World War Two – 1944 BAAG reports – Four HK Shipyards

HF: Elizabeth Ride has sent information about four Shipyards from BAAG reports made during the Japanese occupation. This information is of interest with regard to what was (or wasn’t ) happening in them in 1944. The first Taikoo Docks is well known. The other three much less so. Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard, Wing On Shing Shipyard and Tai Kok Tsui […]

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Pre-WW2 Industrialisation – products, when first manufactured and by whom

HF: The following list shows the product, date when first manufactured in Hong Kong and the company involved. The website has information about only of two of these, Leung So Kee Umbrella Factory, and  The Hong Kong Cotton- Spinning, Weaving and Dyeing Co. Ltd. Therefore  further information about any of these companies would be welcomed.  And confirmation that they were indeed […]

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World War Two – BAAG agent’s drawings from the Japanese occupation, industrial locations

HF: Elizabeth Ride has sent information about the British Army Aid Group’s (BAAG) drawings of Japanese installations which were made by agents to supplement written intelligence reports about Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation in WW2. Some of the drawings and accompanying notes mention locations and companies directly connected with Hong Kong’s  industrial history. Unfortunately the pages are not numbered. […]

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Tsing Yi Power Station – 1966 construction to 1998 demolition

IDJ: For anyone looking towards the west from around 1966 onwards, the Tsing Yi Power Station site was an increasingly prominent feature of the harbor view. As the five tall concrete chimneys were built progressively from 1968 onwards, no one could fail to see them against the backdrop of the hills on the island. An illustrated brochure was handed out […]

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Australian cattle to Hong Kong – 1845 invitation, 1880s delivery?

HF:  “Since colonisation began, Australia has bred animals for export. In the 1820s, horses were sent to India for military and civilian use, while Western Australia started exporting live sheep in 1845. Australia’s first shipment of cattle arrived in Hong Kong in the 1880s. In 1903, sheep were sent to Africa, the Pacific islands and Asia.”  The Age, Australia 8th May […]

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Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy: China, William Jardine, the Celestial, and other HK connections

HF: Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, 1st Baronet (15 July 1783 – 14 April 1859), also spelt Jejeebhoy or Jeejebhoy, was a Parsi India merchant and philanthropist. He had close connections over a lengthy period with Hong Kong, through his business association with William Jardine,  his merchant fleet using its harbour and for having had the first Hong Kong built ocean-going ship constructed here. This extract it […]

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Export of ‘kuan-hsiang’ 莞香 incense from Hong Kong Ts’un, Aberdeen Harbour – Ming Dynasty

HF: Fung Chi Ming has sent chapter 5 of Hong Kong and its External Communication before 1842: The History of Kong Kong prior to British arrival.  This contains a short section on The Relation between ‘Hong Kong’ and the Kuan-Hsiang’.  And this partly concerns the former village of Hong Kong T’s’un (香港村) in what is now Aberdeen harbour and which was the sole […]

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