Kawakami Oil Company in WW2 (AKA Socony-Vacuum Oil Company)

Elizabeth Ride sent  this 1944 BAAG Kweilin Weekly Intelligence Summary #77 of December 1944 which reports: “Socony Oil Installation, Laichikok. This is now known as the Kawakami Oil Company Factory (Japanese characters). Three oil tanks are still standing, but are empty. There are over 300 50-gallon drums of petrol and kerosene in camouflaged dugouts in the area” Any further information […]

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Dutch Companies in China 1903-1941

Nicholas Kitto has sent in a PDF file of the book: Corporate Behaviour and Political Risk: Dutch Companies in China 1903-1941 by  Frans-Paul van der Putten. This was freely downloadable from the Leiden University website. Unfortunately the images are absent. HF: The book covers in some detail a variety of Dutch concerns in China. Namely:- Chapter 2 Banking: Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij (NHM) […]

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Standard Oil in Hong Kong – information 1894 to c1908

HF:  The 1962 Hong Kong Annual Report states: The Standard Oil Company of New York, now known as the Mobil Petroleum Company Incorporated, started operations in Hong Kong in 1894 and built their present oil berth and tank farm at Lai Chi Kok in 1904. This article is from Wright 20th Century Impressions THE STANDARD OIL COMPANY OF NEW YORK. […]

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Index updated – including Ng Jim Kai, Chevalier R Pescio, Jimmy Heung, Frank Gardner, Peter Woo…

Hugh Farmer: The Index has been updated. If you would like to add to existing articles please add a comment. If you would like to write at greater length on a subject, new or old, or self-contribute, feel free to contact me:-  indhhk(blah)gmail.com A number of personalities have been added to the index  in the last month including those mentioned […]

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Quarrying in Hong Kong – rehabilitation of Anderson Road, Shek O, Lam Tei and Sok Kwu Wan

James Chan: A little about the end of quarrying in Hong Kong and the three big ones plus  Sok Kwu Wan (ie Lamma) Quarry “Today, under a plan formulated in 1989, the three remaining operational quarries in Hong Kong are being rehabilitated to form green areas for future development. Shek O (completion in 2009), Anderson Road (2013) and Lam Tei […]

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WW2 BAAG scheme for HK companies to send money to employee internees

Elizabeth Ride has sent a BAAG letter regarding sending money to HK company  employees held as prisoners and internees during the Japanese occupation. Elizabeth says the background to this scheme was that the BAAG had earlier found that certain HK firms with representatives caught in HK were able to send funds to them via the Red Cross in Macao.  For […]

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Thomas William Kinder – Master of the Hong Kong Mint, 1817-1884

HF: The Hong Kong Mint was established by ordinance on 26th February 1864 and opened on 7th May 1866 under the direction of Thomas William Kinder with the purpose of producing Hong Kong silver dollars and half dollar coins. After two years having incurred a huge loss to the government it closed on 25th April 1868. The image of Kinder has […]

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On the slow boat – Sai Wan Ho, Kwun Tong, Sam Ka Tsuen ferries – part three…

Hugh Farmer:  On the 25th September 2014 I took the ferry from Sai Wan Ho to Kwun Tong, walked from there passing through the industrial area  of Yau Tong and caught the ferry back to Sai Wan Ho from Sam Ka Tsuen ferry pier. I took pictures of the piers, ferries, crew and passengers…of the slow boats… a tribute to […]

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Taikoo Sugar Refinery during WW2 (HK Sugar Refinery)

Elizabeth Ride has sent this BAAG report. This suggests that during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, Taikoo Sugar Refinery became Hong Kong Sugar Refinery. Kweilin Weekly Intelligence Summary #66, 15.9.1944.   HF: During WW2 Taikoo Sugar Refinery was badly damaged. In 1947/48, it was decided to rehabilitate the plant. HK Memory Project Related Indhhk articles: Taikoo Sugar Refinery Taikoo Sugar […]

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