Sir Jack Cater, pre-ICAC first Director of Agriculture and Fisheries plus other related organisations

HF: It was with interest that I was told recently that Sir Jack Cater began his career in Hong Kong in 1946 as a cadet officer in the Fisheries Department, held various related posts and became Director of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1964. In February 1974, he was appointed first Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) by Governor MacLehose following […]

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Night soil collection in Hong Kong – honey buckets…information needed

IDJ wrote in reponse to the article, Worst (industrial) job in Hong Kong, – naturally Night Soil Collector. This task went on certainly during my time in HK primarily servicing Western District’s old properties with no drains or sewage pipe-work. I recall it was all dumped into barges at Kennedy Town and taken out to sea for dumping. You could smell the stench […]

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The five Tang brothers – oyster farming Deep Bay, Sui Luen Weaving Mill 瑞麟 織造廠, Sui Luen Towel Mill 瑞麟毛巾 廠, Tung On Cheong Bakery 同安祥餅家 – further information provided by a granddaughter

HF: Jennie Tang, the granddaughter of one of the five Tang brothers, left a comment about the original Historical Building Appraisal article shown below. It should be noted that Jennie doubts the existence of the third brother mentioned in the Appraisal. When I contacted her she kindly sent further information, and the two photos shown here, especially about her grandfather, […]

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No.1 Tai O Market Street 大澳街市街 – manufacture of oars and paddles for fishing boats

HF: “Tai O Market Street (大澳街市街) has been, and still is, the busiest economic centre of Tai O. Several old buildings still remain along the Street, with Nos. 1, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 17 lying on the west side, and Nos. 2, 4 and 14 along its east side. The one at No. 1 stands on a land lot […]

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Industrial Districts – Tuen Mun

This article is the result of several people’s research  into industrial development, manufacturing, and other related topics in Tuen Mun district. If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to the list, it would be good to hear from you. I can then gradually add to this framework to provide a  fuller picture with an […]

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The declining oyster trade of Lau Fau Shan – HKU project to revive the 700 year old industry

HF: “For 700 years, the oyster beds of Lau Fau Shan have been producing the prized shellfish, but they’ve lost their lustre amid contamination fears linked to climate change. A four-part plan aims to revive the industry.” From the SCMP 17th January 2016. Further extracts: A third-generation oyster farmer [Chan Yu Tong], …has seen the 700-year-old industry in Lau Fau Shan […]

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Lamma Island incense timber theft arrests

HF: From the SCMP 4th January 2015: Five mainlanders who arrived in Hong Kong last Thursday for a seven-day sightseeing visit were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of stealing 40 logs of incense timber on Lamma Island, police said yesterday. The 150kg haul, estimated to be worth about HK$1.5 million, is almost three times what police seized in four cases of […]

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Salt production, oldest industry in Hong Kong, Tai O

Hugh Farmer: This Enviromental Impact Assessment Report by the Civil Engineering Department in May 2000 provides some detail about salt production in Tai O on Lantau island. IDJ has provided the images showing the salt fields and workers of Tai O which do not come from the report. Jennifer Wong has kindly translated the script attached to the photographs. As the […]

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Dairy Farm museum at Pok Fu Lam – SCMP article

HF: The SCMP of the 18th June 2015 contained an article about the lengthy conversion of the old senior staff quarters into a museum by 1919. This should perhaps be read in conjunction with a Ming Pao article of 23rd August 2015, linked below, in which Dr. Edward Yiu, Associate Professor of the Department of Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – dairy supplies & facilities

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it […]

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