Green Island Cement Company – photographs c1900

IDJ has sent these photographs of the Green Island Cement Company in about 1900. If you haven’t come across it before, it was a major Hong Kong Company…… This article was first posted on 17th March 2015. Related Indhhk articles: Green Island Cement Company Green Island Cement Company – manager late 1920s to 1949 identified and photos of earlier manager’s […]

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Cosmopolitan Dock – unusual double dock feature

Stephen Davies: The interesting thing about Cosmopolitan Dock – unique in HK and quite uncommon elsewhere – is that it was designed from the outset as two docks in one; an inner and an outer. The dock had a fat, slightly shorter outer part (212 x 100 feet) and a slightly narrower, slightly longer inner part (234 x 83 feet – […]

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Aerometro Ltd – proposed monorail Hong Kong Island 1980

IDJ: This image was accompanied by the following text: “The advocates of monorail transport proposed an “Aerometro” route along the north shore of Hong Kong Island in 1980 as an alternative to both the trams and the MTR Island line. This is how Hennessy Road would have looked. (Aerometro Ltd)” Related Indhhk articles: HK Aerial Rapid Transit Ltd – proposed monorail […]

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HK Aerial Rapid Transit Ltd – proposed monorail Kowloon 1974

IDJ: This image was accompanied by the following text: “The Rohr “Romag” suspended monorail system was proposed for a line in Kowloon in 1974. This montage indicates how Kwun Tong Road adjacent to what is now Kowloon Bay MTR station might have looked although three-car trains of the magnetic-attraction system were proposed. (HK Aerial Rapid Transit Ltd)” See: Rohr Inc […]

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Wo Fat Hing Distillery, Lung Wo village…Part Two – photos of the plant functioning

Mike T: There’s a lengthy, quite detailed article for Chinese-language readers at the link below. (I can’t read it myself, so have to infer from a poor-quality Google translation.) The author seems to have gotten a tour of the factory in 2011, and provides photos inside and out. I found it quite interesting that their production was once significant enough to […]

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The Hume Pipe (Far East) Ltd – Jock Inglis -The Peninsula Hotel and Clark Gable!

The photo of Jock Inglis has been added, thanks to Amelia Allsop and The HK Heritage Project. Thanks to IDJ for this newspaper report. Hugh Farmer: Extracted from Past & Present, the Newsletter of the Hong Kong Heritage Project (2014 No.2)  – John ‘Jock’ Inglis arrived in Hong Kong in 1938 as General Manager for the Hume Pipe Co., an Australian […]

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Cosmopolitan Docks during the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945

Elizabeth Ride: Extracts from reports in the BAAG Intelligence Summaries.  Layout [Map reference 192583:  GSGS 3868 1/20,000 HK&NT]. Sketch not found, but this Japanese map of the harbour and facilities may contain some information to  readers of Japanese.  2. During the Occupation. “According to one source, many of the ships salvaged by the Japanese were taken to this dockyard for repair.” 1943 […]

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Early modern Hong Kong industrial design – Chuen Sun Knitting Factory Ltd

Mike T: There’s an interesting connection to the 555 undershirt brand made in Hong Kong by Chuen Sun Knitting Factory Ltd in the book “Design History: An Anthology”. “Early modern Hong Kong industrial design Hong Kong industrial design during the first half of the twentieth century developed much the same adaptive and synthetic strategies as that of graphic design. The silversmithing […]

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Chuen Sun Knitting Factory

HF: This picture shows the trademarks of Chuen Sun Knitting Factory, including Three Fives Brand, Seven Sevens Brand, under which knitted shirts, vests, shirts and sportswear were manufactured. The factory was first established by Chan Mo-chau and partners at O’Bailey Street in Macau. In 1934 the company set up a factory at 98-200 of Tung Choi Street of Mong Kok. In […]

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To Kwa Wan Quarry c1841 and 1944

HF: New information in red I am assuming, until corrected, that there was only one To Kwa Wan quarry. The quarry dates back to pre-colonial times. Patrick Hase, in his Indhhk article, Quarrying and transportation of stone in Hong Kong, 1841, says, “The most prestigious stone in Canton and the Pearl River Delta area for such quality buildings was Hong Kong granite, which […]

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