A Study of the Hongkong Printing Press, Part 1

Lisbello De Jesus Xavier Far Eastern Currents And Roy Eric Xavier

Roy Eric Xavier, Director, Portuguese and Macanese Studies Project at the University of California, Berkeley, USA has kindly granted permission to reproduce the following article. Roy also runs the absorbing website Far Eastern Currents which covers a wide range of research into the Macanese Diaspora especially in Macau and Hong Kong.  Rot’s article and website are both linked below as are two of our […]

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Eternal Fortune and Fame – The 140 Year old Saga of Chinese Winemaker Wing Lee Wai (永利威)

WING LEE Wai Winemaker Bottles Of Wine In Front Of The Portrait Of Founder Wong Sing Hui York Loss

York Lo: Eternal Fortune and Fame – The 140 Year old Saga of Chinese Winemaker Wing Lee Wai (永利威)  With an auspicious Chinese name which stands for “eternal fortune and fame”, the 140 year old Wing Lee Wai is one of the oldest businesses in Hong Kong, operating out of its base at 124 Wing Lok Street in Sheung Wan […]

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Hong Kong and Macau Heliports and Sky Shuttle helicopter company

Pearl River Heliports Sky Shuttle Helicopter At The Macau Terminal IDJ

IDJ has dug into his extensive HK transport files again. This time the subject is Pearl River Heliports, concentrating on those in HK and Macau extracted from an article published in the bi-monthly UK magazine, Airports of the World published by Key Publishing. The captions accompanying the images are those used in the original magazine article. Pearl River Heliports   […]

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SMC, DEMC and TAT – Pioneers of the Hong Kong Electric Fan Industry

Wing Tat Electrical Manufacturing And TAT Advert 1981 Wah Kiu Yat Po 1981 8 27 York Lo

York Lo: SMC, DEMC and TAT – Pioneers of the Hong Kong Electric Fan Industry Entrepreneurs from Hong Kong have long played an important role in the electric fan industry globally. The property and investments billionaire Joseph Lau made his first fortune selling ceiling fans to the US and the Middle East with his Union Ngok Kee and Evergo in the […]

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HK Cutlery Manufacturers from the 1960s and 1970s – Chuang’s, Trinity, Foo Kwong, HK Tableware and Good Friend

Chuang's Cutlery Image 5 York Lo

York Lo: HK Cutlery Manufacturers from the 1960s and 1970s – Chuang’s, Trinity, Foo Kwong, HK Tableware and Good Friend  In the 1960s, the cutlery industry emerged in Hong Kong thanks to the UK government’s policy of Commonwealth preference which favored imports from HK over Japan. The industry grew very rapidly in the early 1960s, with total exports grew from […]

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Leader of the Battery Pack: Hing Wah and Five Rams Batteries

Hing Wah Anf Five Rams Batteries Image 6 York Lo

York Lo: Leader of the Battery Pack: Hing Wah and Five Rams Batteries Left: Five Rams batteries ad in 1955 (Source: IDJ); Right: Hing Wah’s HK plant in the 1950s (Source: HK Memory) Founded in Canton and expanded to Hong Kong in 1938, Hing Wah Battery Factory (興華電池廠) was one of the oldest and largest players in the batteries industry in […]

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Rose, Downs and Thompson – Engineers, Hull and London, branch offices opened in Shanghai and Hong Kong in 1910s

Rose, Downs And Thompson Detail Offices And Showrooms 1917 Courtesy Virtual Shanghai

Rose, Downs and Thompson of Hull, UK was a manufacturer of plant for processing edible oils for making animal feeds and  was also involved in supplying dredgers and excavators. This company biography suggests that in the first decade of the 20th century the company opened branches in bothShanghai and Hong Kong. 1777 Company established. 1871 Christiana Rose, of Rose and Downs, died 1874 […]

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The Kings of Industries – the family behind Wearbest Garment in HK and Wha Mei Tobacco in old Shanghai

Wearbest Garment Image 7 York Lo

York Lo: The Kings of Industries – the family behind Wearbest Garment in HK and Wha Mei Tobacco in old Shanghai    As profiled in many other articles in this group, Shanghainese industrialists played a crucial role in the post-WWII industrialization in HK in fields ranging from textile, plastic, enamelware, construction and many others. In the field of garments, Sieh-Ting King […]

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Air Cushion Hovercraft in Hong Kong

Air Cushion Hovercraft In Hong Kong Image 4 IDJ

IDJ: Air Cushion Hovercraft in Hong Kong Many HK residents will recall the HYF’s and Discovery Bay rigid side-wall hovercraft racing through the harbour during the 1980s and 1990s. However, true air-cushion hovercraft came to Hong Kong in the late 1960s or early 1970s, introduced by amateur owners and based at the Far East Flying Training School at Kai Tak. […]

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