Lindsay Ride films of HK in the 1950s – agriculture, duck herding and street scenes!

RL = Rick Law’s comments have been added. Elizabeth Ride: My father Sir Lindsay Ride shot several cine films of Hong Kong in the 1950s. The Hong Kong  Heritage Project have posted some extracts. Please note the originals are clearer than seen in these links. Hugh Farmer: I would like to thank Elizabeth for making these films available for public […]

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WW2 Poultry Farms during the Japanese occupation

ER: BAAG Report – KWIZ #71, 20.10.44. Related Indhhk articles:  World War Two – 1945 BAAG report – Dairy supplies in occupied HK The Hong Kong Fishing Industry during World War Two – on the trail of Amakusa Marine A selection of Indhhk articles about HK agriculture and fisheries: Australian cattle to Hong Kong – 1845 invitation, 1880s delivery? Chinese Preserved […]

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Itinerant Hakka Weavers in Hong Kong

James Hayes has kindly given permission to post his 1968 RASHKB article about the weaving of locally grown hemp thread into cloth during the annual visits of mostly male Hakka weavers. This was then used to make clothes, quilts, mosquito nets and other items of use in the New Territories in the 19th century. The practice appears to have ended […]

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The Kennedy Town Slaughterhouses – initial notes

HF: There were at least two slaughterhouses/abattoirs in Kennedy Town. As always additional information, photos, maps, clarification and corrections would be appreciated. I have highlighted specific questions in red. This 1889 map of Kennedy Town shows a slaughter house, adjacent incinerator and a sheep and pig depot south of Forbes Street. Their total length was about 200 metres.  For the […]

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The Smithfield slaughterhouse, Kennedy Town – photos from 1894

HF: These images come from the Colonial Collection, UK National Archives. Many thanks to Paul Onslow for sending them to me. They are of the slaughter houses and sheep and pig depot shown in this 1889 map of part of Kennedy Town. Related Indhhk articles: The Kennedy Town Slaughterhouses – initial notes

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Agriculture in the “New Territory” – 1931 article

HF:  It is worth looking at the Hong Kong Naturalist – “a quarterly illustrated journal principally for Hong Kong and South China” which was published from Jan 1930 until Feb 1941. The  journals contain articles on a variety of subjects of interest to us including, tea production, oysters, Kowloon waterworks, and a couple of mountains where mines are mentioned. One of the articles […]

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World War Two – BAAG reports – Batch 3 – HSBC lions, Tricycle taxis, Industrial companies and much more…

Elizabeth Ride has sent a further sample of British Army Aid Group reports sent during during the Japanese occupation of HK in WW2. HF: There are many industrial references including companies, factories, transport, utilties… I have given each file Elizabeth sent a new name, dates where known and a brief summary of contents. WIS = Waichow Intelligence Summary   KWIZ […]

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The Hong Kong Fishing Industry during World War Two – on the trail of Amakusa Marine

David Bellis, Mike T, Hugh Farmer and Elizabeth Ride: New information in red. In 19 Queries & Answers: Amakusa Marine Products Industrial Company, 1942, HF wrote,  “By December 1942 around 18,000 Hong Kong Chinese fishermen were reported to be receiving instructions from the Amakusa Marine Products Industrial Company.” (Snow) I said I could find nothing out about this company which […]

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The Bionomics of Pondfish Culture in the New Territories mid 1950s

IDJ + HF: This short report from the mid-1950s mentions: a) The different breeds of fish b) The levels these breeds feed at within the ponds c) The economic dynamics of photoplankton  as shown in this charming illustration  drawn by  Ip Tam Po The Bionomics of Pondfish Culture in the New Territories T Chow, Fisheries Research Unit, Dept of Zoology, […]

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World War Two – BAAG reports – Batch 1 – HK industrial companies, trading syndicates…

Elizabeth Ride has sent a sample of BAAG reports from 1942 to 1944. These cover mainly commodity prices and supply in Hong Kong during this period plus snippets about currency, utilities, transport, trade syndicates and the Canton Army Commissariat which operated factories in Canton producing for the Japanese army. File 11  mentions four HK companies. HF: I have given each […]

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