Hong Kong Industrial Adverts from the 1950s – part two

IDJ has sent some wonderfully evocative and picturesque advertising posters from 1955. They were published by the Hong Kong Government’s Department of Commerce and Industry in a 180 page government handout, typical at that time, to prospective overseas buyers outlining what Hong Kong could sell you or manufacture for you. IDJ continues, “I’ve had my copy for several years and originally acquired […]

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Hong Kong Industrial Adverts from the 1950s – part one

IDJ has sent some wonderfully evocative and picturesque advertising posters from 1955. They were published by the Hong Kong Government’s Department of Commerce and Industry in a 180 page government handout, typical at that time, to prospective overseas buyers outlining what Hong Kong could sell you or manufacture for you. IDJ continues, “I’ve had my copy for several years and […]

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The Stephen Hui Geological Museum, HKU

Adapted from Newsletter 3, published 11th January 2013 As part of my research into the West Brother Island Graphite Mine and Lin Ma Hang Lead Mine I came across the name Stephen Hui. From 1956-1970 he was the Chief Mining Engineer and General Manager of the Yan Hing Mining Company Ltd. As such he was involved in the exploration of […]

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Ching Yuen Bean Curd Factory explosion

On Monday October 21st 2013 an explosion destroyed the Ching Yuen Bean Curd factory in Sheung Tsuen village (near Shek Kong, NT). One worker was killed and four others injured when a cauldron blew up in the 80-square metre cubicle that housed the furnaces. The factory contained two stoves, one using diesel, the other burning wood, and it was the […]

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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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