Hong Kong Industry during World War One

HF:  This is an initial attempt to analyse the impact of World War One on industry in Hong Kong. First some rather surprising evidence of pro-German feelings immediately prior to the outbreak of WW1. During research at the national archives in Berlin for his forthcoming book, The Germans and Hong Kong, 1843-1997, Bert Becker, associate professor of history at the […]

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Arnhold, Karberg & Company – founded in Hong Kong, 1866

Arnhold Karberg Building, Straigfht On, South Street, Shamian Island, Guangzhou Nick Kitto

HF: The venerable firm of Arnholds, Karberg Company was founded in 1866 and I believe has had a continuous presence in Hong Kong, barring when it was liquidated during World War One, currently as Arnhold which deals in building materials and engineering equipment distribution. The early days of the company were written about by the equally venerated Hong Kong historian Carl Smith […]

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The Reevesia Thyrsoidea tree- used to make rope and other products in Hong Kong

Tree Reevesia Thyrsoidea Detail Image

HF: While walking along the section of the Wong Nai Chung Tree Walk (part of the Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail) where it passes above the Hong Kong Cricket Club, on Saturday 6th January 2018, I came across the following Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department sign in front of a rather anonymous tree, a Reevesia (Reevesia thyrsoidea). Somewhat of a […]

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The Hongkong Rope Manufacturing Co., Ltd – images from c1908

HF These images of The Hongkong Rope Manufacturing Co., Ltd come come from Twentieth Century Impressions of Hongkong…published in 1908. The name of the company in the book is given as “Manufactory” but it appears to have been more usually known by the former name. I have given the same title to each image as appears in the book. Many thanks […]

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The Hong Kong Rope Manufacturing Company – further information

IDJ has sent the following image and text:   The HK Memory Project has this information in their article about European-based Industries in HK: In 1883, Hong Kong Rope Manufacturing Company was founded by Messrs. Shewan, Tomes & Co. The factory was established in Kennedy Town taking up a land area of 13,000 square feet. The raw material was hemp […]

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Tai Lam Chung Reservoir – construction images

Tai Lam Chung Reservoir IDJ Detail Governor's Visit In 1955 Quarrying In Hk AFTER WW2

HF: The Tai Lam Chung Reservoir was the first reservoir built in Hong Kong after the Second World War. Construction work commenced in 1952, was completed in 1957 and  officially opened by the Governor, Sir Alexander Grantham on 7th December of that year. The reservoir, with a storage capacity of 20 million cubic metres, was formed by a main dam across the […]

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42 Did Japanese company Mitsui Bussan Kaishu Ltd take over control of Taikoo Docks in October 1942?

James Chan: Mitsui & Company Ltd. (三井物産 Mitsui Bussan) is one of the largest sogo shosha (general trading companies) in Japan, and also part of the Mitsui Group. Its business area covers energy, machinery, chemicals, food, textile, logistics, finance, and more. The company was first established in 1876 with 16 members including the founder, Takashi Masuda. As Japan’s international trading was dominated by foreigners […]

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A Kung Ngam quarry

A Kung Ngam Temple Of Emperor Of Jade Image

A Kung Ngam, or “Kung-Lam’ is located on the south side of the eastern entrance of Vctoria Harbour. In the 19th century, Hakkan masons from Changle county in Guandong started quarrying. The Hakkan brought the gods from their hometown with them, and developed the only “Temple of Emperor of Jade” in Hong Kong. A Kung village still exists. All the […]

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Lloyd International Airways Ltd – link to Hong Kong

Lloyd International Douglas C54 Skymaster At Kai Tak October 1961 IDJ Image 3

“Lloyd International Airways Ltd was a private, British independent airline formed in 1961 to operate worldwide charter flights  It commenced operations with a single Douglas DC-4 piston airliner from Cambridge Marshall Airport.  Lloyd International concentrated on passenger and cargo charters with four-engined, long-range aircraft. It also had links in Hong Kong since its inception and flew to the Far East regularly. During the mid-1960s, the airline began re-equipping its […]

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