Auguste Pierre Marty – obituary, brother of A R Marty, founder of A. R. Marty in Hong Kong 1874

Marty, Auguste Pierre Obituary A2 SCMP25.1.1909 Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies: Auguste Pierre Marty, who died in HK in 1909, was resident here (and in his latter years Spanish Consul) from his arrival, aged 17, in 1871, to work for his brother Auguste Raphael Marty (who also lived in HK until he moved to Haiphong in 1906 where he died in 1914), who founded the company (A.R. Marty & […]

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Chun Hing Bakery, Biscuit & Confectionery Manufactory

Chun HIng Detail Image 2 York Lo

York Lo: Chun Hing Bakery, Biscuit & Confectionery Manufactory  Founded in 1926, Chun Hing Bakery, Biscuit & Confectionery Manufactory (振興糖果餅乾公司, the Chinese name reflects the reverse order – confectionery, biscuit and bakery) was one of the leading biscuit & confectionery firms in Hong Kong alongside Garden, Yan Chim Kee, On Lok Yuen and M.P. San. The firm’s founder Ho Chi-Wong (何智煌, […]

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Auguste Raphael Marty, obituary, founder of A. R. Marty in Hong Kong 1874

Marty, Auguste Raphael Obituary Detail 3 SCMP 17.12.1914

“The French merchant Auguste Raphael Marty (1841–1914) established his own trading house, A. R. Marty et Cie, in Hong Kong in 1874. Following the acquisition of northern Indochina by France, he and his business partner, [Edouard] Jules d’Abbadie  in September 1886, founded the shipping company Marty et d’Abbadie in the port of Haiphong.”(1) Information about A.R.Marty et Cie appears thin on […]

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The Macau Aerial Transport Company – first commercial airline company to be established in Hong Kong or Macau

Macau Aerial Transport Company Aeromarine Float Plane At Repulse Bay Photo Cliff Dunnaway, Chic Eather

“… Macau Aerial Transport (MAT) was the first commercial airline company to be established in Macau or Hong Kong. [Founded by Charles de Ricou he] found it wise to set up MAT as a British company but public opinion in Macau was generally against having yet another ‘foreign’ enterprise in their midst. The Government of Macau, however, sensing the obvious […]

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BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, late November 1942, ship repair, maintenance and movements

BAAG Report WIS #14 Detail A1

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS No.14) dated 16th December 1942. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during late November 1942. These reports also describes time spent by vessels undergoing repairs and maintenance in a number of […]

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Sim Air Limited – helicopter company

Sim Air Ltd Bell 206B Jet Ranger Helicopter IDJ

Many thanks to IDJ for sending the brief magazine article below. He believes that the short lived, mid 1970’s, helicopter company may have been based on Lamma island. Can anyone verify this? The image shown below accompanied the magazine article. The smart Bell 206B helicopter sometimes encountered in flights around the Colony is operated by Sim Air Ltd., and flown by […]

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The Patriotic Sauce Maker: Chong Sing-chong and Oriental Soy & Canning

Oriental Soy & Canning Detail Booth At The HK Products Expo Source CMA York Lo

York Lo: The Patriotic Sauce Maker: Chong Sing-chong and Oriental Soy & Canning From the 1930s to the 1960s, Oriental Soy & Canning Co Ltd (東方醬油罐頭有限公司) was a leading manufacturer of soy sauce and canned goods in Hong Kong. In fact, it was the largest player in its industry before being surpassed by Amoy Canning in the 1950s. The founder […]

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Planned helicopter service HK to Macau 1962, Stanley Ho

Stanley Ho Early Image

Many thanks to IDJ for sending the article below. It announces that following Stanley Ho being awarded the Macau gambling franchise which took effect from 1st January 1962 he planned to introduce a helicopter service between Hong Kong and Macau. There are no further details about these proposals regarding locations, timetables, costs, helicopters etc. IDJ says the helicopter plan was […]

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Yau Fung Tours and Transportation Company Ltd aka Hong Kong Bus, ex-Manchester, Perth and London buses

Daimler Fleetline Bus

James Chan: Yau Fung Tours and Transportation Company Ltd, later trading as Hong Kong Bus was incorporated on 11th February 1977 and dissolved on 31st July 2008. “Another operator who had traditionally run an all-single-deck fleet was Yau Fung Tours which introduced six ex-Greater Manchester Fleetlines in 1987. These were followed by two ex-Stagecoach of Perth Neoplan Skyliners. A further single Fleetline […]

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