Feather Works in Hong Kong – initial notes

HF: I have come across feather works/factories being mentioned in Hong Kong in four sources. Dated 1899, 1908, 1910s and 1939. a) In  the 1899 Jurors List http://gwulo.com/jurors-list-1899 “Leopold Schinz, Technical Manager, Feather Factory, Kennedy Town” b) In Twentieth Century Impressions of Hong-kong, Shanghai and Other Treaty Ports of China, Wright A, Lloyd’s Greater Britain Publishing Company Ltd., 1908. “Another important business in […]

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Messrs. L.M. Alvares & Co, Ginger + Feathers c1908

HF: Extracted from Twentieth Century Impressions of Hong-kong, Shanghai and Other Treaty Ports of China, Wright A, Lloyd’s Greater Britain Publishing Company Ltd., 1908. A popular delicacy at home is the preserved ginger imported largely from China. The Hing Loong ginger factory in Canton is noted for producing some of tlie finest qualities, the export of which is controlled by Messrs. […]

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Appeal for personal accounts of working in any aspect of HK’s industrial past

I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has personal anecdotes or reminiscences about any aspect of Hong Kong’s industrial past including those mentioned below. Whether you yourself or a family member worked in these industries, or you know of someone who left written memories or photographs, it would be great to hear about it. The group is […]

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Shek Pik Reservoir – Tai O Road construction link to end of Tai O salt production

HF: See added extract from a report at the end of this article regarding suggested reason for the final demise of the salt industry in Tai O which had probably been in existence (at least in HK) from about the 3rd century BC. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of Shek Pik Reservoir on Lantau island. It was […]

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1939 Report on Labour and Labour Conditions in Hong Kong

Tymon Mellor has sent the following report published on 11th April 1939 on Labour and Labour Conditions in Hong Kong. The author was Mr HR Butters. Sessional Papers 1939, Papers laid before the Legislative Council of Hongkong 1939. HF: The Hong Kong Memory Project introduces this report with the following: – The 65-page report was prepared by the first Labour Officer in […]

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Lard Factories in HK – nauseating stench RAF Kai Tak 1920s

HF and IDJ: The latter says this extract comes from a booklet titled ‘History of RAF Kai Tak’ produced by RAF Kai Tak in the 1970s. So much for the Kai Tak Bund area being the high class residential area the original promoters (Kai & Tak) hoped for! IDJ also sent the following Yun On Cheung image from the 1950s. HF: Lard dull?  Here’s an […]

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