A History of the Wong Family Textile Business – Part One: Life in Shanghai

Eleanor Wong has written A History of the Wong Family Textile Business, a detailed account of her family’s business history in Shanghai, then in Hong Kong and finally Indonesia.

She was assisted in this project by her editor, Carey Vail.

Part One: Life in Shanghai  is a history of the Wong family’s interests in the textile industry in the city from 1911, when three thatched cottages were converted into a small factory, through 1948, when a decision was made to establish their first cotton spinning factory in Hong Kong, and finally to 1954 when the family had completely lost control of their hard-won heritage in Shanghai.

This was a period of tumultuous social, political and military upheavals in Shanghai and China. Revolutions, occupation and war. So the Wong story is not only one of family members, companies, factories, processes, workers and commercial developments. Rather a close interweaving of all these aspects – both industrial and political. It makes an absorbing read. It is linked below.

Many thanks to Eleanor for researching and writing her family’s story in Shanghai. Part two moves on to Hong Kong…

The story begins with Wong  Chi Yue who was born in the small Chinese coastal town of Donghai. He moved to Shanghai where in 1911 he set up a small workshop in the Hongkou area of Shanghai and who established the Da Feng Weaving and Dyeing Factory  in 1913 just over a century ago…

The Da Feng factory buildings

The Da Feng factory buildings

 

A banquet of honour given for Wong Chi Yue and other directors at Da Feng

A banquet of honour given for Wong Chi Yue and other directors at
Da Feng

 

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China Cotton Mills Ltd founded 1939

This article was first posted on 25th September 2014.

Download part one of the Wong family history in pdf format : Part One Life in Shanghai

Related Indhhk articles:

  1. A History of the Wong Family Textile Business – Part Two: Life in Hong Kong
  2. Shanghai Spinners: Pioneers of Hong Kong’s industrialization, 1947-1955
  3. China Engineers Ltd 1928 Shanghai – 1937 Hong Kong
  4. William Charles Gomersall 1895-1960, China Engineers Ltd

 

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