Feather Works in Hong Kong – initial notes

HF: I have come across feather works/factories being mentioned in Hong Kong in four sources. Dated 1899, 1908, 1910s and 1939.

a) In  the 1899 Jurors List http://gwulo.com/jurors-list-1899
“Leopold Schinz, Technical Manager, Feather Factory, Kennedy Town”

b) In Twentieth Century Impressions of Hong-kong, Shanghai and Other Treaty Ports of China, Wright A, Lloyd’s Greater Britain Publishing Company Ltd., 1908.
“Another important business in which Messrs. Alvares & Co. are engaged is the export of feathers, which are purchased in China and cleaned in the firm’s own factory at Kowloon — the only establisliment of its kind in the Colony — equipped with the latest machinery, and housed in a building specially designed to meet the exacting requirements of the Sanitary Board.”

c) In the Jason Wordie  book Street: Exploring Hong Kong Hong Kong University Press
“By the 1910s factories in Yau Ma Tei produced… feather products…”

d) From the 1939 Report on Labour and Labour Conditions in Hong Kong.
“3 Feather Works on HK Island and 2 in Kowloon and the New Territories.”

Feather Works `1939

 

Related Indhhk articles: Messrs. L.M. Alvares & Co, Ginger + Feathers c1908

 

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