Tai Ping Carpets International Ltd, 1956 to the early 1970s

HF: Tai Ping Carpets was founded in 1956 by a group of seven friends. Each of the seed investors contributed HKD10,000 to build  a factory to employ mainland refugees. I have found no information about where this factory was. No doubt the Anthony Lawrence book about the company mentioned at the end of this article would provide great detail regarding […]

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CLP- Lawrence Kadoorie speech 1977 – HK + Hok Un Power Station during WW2

Hugh Farmer: The Hong Kong Heritage Project is a repository for the Kadoorie family’s history and archives. Part of this collection concerns the China Light & Power Company Syndicate founded in 1901, which became CLP and finally in 1998 CLP Holdings Ltd. This includes a speech Lawrence Kadoorie made in 1977  to the Hong Kong Management Association, regarding alternative energy sources. […]

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Cheung Chau Electric Company – further information

Hugh Farmer: This page comes from the CLP website. It contains much information of great interest to us, including:, ” In the 1950s there were many small factories of leather, incense, paper, ice and shipbuilding on the island”. Secondly it reports that “kerosene was the fuel for electricity and thus the cost was high”. I had never heard of this […]

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Messrs. Shewan, Tomes & Co

Hugh Farmer: Shewan, Tomes & Co. was one of the leading  trading companies in Hong Kong and China during the late 19th and early 20th century. When Russell & Co. then one of the largest mercantile firms in the Far East went out of business in 1891, former employees Scotsman, Robert Shewan and Englishman, Charles Alexander Tomes took over the remains of the operation and […]

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World War Two – 1945 BAAG report – utilities

Hugh Farmer: Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong.  Here I am posting the section on Utilities :- Electricity supply including information about – both HK Electric Co and China Light & Power Co – restrictions imposed on supply – certain industries attempting to generate their […]

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Commercial Posters – Punk firecrackers, Jazz hair pomade, Red A brand plastic…

Hugh Farmer: Thanks to IDJ for sending in these wonderful adverts. Information about any of the companies or their products would be very useful. I think in particular it would be good to know the exact locations of their factory(ies) in Hong Kong. Angel Brand Firecrackers Manufactured by Kwong Man Lung Firecracker Factory Kwong Man Lung appears to have been […]

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The KCR – choices of routes, construction and opening

Hugh Farmer with thanks to IDJ for the main account: The idea of connecting Hong Kong and China with a railway was first proposed to prominent Hong Kong businessmen in March 1864 by a British railway engineer, Sir Rowland MacDonald Stephenson (1808-1895), who had considerable experience of developing railways in India. The minutes of the committee of the Chamber of […]

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Sing Lee Shrimp Sauce and Paste Factory, Tai O

Hugh Farmer: When I first came to Lamma Island in the early 1990s  a powerful odour greeted the visitor as you entered Yung Shue Wan. The smell was  instantly recognisable and initially overwhelmingly unpleasant. The manufacturing of shrimp paste. I got used to the odour. Then I  began to actually like it. And now I miss it, it’s still made on […]

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