Far East Aviation Company – Part Two

Far East Aviation Flightglobal 1934 Article Snipped Detail Image 1

This article about an almost forgotten company comes courtesy of IDJ’s extensive archives about Hong Kong’s aviation history. If the reader is sufficiently interested in the subject it might be read in conjunction with our earlier article, Far East Aviation Company Ltd. – “British Enterprise in China”, 1934 article, linked below. The first image below has been extracted from the latter article. […]

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Conic – HK Electronics Giant of the late 1970s, early 1980s  

Conic Group Founder Alex Au York Lo

York Lo: Conic – HK Electronics Giant of the late 1970s, early 1980s Picture of Conic board in 1976, left to right: Simon Tam Hon-kong, Tam Chung-sing, Alex Au, Lam Chung-kiu and Yim Shun (absent – Chan Chun-cheung). The quote is somewhat ironic considering the aggressive expansion at the time which ultimately led to the demise of the group within […]

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The Signal Tower, Blackhead Point – link to Blackhead and Company

Signal Tower At Blackhead Point, Tsim Sha Tsui. The 109th Declared Monument.

The Signal Tower in the Signal Hill Garden at Blackhead Point was built in 1907 by the Hong Kong Observatory to house a time-ball apparatus that was previously located in the nearby Round House of the Former Marine Police Headquarters. [Nick Kitto points out: the time-ball is still visible at the  Marine Police Headquarters in TST. HF:Blackhead Point (黑頭山, lit. […]

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Definitive 1970 Hong Kong Tramways book updated and republished

Tramways, HK New Joseph Tse 2017 Book Preview Image

Joseph Tse: I am pleased to tell you that the new edition of Atkinson & Williams’ book on HK Tramways has been published. Here’s a preview image to demonstrate a little of the new book’s content: The 1st book on HK trams published in 1970, Hongkong Tramways, RLP Atkinson + AK Williams, Light Railway Transport League, London, is highly regarded as the […]

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Kai Tak Factory Building, San Po Kong, fire, November 2017

Kai Tak Industrial Building Fire SCMP Detail 8.11.17

A woman feeling unwell from smoke inhalation was sent to hospital after a blaze broke out in a Hong Kong industrial building on Thursday. Emergency crews were called to Kai Tak Factory Building on King Fuk Street in San Po Kong, where a second-floor unit had burst into flames at about 12.15pm. The cause of the fire has not yet […]

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BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, late January to late March 1943, ship repair, maintenance and movements

Asosan Maru Image

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS 24) dated 23rd March 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during late January to late March 1943, a longer period than is usual in this type of report. There are a […]

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The Sha Tau Kok railway

Tymon Mellor has sent  this photograph of the railway line and station at Fanling. This shows proper passenger carriages unlike the flat, open waggons shown in the image below. HF I had heard about this almost forgotten branch of the Kowloon Canton Railway but knew almost nothing about it. The line operated for exactly 16 years from 1 Apr 1912 […]

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George M. Lau – Father of the Hong Kong wig Industry

George M Lau Father Of The HK Wig Industry Image A Detail York Lo

York Lo: George M. Lau – Father of the Hong Kong wig Industry Left: Advertisement of Regina Hair Products from the early 1970s; Right:  1953 ad of George M. Lau & Bros. (Source: IDJ) In 1970, the Hong Kong wig industry included 478 factories which employed 5 percent of the city’s total workforce (39000 workers) and its export value of […]

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