Incense tree plantation in Hong Kong

Dan Water’s article in Newsletter 8, Recollections of a Visit to a Joss-stick Mill in Tsuen Wan, describes the decline of this once important Hong Kong industry. It is highly unlikely there will be a serious revival of the incense mills (though how delightful it would be to visit a reconstructed, working incense water mill above Tsuen Wan on Tai […]

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Manufacturing in HK 1876 and 1881 – a comparison of numbers of workers

Hugh Farmer writes, in Newsletter Seven  I mentioned Chinese manufacturing enterprises in the 1870s. These included two for preserving ginger and other processed food including soy sauce and preserved fruit, several machine-makers, a tannery, a paper factory and a manufacturer of matches, workshops for producing cigars, tobacco, clothing, glass, oars, rifles, ropes, umbrellas, spectacles, tooth-powder and soap, as well as […]

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12 The term “Compradore”

The OED defines the word Comprador(e) as “a person who acts as an agent for foreign businesses” and suggests it originated, in English, in the 17th century from the Portuguese word for “buyer”. It is a term which occurs frequently in the 19th century colonial history of Hong Kong especially concerning trade between, China, Hong Kong and the rest of the […]

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8 Indigo in Hong Kong

8 Indigo in Hong Kong   From the China Mail 1st May 1876. The Postmaster General has issued the following notification…’The Italian Post Office has complained that, in the mail for the Continent…which left Hongkong on the 20th January, was a sample of Indigo, which became loose and damaged the whole mail…The public are therefore again earnestly begged not to attempt to send […]

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11 The Elm Tree Tool and Die Company

11. The Elm Tool and Die Company Newsletter Seven mentioned American Louis Marx’s Hong Kong “The Elm Tool and Die Company”, established in 1952 and managed by a David Yea. (However, another source  suggests this company was  registered on 15th November 1958 and dissolved on 2nd March 1991.) It appears this was a toy company as Mr. Yea was destined to […]

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The Hong Kong Heritage Project

https://www.hongkongheritage.org The Hong Kong Heritage Project was commissioned by Sir Michael Kadoorie in May 2007 to consolidate the Kadoorie family business records. Amelia Allsop is the very helpful Collections Manager. Records of HK Industrial companies kept at the archive include the HK and Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd, the HK and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Co. Ltd, the HK Rope Manufacturing […]

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Newsletter 8, 26th August 2013

The 8th Industrial History of Hong Kong Group newsletter was published on 19th  August  2013 Contents: The Silver Mine of Silver Mine Bay – Part One – Andrew Wood Recollections of a Visit to a Joss-stick Mill in Tsuen Wan – Dan Waters In Search of an Improved Industrial Design: The Hong Kong Rickshaw over Time – Fung Chi Ming […]

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9 Peninsula Spinners Ltd + Hong Kong Spinners Ltd

Carles Brasó Broggi, based in Shanghai but currently living in Hong Kong, is researching two related companies. Peninsula Spinners Ltd. was established in Hong Kong in 1948 and became Hong Kong Spinners Ltd. in 1954. Carles is also interested in the founder of HK Spinners, C.Y. Wong (Wang Qiyu or Wang Chi Yue, 1883-1965) and T.Y. Wong (Wang Tongyuan or […]

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