Stonecutters Island airport proposal – pre and post WW2

HF: Rob Weir started our interest in the possibility of Stonecutters Island being a site for Hong Kong airport given the dissatisfaction with Kai Tak post WW2 mainly related to its short runways and proximity to mountains. Rob found  a Foreign Office file 371/53639   held at The National Archives at Kew, London, UK. The file refers to an investigation of […]

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Submarine Cables – Maps 1901 + 1991 worldwide / Hong Kong networks

HF: Bill Burns runs a fascinating and detailed website about the history of submarine communication cables (linked at the end of this article). He has kindly sent four maps related to the worldwide network of such cables in 1991 and 1991. Two of the maps are centred on Hong Kong. The first is a 1901 World Map of “Grandes Communications […]

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Green Island Cement Company photographs – Set 1 -1930s

IDJ sent in photographs showing what he believes is the manager’s house at Green Island Cement Company from about 1900-1905. See article below. Jane Taylor continues: My grandfather, Robert Taylor appears to have started out in Macau in 1912 and moved to Hong Kong around 18 months later. He served as manager of Green Island Cement, I think from the […]

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‘Chic Eather’s’ website – Early balloon/plane flights in HK, Kai Tak and much more!

HF: Charles ‘Chic’  Eather was born on 2nd August 1920 in Sydney Australia. He has had a full life and was an airline pilot for Ansett Airways and Cathay Pacific retiring from the latter in 1975. Chic has a large website, packed with mostly aviation related information and images. Of great interest to to us are the following: – On […]

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World War Two – BAAG reports, Amoy Canning (Tinning) Co.

Elizabeth Ride has sent in these BAAG reports which deal with aspects of the relationship between the Red Cross and the Amoy Tinning Company in Hong Kong from June to September 1944 during the Japanese occupation, WW2. HF: Amoy Tinning / Amoy Canning? The company seems to have been known originally as the former  but by 1938 Amoy Canning Corporation (Hong […]

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WW2 – potential Japanese aerodromes and landing grounds in HK

IDJ: The attached document  appears to be asking the questions to which the BAAG was charged with finding the answers for, including those in your recent posting Kai Tak airport – BAAG Reports 1942-1944, plus other HK landing strips.  The document is from the National Archives in London. There are many pages asking about dozens of airfields or potential airfields across […]

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Forward Winsome – a brief history of a major HK toy company

Hugh Farmer: Yuen Hing Hong & Co was established in 1945 by a Mr Yeung. and appears to have started out in “the raw plastic business acting as an agent importers from Britain, USA, Germany and Italy.”[1] [Cecilia Young, would like to make it clear that she finds errors and discrepancies in this article. Ms Young is the daughter of […]

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