South China Iron Works – company staff in the 1950/60s

Antonia Cheung has already kindly sent information and images which appear in two articles. The first was about her father, Chang Don Chien 張敦潛, chief engineer South China Iron Works, 1948-1968. And the second about the company, The Story of the South China Iron Works as told by Chang Don Chien 張敦潛. Both are linked below. Here Antonia provides a list of the […]

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To Kwa Wan “Concrete Factory” during WW2 – Japanese expansion of Kai Tak airport

HF: Quite a while back Elizabeth Ride told me about an exhibition which included the following information forming part of a WW2 BAAG report. The subject of this exhibition and when it took place are unclear. Furthermore the date of the report is not known, though it must have been from 1943/44. The only reference is a code reading FDR/2B/59 written […]

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Ping Shan Enterprise Co Ltd, disused factory, Yuen Long

HF: The apparently disused factory shown in the photos below is located on Ping Ha Road, Ping Shan and is immediately to the north of the Century Centre as shown on the map below. Its two or possibly three factory buildings are in one compound which I was unable to enter. Jennifer Wong has kindly translated the signs shown on […]

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Coal in Hong Kong – initial notes

HF: It was never mined here. So this article is an initial attempt to put together what little we have about importing coal and how it was used in Hong Kong: transport, manufacturing, utilities, shipping, domestically…can you add to this article? All linked articles are Indhhk Group unless stated otherwise. Coal Boats  Coal Bunkering Coal Godowns Mr Murrow’s Coal Godowns […]

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Current Hong Kong producers of concrete

HF: The Egyptians were using early forms of concrete over 5000 years ago to build pyramids. They mixed mud and straw to form bricks and used gypsum and lime to make mortars. Fast forward to current Hong Kong concrete producers….some of the locations provided are clearly offices rather than production centres. Indhhk articles about any of the companies are linked. As […]

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Preece, Cardew and Rider – Consulting Engineers for Hok Un power station

Preece, Cardew and Rider were the consulting engineers for a proposed extension of Hok Un power station, Hung Hom in the 1930s. “In 1934 a committee consisting of directors and senior staff was formed to deal with the extensions proposed. It met regularly for the next several years and made many important decisions based quite often on the advice of […]

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Charles Weiss, Hong Kong chronometer and watchmaker, c1844-1856

HF: In 1980 there were 1,187 registered watch factories in Hong Kong during a period when it was one of the largest producers and exporters of watches and clocks in the world. The origin of watchmaking here however possibly goes back 170 years and started very soon after the colony was ceded. Carl Smith wrote a lengthy article, The German […]

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Merry Christmas – HK made decorations exported 1964

A very merry Christmas to all our readers, contributors, administrators, translators, typists and all those who have helped the Group over the last year… March 1965: The value of Christmas decorations exported in 1964 was over HK$7 million. Electric light sets comprised the bulk of exports but plastic Christmas trees, candles, tinsel, paper lanterns and decorations were also prominent. With […]

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