The Construction of Western Market (North Block), 1902-1906

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HF: The building that is now known as Western Market was originally the old Western Market (North Block), which was identified by Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) as one of the Declared Monuments in 1990. It is the oldest market building surviving in Hong Kong. Further information about the demolished South Block would be of great interest. As would images […]

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Tsan Yung Mansions, Ho Man Tin – garage and head office of the Blue Taxi Company

Tsan Yung Mansions A Detail 2 2017 Photo By Angus Harden

Angus Harden read York Lo’s article, The Four Taxi Kings – Blue, Central, New and Star which includes: “The garage of Blue Taxi was initially located at the corner of Nathan Road and Market Street. In 1964, Tsan Yung built the 12 story, 72 units Tsan Yung Mansion at 70 Waterloo Road in Homantin. He and his family occupied various floors of […]

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Swire Duro Ltd – paint manufacturer

IDJ has sent the following, undated, brief account of Swire Duro Ltd: “Swire Duro Limited was for many years known in Hong Kong for its decorative and industrial coatings. However, while it continues to manufacture paint at its purpose-built factory on Tsing Yi Island, the bulk of its output now goes to the joint venture company, ICI Swire Paints Limited, […]

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Robey & Company, Lincoln, UK – suppliers of structure and machinery at Silver Mine, Mui Wo

Robey & Company Advert 1898 Grace's Guides

Andrew Wood’s article, The Silver Mine of Silver Mine Bay, contains the following: “By 1888, Ho’s engineers had driven at least four adits – horizontal tunnels – deep into the granite… An aerial ropeway took the ore from the mine over rice fields and a hill to a smelting works near the seashore 3000 feet (900 metres) away on the north side […]

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The Mariners’ Club – constructed 1967 – about to undergo major renovations

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“The Mariners’ Club has reinstated plans to renovate its near half-century-old building which have been put on and off the table for nearly 30 years, as declining revenue and a low number of seafarers using the club put pressure on its financial sustainability… … The number of Hong Kong sailors working on long-haul vessels has dropped from a peak of […]

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Shanghainese Builders in Hong Kong (Part Five) – Ngo Kee and Sung Foo Kee/Lidell

Shanghainese Builders 5 York Lo Detail Raymond Sung In 1972

York Lo: Shanghainese Builders in Hong Kong (Part Five) – Ngo Kee and Sung Foo Kee/Lidell Ngo Kee and Sung Foo Kee (now Sun Fook Kong) are two other leading construction firms which trace their roots back to pre-war Shanghai. Owned and managed respectively by the Loo and the Sung families for over half a century, the two firms were […]

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An Appraisal of the Squatter Factories Clearance Policy in Hong Hong, 1985

Squatter Factories Clearance Policy 1985 Image B Detail Dyeing Factory In Diamond Hill

Tsang King Man wrote a report for the Individual Planning Workshop in 1985, as part of the partial fulfillment for an MSc, titled An Appraisal of the Squatter Factories Clearance Policy in Hong Hong. The images included in the report were not of a high quality. Many thanks to IDJ for making them more presentable. They appear to be have been taken […]

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Shanghainese Builders in Hong Kong (Part Three) – Voh Kee, Chang Sung and Dah Cheng

York Lo: Shanghainese Builders in Hong Kong (Part Three) – Voh Kee, Chang Sung and Dah Cheng Voh Kee, Chang Sung and Dah Cheng were three Shanghainese builders which set up shop in Hong Kong between 1945 and 1949 and remained active in the local construction scene during the 1950s. All three firms have since faded away from the HK construction […]

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Shanghainese Builders in Hong Kong (Part Two) – Hsin Chong and Hsin Heng

York Lo: Shanghainese Builders in Hong Kong (Part Two) – Hsin Chong and Hsin Heng In 1928, two aspiring builders from Ningbo – Godfrey Yeh and Johan Zee – co-founded Hsin Heng Construction in Shanghai and quickly made a name in the industry with projects such as the famous Chien-tang River bridge in Hangzhou. After the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese […]

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