Robert Fan Wenzhao, architect, involved in Hong Kong industrial locations

Maureen Fan left a comment below Carles Brasó Broggi’s article Shanghai Spinners: Pioneers of Hong Kong’s Industrialisation. This reads in part: Thank you for your informative article. My grandfather Robert Fan Wenzhao (1893-1979) was the architect who designed the HK Spinners factory at Cheung Sha Wan, including the workers dormitories, a dining hall, a recreation area, basketball and volleyball courts and […]

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Scotch derricks – their use in Hong Kong construction projects

Ian Wolfe: The second photo shows construction of the basement of the Old Bank of China in progress with a Scotch [also known as a stiff-leg] derrick as the only means of rigging heavy steel sections, which was required for the excavation and lateral suppport (ESL) work when this was getting deeper. Scotch derricks were common in the old days […]

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Nan Fung Textiles Mill factory, Tsuen Wan – conservation project

The SCMP of 31st August 2016 has an article about the Mill6 Foundation, a “non-profit arts and cultural institution” run by property developer Nan Fung Group. “The foundation is working on a heritage conservation project called The Mills in Tsuen Wan, restoring the former Nan Fung cotton mill in situ. The project is expected to be completed in 2018. [The project […]

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Tai Tam Upper Reservoir – Historic Building Appraisal

HF: Several structures at Tai Tam Upper Reservoir have been accorded Grade II status by the Antiquities and Monuments Office. Namely: the Dam itself, the Valve House, the two Masonry Bridges, the Tunnel Inlet & Recorder House, the Tunnel Outlet & the Stone House. Nicholas Kitto has kindly sent the photo shown here. More of his photos of Hong Kong reservoirs […]

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Cheung Sha Wan Abattoir, 1969-1999

HF: Cheung Sha Wan Abattoir was one of HK’s three main slaughter houses before they were all closed and Sheung Shui opened. Established in 1969, it closed in October 1999. It’s a very large building, which I have been unable to enter, and is connected to the adjacent vegetable market via a footbridge. The Government’s decided in 1995 to close the three main […]

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Ho Hung Yee – 70 years umbrella maker and repairer – stall preserved

HF: The SCMP of 6th April 2016 contained an article about the preservation of Ho Hung Yee’s umbrella stall. It will be dismantled and “may” be permanently exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of History. The article begins: “Atop the slopes of Central’s Peel Street, a modest crowd stood admiring a historic umbrella street stall for the last time on […]

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Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market – built 1913

HF: If you visit Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market during the day you may well think it’s closed, ready to be fenced off and facing imminent demoliton. However, piled boxes of fruit on the surrounding streets and inside locked wire cages within indicate there’s life in the old place yet. If you want to see the market fully functioning […]

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Amoycan Industrial Centre – Kowloon Bay – connection to Amoy Canning? – major fire June 2016

James Chan: I came across this industrial building when out for an urban walk. The Amoycan Industrial Centre, Block no.1 at  7 Ngau Tau Kok Road, Kowloon Bay. The “Amoycan” part of the sign is very similar to the script used by Amoy Canning. I wonder if this building had a direct connection to the latter company? I took the […]

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Hong Kong Industry during World War Two

HF: This is an article where we can gradually add information about what happened to HK’s industry, manufacturing, mining , transport and other related areas during World War 2. As bits and pieces come in I’ll update the article and re-post it with the current date. Contributors: PC Philip Cracknell ADW HF Hugh Farmer IDJ YL York Lo FCM Fung […]

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Ma On Shan Iron Mine – recent damage caused to explosives storeroom

HF: The SCMP of 18th April 2016 contained an article about damage caused to the explosives storeroom at the Ma On Shan mine complex by workers from the Lands Department who mistakenly thought it was to be demolished. The article begins: The government last week almost flattened a house in a remote village proposed for grading as a historic building, in […]

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