Sing Lee Shrimp Sauce and Paste Factory, Tai O

Hugh Farmer: When I first came to Lamma Island in the early 1990s  a powerful odour greeted the visitor as you entered Yung Shue Wan. The smell was  instantly recognisable and initially overwhelmingly unpleasant. The manufacturing of shrimp paste. I got used to the odour. Then I  began to actually like it. And now I miss it, it’s still made on […]

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Messrs Barretto & Co – managers of The Imperial Brewing Company 1907

Hugh Farmer: IDJ has sent these images of Messrs Barretto & Co. The company, established by the two gentlemen below  in 1895, had a large range of business concerns in Hong Kong. We are probably most interested in the company’s involvement with the Imperial Brewing Company. “An industry only recently, started in Hongkong is that carried on — under the general management […]

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KCR Whampoa Railway Siding

In November 1937, the Whampoa docks at Hung Hom were connected to the KCR by a 1.090ft siding down Baker Street. The line would provide access to the new 100T tower crane that was to be completed in 1938. As reported in the KCR 1937 Report for the year; “The crane is located alongside water which is deep enough to […]

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The British Hong-Kong Tea Company, London

Hugh Farmer: Does anyone know if this London company had any connection to Hong Kong apart from in its name? This advert is from 1847 courtesy of the superb British website www.gracesguide.co.uk. I don’t know where it was originally published. Note that “Nobility, Gentry, Clergy, Hotel & Boarding House Keepers …may be supplied with packages”. That leaves most of us out […]

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Hong Kong Trams – linking 1881 and 2014 by way of 30th July 1904

Hugh Farmer: The SCMP of 19th Febuary 2014 included an article “Still ding-dinging after 100 years”. This stated that Hong Kong Tramways had celebrated its 110th anniversary the day before. In fact this date marks the start of Hong Kong Tramways (HKT) celebration of its 110th Anniversary which will actually be on 30th July 2014.  Its website proudly announces that HKT is […]

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Bamboo Scaffolding – Dan Waters’ photo gallery

A selection of Dan Waters’ photographs of bamboo scaffolding in Hong Kong over the years: Dr. Dan Waters standing in front of the mural of pandas and bamboo at the Sheung Shui Training Centre. 2007 See: Hong Kong Industrial History: A Brief Account of the Accompanying Role Played by Technical Education and Training – Dan Waters in Newsletter 4 Technical Education and Training […]

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