yan Ting – family background – Smith, Wahee and Co

York Lo has sent information,about several generations of the family of Wong Yan Ting also known as Wong Wah Hee. Wong was the Wahee in the firm of Smith, Wahee and Company which later became the China Sugar Refinery. York has also added  a couple of portraits of Wong family members. YL: Carl Smith’s book Chinese Christians, provides information about the family of Wong […]

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Lui Yum Suen – involvement in the Tai Tong tin mine and a wide variety of Hong Kong industrial concerns

Lui Yum Suen Detail Image 1932 Courtesy JUne Fong, York Lo

Following Tymon Mellor’s recently posted article, Tin Mine at Tai Tong (Mining Licence No 13), York Lo has unearthed information about one of the mine’s owners in 1941, Lui Yum-suen, and a portrait of Mr Lui. York Lo: Lui Yum-suen (雷蔭蓀, 1876-1953) was the first chairman of the HK & Kowloon General Association of Liquor Dealers & Distillers (港九酒業總商會),as mentioned in […]

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BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, late February 1943, ship repair, maintenance and movements

BAAG Report WIS #23 A1 Home Page Detail PNG

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS No.23) dated 1st March 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during late February 1943. These reports also describes time spent by vessels undergoing repairs and maintenance in a number of […]

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William Sugg & Company, London – manufacturer of the Duddell Street Gas lamps, Central

Sugg, William % Company Small Version 1906 Advert Graces Guides

A brief desciption of the well known Duddell Street Gas lamps in an AMO Declared Monuments online document suggests the lamps were “Two-light Rochester models made by Suggs and Co., the gas lamps were designed in a shorter length than was standard at the time in order to allow them to be mounted on the parapets of the steps. Originally […]

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Far East Aviation Company Ltd. – “British Enterprise in China”, 1934 article

Far East Aviation Flightglobal 1934 Article Snipped Detail Image 1

HF: I hadn’t come across Far East Aviation until the following article was sent in a while back. It was first published in 1934 in Flight International magazine which became the FlightGlobal website in February 2006. What happened to the FEAC as a commercial airline company is not apparent, it appears to have been mainly an agent/supplier of aircraft to […]

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Early HK Shipyards and Graving docks

Hugh Farmer: In early colonial Hong Kong shipwrights used traditional skills to build junks and sampans and later acquired new skills by building western style ships. A considerable change came with the construction of dock facilities to build and repair iron steamships. John Lamont completed HK’s first dry dock in Aberdeen in 1860. The Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company’s dry dock […]

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Anderson Road Quarry – plan to develop the site to build 10,000 apartments

Anderson Road Quarry Image Detail 2010 Courtesy SCMP

York Lo left a comment below our article, Lui Che Woo – King of Hong Kong Quarries – two newspaper articles, linked below, which adds additional infomation about Lui Che-woo and Anderson Road quarry in an SCMP article. The article begins: Tycoon Lui Che-woo, a pioneer in Hong Kong’s quarrying industry who later built his wealth in the property and casino industries, […]

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A S Watson & Company Ltd aka The Hong Kong Dispensary – a Timeline 1841 to 1945

A S Watson Chemist Detail Advert China Mail 1.8.1878

HF:Watson’s is possibly the oldest retailer still in existence in Hong Kong and unquestionably among a tiny few that have opererated continuously since the early days of the colony… By 1941 Watson’s was already the largest chemist, retailer of health and beauty products, dealer in wines and spirits, and manufacturer of aerated watera in Asia. .. Today is part of […]

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An Aeroplane Called Wanda – historic flight over Shatin March 18th, 1911.

Wanda, A Plane Called, Article, Image IDJ

IDJ: An Aeroplane Called Wanda For most people entering the main terminal at Hong Kong International Airport from taxis and buses, getting to the Check-In areas is their main priority. They do not see or ignore the vintage bi-plane hanging from the terminal’s ceiling even though it positioned next to well-used pedestrian ramps. Those on the ground floor are more […]

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