Wong Wah Hee aka Wong Yan Ting – family background – Smith, Wahee and Co

York Lo has sent information,about several generations of the family of Wong Yan Ting also known as Wong Wah Hee. Wong was the Wahee in the firm of Smith, Wahee and Company which later became the China Sugar Refinery. York has also added  a couple of portraits of Wong family members. YL: Carl Smith’s book Chinese Christians, provides information about the family of Wong […]

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Lui Yum Suen – involvement in the Tai Tong tin mine and a wide variety of Hong Kong industrial concerns

Lui Yum Suen Detail Image 1932 Courtesy JUne Fong, York Lo

Following Tymon Mellor’s recently posted article, Tin Mine at Tai Tong (Mining Licence No 13), York Lo has unearthed information about one of the mine’s owners in 1941, Lui Yum-suen, and a portrait of Mr Lui. York Lo: Lui Yum-suen (雷蔭蓀, 1876-1953) was the first chairman of the HK & Kowloon General Association of Liquor Dealers & Distillers (港九酒業總商會),as mentioned in […]

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Bethlehem Knitting (百利恒織造廠) and Hing’s Underwear (興士牌)

Bethlehem Knitting Image 1 Detail York Lo

York Lo: Bethlehem Knitting (百利恒織造廠) and Hing’s Underwear (興士牌) Left: Hing’s print ad from the early 1970s. Right: actual package of Hing’s underwear From the 1950s to the 1970s, Hing’s was a popular local brand of cotton underwear manufactured by Bethlehem Knitting Factory.  Founded in 1950 by C.T. Shiu (邵之道), the firm moved into its current location at 483 Castle […]

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BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, late February 1943, ship repair, maintenance and movements

BAAG Report WIS #23 A1 Home Page Detail PNG

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS No.23) dated 1st March 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during late February 1943. These reports also describes time spent by vessels undergoing repairs and maintenance in a number of […]

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Tin Mine at Tai Tong (Mining Licence No 13)


Tymon Mellor: In the previous article on tin mining in Hong Kong, the existence of a pre-war tin mine was identified near Yuen Long but the actual location of the mine was a mystery. Following further research, new details on the mine and its location have been identified. Following the introduction of the Prospecting and Mining Ordinance of 1906, parties […]

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Yankee Needle: American Merchants and the development of the Swatow lace industry in China and the garment industry in HK

Swatow American Merchants Image 1b Detail York Lo

York Lo: Yankee Needle: American Merchants and the development of the Swatow lace industry in China and the garment industry in HK Left: Swatow women working on needlework at Lida Ashmore’s school (Lida Ashmore’s The South China Mission of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, p.94) Right: Lida Ashmore (sitting, second from the right) with her colleagues laying the foundation […]

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William Sugg & Company, London – manufacturer of the Duddell Street Gas lamps, Central

Sugg, William % Company Small Version 1906 Advert Graces Guides

A brief desciption of the well known Duddell Street Gas lamps in an AMO Declared Monuments online document suggests the lamps were “Two-light Rochester models made by Suggs and Co., the gas lamps were designed in a shorter length than was standard at the time in order to allow them to be mounted on the parapets of the steps. Originally […]

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Duddell Street Gas lamps – last working gas street lamps in Hong Kong

Duddell Street Gas Lamps Image Gwulo

“The exact year in which the flight of grantite steps at the southern end of Duddell Street in Central was constructed is not known, but a series of maps of Hong Kong from the period indicate that they came into existence between 1875 and 1889. According to the records of the Hong Kong and China Gas Co., the four gas […]

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Far East Aviation Company Ltd. – “British Enterprise in China”, 1934 article

Far East Aviation Flightglobal 1934 Article Snipped Detail Image 1

HF: I hadn’t come across Far East Aviation until the following article was sent in a while back. It was first published in 1934 in Flight International magazine which became the FlightGlobal website in February 2006. What happened to the FEAC as a commercial airline company is not apparent, it appears to have been mainly an agent/supplier of aircraft to […]

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The Needle, the Bible and “Our People”: Chiuchow Christians and the Swatow Lace Industry in Hong Kong

Swatow Lace Industry Detail Image 5 York Lo

York Lo: The Needle, the Bible and “Our People”: Chiuchow Christians and the Swatow Lace Industry in Hong Kong    Swatow lace merchants on the board of HK Chiuchow Christian Association in 1936 – back row: Yadsun Cheng (Chin Chian & Sons; first from left), Ng Chung-wing (吳寵榮,Kowloon Lace; third from right); Henry Lin (HK & Shanghai Lace; second from […]

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