Operation “Mateys” – Dock workers extraction from HK during the Japanese occupation WW2

Elizabeth Ride: Here is a transcription of an audio letter from my father, Sir Lindsay Ride, which concerns the Dockyard workers’ extraction from HK during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, World War Two. For further details about this please see the article, WW2 – BAAG, Mateys and Allied attempts to disrupt HK Dockyards, linked below. “Operation “Mateys” was one of the […]

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The Hongkong and China Gas Company – BAAG report/map – Mau Tau Kok – Sept 1944

Elizabeth Ride has sent this BAAG report and map about the Hongkong Gas Works at Mau Tau Kok in September 1944. Related Indhhk articles: The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – early history from 1860s The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – information and images from c1908 The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd / Towngas – 150th […]

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Acid factory, To Kwa Wan, BAAG reports

Elizabeth Ride has sent three BAAG reports that briefly mention an unnamed acid factory in To Kwa Wan in 1942/43. Further information about the actual name of this company would be welcomed. Presumably these reports are all about the same factory? Or more on the acid factory in Cheung Sha Wan as indicated in WIS #14, 16.12.42. New Information WIS #14, […]

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Holga Cameras – interview with TM Lee their creator

HF: This interview with the 84 year old creator of Holga cameras, TM Lee, was conducted by Manami Okazaki in Mr Lee’s office in Hong Kong in February 2014. The interview has been slightly adapted. He talks about Holga’s history, including why the camera never sold in China, and the company’s efforts to stay afloat amid the slow demise of […]

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Dragon Kilns – last Hong Kong one fired in 1990 – dramatic photo

IDJ has sent this photo and accompanying short article about the demise of Dragon Kilns in Hong Kong. The technique as shown in the image looks more like hand-to-hand warfare than the manufacturing of bowls and cups. Was the white bucket used to extinguish the fires if things got a little out of control…? Such kilns were certainly found at […]

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Amoy Canning locations – Ngau Tau Kok Road, Amoy Gardens, Ngau Chi Wan – clarification needed?

HF: I am somewhat confused about whether the contemporary Amoycan Industrial Centre was part of the area of Amoy Cannings large industrial concern which is now Amoy Gardens. The maps below show the two locations as being close together but did Amoy Canning in its prime actually extend north to include the site of the present Amoycan Industrial Centre before […]

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The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd / Towngas – 150th Anniversary 2012 – superb photographs

HF: These photographs were included in Towngas 1862-2012: Lighting the Past. Brightening the Future produced to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Hongkong and China Gas / Towngas. This is linked below. See: Towngas 1862-2012: Lighting the Past. Brightening the Future. Towngas Press Release 5th June 2012 – 150th Anniversary Related Indhhk articles: The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – early […]

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The origins of Wahee, Smith & Co. (later China Sugar Refinery.)

York Lo has found this extract from the Carl Smith book linked below. One of the  early business enterprises in which Tong Mow-chee and his brother, Tong King-sing, were interested was the first sugar refinery built in Hong Kong. The sugar company grew out of a business parnership between Tong King-sing, William McGregor Smith and a Mr Dahlbeck. When the […]

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