The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group on RTHK Sunday 12th January 2014

Hugh Farmer was  interviewed by Annemarie Evans on her RTHK  programme  Hong Kong Heritage, first broadcast on Saturday 12 Jan. He spoke about how he became interested in Industrial History in the UK and Hong Kong and why he set up The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group. He then highlighted a few subjects of interest including incense water mills and […]

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Dr Ferdinand Korn, Tai Koo Sugar and a case of the ‘British disease’?

“When Taikoo Sugar Refinery [began] operations… a number of expatriates  had been Germans as indeed had the general manager and former chief chemist, Dr Ferdinand Korn. The refinery’s owners, however were ‘inclined not to go in for too many Germans if we can secure really reliable Britishers’. Not that such ‘Britishers’ were without fault: ‘I am satisfied’, remarked one senior […]

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Paul Tsui’s Memoirs – 1948 HK Manufacturing References

Many thanks to Lawrence Tsui for sending his father’s, Paul Tsui’s unpublished Memoirs – My Life and My Encounters see  http://www.galaxylink.com.hk/~john/paul/paul.html Paul Tsui Ka Cheung was born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong on Nov 5 1916. He had a very full life, including some dramatic times during WW2. He started work in Hong Kong as a Cadet Officer Class 2, on […]

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Toy Museum in Hong Kong + 1972 World’s largest exporter of Toys

Hugh Farmer writes, The SCMP of 10 Dec 2013, has an article “Museum plans an old school revival” which mentions a plan by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries and the Hong Kong Toys Council to  set up a permanent museum dedicated to toys produced here. Sounds like an excellent idea given the importance of the toy industry in Hong Kong […]

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Hong Kong Industrial Adverts from the 1950s – part two

IDJ has sent some wonderfully evocative and picturesque advertising posters from 1955. They were published by the Hong Kong Government’s Department of Commerce and Industry in a 180 page government handout, typical at that time, to prospective overseas buyers outlining what Hong Kong could sell you or manufacture for you. IDJ continues, “I’ve had my copy for several years and originally acquired […]

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Hong Kong Industrial Adverts from the 1950s – part one

IDJ has sent some wonderfully evocative and picturesque advertising posters from 1955. They were published by the Hong Kong Government’s Department of Commerce and Industry in a 180 page government handout, typical at that time, to prospective overseas buyers outlining what Hong Kong could sell you or manufacture for you. IDJ continues, “I’ve had my copy for several years and […]

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