The British Hong-Kong Tea Company, London

Hugh Farmer: Does anyone know if this London company had any connection to Hong Kong apart from in its name? This advert is from 1847 courtesy of the superb British website www.gracesguide.co.uk. I don’t know where it was originally published. Note that “Nobility, Gentry, Clergy, Hotel & Boarding House Keepers …may be supplied with packages”. That leaves most of us out […]

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Hong Kong Trams – linking 1881 and 2014 by way of 30th July 1904

Hugh Farmer: The SCMP of 19th Febuary 2014 included an article “Still ding-dinging after 100 years”. This stated that Hong Kong Tramways had celebrated its 110th anniversary the day before. In fact this date marks the start of Hong Kong Tramways (HKT) celebration of its 110th Anniversary which will actually be on 30th July 2014.  Its website proudly announces that HKT is […]

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Bamboo Scaffolding – Dan Waters’ photo gallery

A selection of Dan Waters’ photographs of bamboo scaffolding in Hong Kong over the years: Dr. Dan Waters standing in front of the mural of pandas and bamboo at the Sheung Shui Training Centre. 2007 See: Hong Kong Industrial History: A Brief Account of the Accompanying Role Played by Technical Education and Training – Dan Waters in Newsletter 4 Technical Education and Training […]

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Of gods, diamonds and brothels – quarrying questions

Hugh Farmer: Researching my recent Quarrying in Hong Hong  article brought up lots of place names with  quarrying associations. And even more questions. Can you help answer any? A Kung Ngam Quarry:  “A Kung literally means maternal grandfather or old man in Cantonese while Ngam means rock, but in the case of this place name, “A Kung” refers to Tam Kung, sea god, who the […]

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Quarrying in Hong Kong – how the City of Victoria was built

Hugh Farmer: Stone is the only commodity in which Hong Kong is still self-sufficient, and quarrying was a major early industry. The granite extracted from the quarries in East Kowloon, Stonecutter’s Island, Quarry Bay and from the Kowloon hills were used throughout the territory and shipped to Canton for building purposes. The Roman Catholic Cathedral in Guangzhou was constructed in the […]

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1957 Trade Fair TST – Chinese company names translated and indexed

Hugh Farmer: This article is a joint effort of Thomas Ngan, IDJ, Neil Morris and myself. Thomas has done a fantastic job in first translating the Chinese company names and products. And secondly by inserting arrows into the two photos below to link the advertising signs to the index. A lot of work Thomas, thanks very much. * The first […]

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