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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The Silver-Haired Midas: Kan Koam-Tsing, the Banker and Gold Dealer who backed South Sea Textile and Camelpaint

Kan Koam Tsing 1952 Photo

York Lo: The Silver-Haired Midas: Kan Koam-Tsing, the Banker and Gold Dealer who backed South Sea Textile and Camelpaint Bankers played a critical role in the post-war industrial development of Hong Kong and one particular financier – Kan Koam-tsing (簡鑑清) stood out. Owner of a Chinese bank bearing his name and a major player in the lucrative gold trade, Kan […]

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The Hong Kong Soya Bean Products Company…Vitasoy – manufactured in Hong Kong since 1940

Vitasoy Detail Undated Factory Photo Courtesy SCMP

One of our earliest articles was Linda Kernan’s, The Vitasoy Story, which was sent out in email Newsletter 6 in May 2013. A recent SCMP article provides further information about the company which was started in 1940 by Lo Kwee Seong as The Hong Kong Soya Bean Products Company. As this suggests, “It’s one of a few classic Hong Kong brands, […]

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Beer in Hong Kong – Part Six – the San Miguel Breweries at Sham Tseng and Yuen Long

San Miguel Brewery, Sham Tseng Courtesy San Mig SCMP

Martyn Cornell has kindly given permission for extracts from his article, A Short History of Beer in Hong Kong, to be posted on our website. The article was published in the Journal of the Brewery History Society, Brewery History, Issue 156, 2012. Martyn has his own blog, Zythophile – Beer now and then, linked below. Despite its title the article is […]

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Cascade Tourist Service (HK) Ltd – 1981 imported ex-Nottingham double-deckers – transporting HUD workers

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James Chan: Cascade Tourist Service (HK) Ltd, aka Cascade Intertrade Corporation (CIC), was incorporated on 8th August 1975 and dissolved on 31st December 2004. The company was mainly involved in transporting the workers of Hongkong United Dockyard (HUD) to its Tsing Yi island shipyard but was also involved on hire to Citybus. “Cascade became the sixth Hong Kong operator to […]

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George Baker – an American Pioneer of the HK Electronics Industry

International Service Corporation 1963 Detail Advert Transistor Radio From IDJ

York Lo: George Baker – an American Pioneer of the HK Electronics Industry Several years ago I wrote an article for this group about Peter HT Woo, the “Father of the HK Electronics Industry”, whose radio assembler Champagne Engineering (founded in 1958 and later renamed Atlas Electronics) is often credited as the first electronics company in Hong Kong. Another early […]

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Town Gas gasometer, Aberdeen – made and erected in 1981 through the collaboration of HUD and S Cutler & Sons, Telford, UK

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Stephen Davies: An interesting question to which I don’t know the answer, is what the provenance is of the gasometer that still stands (and I believe is in use for stand-by storage) back from the Tin Wan Praya waterfront just outside the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter West entrance (on the north shore). I’m fairly sure it’s been there as long as I […]

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Shell Oil tankers built by Hong Kong & Whampoa Dockyard

Bantry Bay Shell Tanker HK & Whampoa Dockyard Built

HF: Twelve Shell Oil tankers were built by the Hong Kong & Whampoa Dockyard according to the detailed records maintained by the website Helderline linked below. Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company was responsible for the ships of Shell Transport and Trading from about 1898 to 1955 when Shell acquired the assets of ASPC essentially bringing its fleet of ships in-house. The information below regarding […]

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Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company – several ships built by Hong Kong & Whampoa Dockyard

Anglo Saxon Petroleum Company Logo Wikipedia

HF: The 1923 HK Telegraph advert shown below shows the Oil Tank Steamer Paludina one of several ships built by the Hongkong & Whampoa Dockyard for the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company. The company operated from about 1898 to 1955 when Shell acquired the company’s assets, essentially bringing its fleet of ships in-house. I don’t know whether Anglo-Saxon operated a HK office though given its size […]

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Ma On Shan Mine – Part Two, Going Underground

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Introduction The Ma On Shan Mine was developed using open cast excavation as the primary means to extract the iron ore following the initial find in 1905 to the early 1950’s. As part of the Japanese managed mine modernisation, mineral extraction went underground with the use of mining techniques. This had a twofold effect, reducing labour requirements, and boosting productivity. […]

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