Incense tree plantation in Hong Kong

Dan Water’s article in Newsletter 8, Recollections of a Visit to a Joss-stick Mill in Tsuen Wan, describes the decline of this once important Hong Kong industry. It is highly unlikely there will be a serious revival of the incense mills (though how delightful it would be to visit a reconstructed, working incense water mill above Tsuen Wan on Tai […]

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Manufacturing in HK 1876 and 1881 – a comparison of numbers of workers

Hugh Farmer writes, in Newsletter Seven  I mentioned Chinese manufacturing enterprises in the 1870s. These included two for preserving ginger and other processed food including soy sauce and preserved fruit, several machine-makers, a tannery, a paper factory and a manufacturer of matches, workshops for producing cigars, tobacco, clothing, glass, oars, rifles, ropes, umbrellas, spectacles, tooth-powder and soap, as well as […]

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8 Indigo in Hong Kong

8 Indigo in Hong Kong   From the China Mail 1st May 1876. The Postmaster General has issued the following notification…’The Italian Post Office has complained that, in the mail for the Continent…which left Hongkong on the 20th January, was a sample of Indigo, which became loose and damaged the whole mail…The public are therefore again earnestly begged not to attempt to send […]

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The Hong Kong Heritage Project

https://www.hongkongheritage.org The Hong Kong Heritage Project was commissioned by Sir Michael Kadoorie in May 2007 to consolidate the Kadoorie family business records. Amelia Allsop is the very helpful Collections Manager. Records of HK Industrial companies kept at the archive include the HK and Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd, the HK and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Co. Ltd, the HK Rope Manufacturing […]

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Wing Hong Industrial Building

The SCMP 19th January 2013 mentions a plan to turn the 50-year-old Wing Hong industrial building  in Cheung Sha Wan into a commercial building. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1131191/ura-spend-hk17b-renovating-cheung-sha-wan-factory-1960s If you hear of any recent/current HK industrial demolitions, re-use please send them in. This article originally appeared in Newsletter 04

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Kowloon Walled City 2 – manufacturing

I would like to thank David Bellis for reminding me about the book: “City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City” Girard G. and Lambot I. Watermark ,1993 The following article draws heavily on this book which may still be available in bookshops and is certainly to be found in HK Public Libraries (915.25 GIR).  The book contains an undated […]

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