Lui Che Woo – King of Hong Kong Quarries – two newspaper articles

Anderson Road Quarry Image B

HF: Anderson Road Quarry is located on the southwestern slopes of Chin Lan Chu in Kowloon, covering an area of 86 hectares with a working surface up to a height of 200 metres and horizontal extension of 1,500 metres. Quarrying of granite first started in 1956, supplying the urban development of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Origin of Anderson Road […]

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Hong Kong Industry during World War Two

HF: This is an article where we can gradually add information about what happened to HK’s industry, manufacturing, mining , transport and other related areas during World War 2. As bits and pieces come in I’ll update the article and re-post it with the current date. Contributors: PC Philip Cracknell ADW HF Hugh Farmer IDJ YL York Lo FCM Fung […]

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40 Flat Hill Quarry?

Flat Hill Quarry 1924 Map Tymon Mellor

Bonnie Manzon (aka Bonnie Ko) recently left a comment attached to our article,Hong Kong Clays and Kaolin Company (香港磁泥有限公司) – Kaolin Mine, Cha Kwo Ling. “As a very young mother of three, we were living in ” the Bungalow” on the mining site of Hk Clays and Kaolin Co. in Cha Kwo Ling Village from 1980 to 1983. I have […]

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The Bicentennial Saga of the Li Sing Family – Wealth, Revolution and Philanthropy

Li Sing Detail B Mage York Lo

This article uses an extract from the entry about LI Sing and other members of his family published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography. Both the author York Lo, and publisher, HK University Press, have given permission for this to be posted here. Please note  of the images shown here only that of Li Sing himself was included in […]

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Leigh and Orange Ltd – 1889 “builders” of Hongkong Cotton-Spinning…Company

HF: A visit on 6th Feb 2014 to the Hong Kong Museum of History led to the following information about The Hongkong Cotton-Spinning, Weaving and Dyeing Company Ltd 1898 -1914. This was the first major cotton spinning company in Hong Kong and was formed in 1898 by Messrs. Jardine, Matheson & Co Ltd. (see article below). A photograph of the works […]

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Beryl Mining at Devil’s Peak, George Brewer – involvement in identifying the first specimens and deposits of beryl in Hong Kong.

WB Harris Examining Quartz Containing Beryl Tymon Mellor

HF: Our recently posted article, Beryl Mining at Devil’s Peak, brought forward a comment from Fiona Soliman which I repost here: Thank you for a fascinating article. I am currently researching my family tree, and among some of my grandfather’s documents I discovered a mini-autobiography in which he explains that, while he served in Hong Kong with the RAEC in 1952-55, […]

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The Forgotten Jewish American Tycoons behind the HK Plastic Flowers Industry

York Lo: The Forgotten Jewish American Tycoons behind the HK Plastic Flowers Industry Plastic flowers production in HK in the 1960s In the late 1950s, artificial flowers made out of plastic were in high demand in the West and Hong Kong emerged as the world’s leading producer of plastic flowers thanks to its significant cost and labor advantage. Starting with […]

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BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, mid-March 1943, ship repair, maintenance and movements

BAAG Report WIS #23 A1 Detail

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS No.23) dated 14th March 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during the middle of March 1943. These reports also describes time spent by vessels undergoing repairs and maintenance in a […]

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Stone breaking in early 20th Century Hong Kong

HF: From our archives with thanks to IDJ for the source of information. “Stonebreakers in the early twentieth century. Granite in Hong Kong is of high quality and abundant. As a common construction material for columns, door frames and floors, the demand for granite was large. Because of its weight granite was transported by stone-boat by water from the quarry […]

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