The Hongkong Oxygen & Carbide Company during WW2

HF: The Indhhk article linked below suggests some confusion about three companies that had similiar sounding names during WW2 and the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. They were: a) Hong Kong Oxygen b) Hongkong Oxygen & Carbide c) Far East Oxygen & Acetylene Time to attempt to separate them starting with Hongkong Oxygen & Carbide. Elizabeth Ride has sent these […]

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The Decline of Hawkers Markets in Hong Kong – but where were they?

HF: The SCMP of 12th December 2014 contained a full page article, Bazaar Behaviour. This outlines the decline in the number of  hawkers markets and discusses the view that “public policy over the years has served to concentrate retail activity in sanitised malls.” The article mentions:- – there were about 40 such bazaars in the 1970s. – that the number […]

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F Blackhead & Company, c1908 article

IDJ has sent the following article about F. Blackhead & Company written about 1908: In the early days, before the establishment of Hongkong as a British Colony, Whampoa was the farthest point to which the Chinese permitted foreign ships to proceed up the West River. Many difficulties were experienced at this port by vessels in obtaining stores, and it was […]

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Chun Hing [Diesel] Oil Factory, Kennedy Town, WW2

Elizabeth Ride has sent this BAAG report about Chun Hing Oil. HF: There is a contemporary Kwan Yick Building at  430-440A Des Voeux Rd West in Shek Tong Tsui which is the area immediately east of Kennedy Town. And a contemporary company, Chun Hing Petro-chemical Ltd, whose address is given as Fu Yung Building, Tsuen Wan. BAAG Report WIS #28 25.4.43 […]

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Andrew Weir Shipping and Trading Co.Ltd (Bank Line) – connection to Sha Lo Wan Mine, Lantau

HF: Tymon Mellor’s article, Sha Lo Wan Mine, includes, “A local company, The Bank Line (China) Ltd was interested in production of the ore for shipment to Japan, through Andrew Weir & Co, a local “reputable firm” as advised by the superintendent of Mines in a memo dated 7th January, 1953.” Here is an introduction to this British shipping company […]

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Alfred Holt, 1829-1911, founder of Alfred Holt & Co (Holts Wharf TST)

HF: Holt’s Wharf and the Godown were set up in 1910 and jointly owned by the Swire Group and Blue Funnel Line. Together they formed  a railway and freight hub in Tsim Sha Tsui. See the article, Holts’s Wharf and Godown, linked below. Here is Alfred Holt’s obituary posted on the excellent Grace’s Guides website and originally published by The Institution […]

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The China Klinwares Manufacturing Company – 1932 to 1956

HF: The article, I-Feng Enamelling Company and Freezinhot Bottle Co., Ltd. includes: In 1937, after buying the assets of Keung Hwa Aluminium and Enamelling Company, Mr. Dung Ji-fu founded I-Feng Enamelling Company in Hong Kong to sell aluminium and enamel ware. York Lo adds: I believe the English name of Keung Hwa should be “China Klinwares Manufacturing Co”. Dung Ji-fu should also […]

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