Conic – HK Electronics Giant of the late 1970s, early 1980s  

Conic Group Founder Alex Au York Lo

York Lo: Conic – HK Electronics Giant of the late 1970s, early 1980s Picture of Conic board in 1976, left to right: Simon Tam Hon-kong, Tam Chung-sing, Alex Au, Lam Chung-kiu and Yim Shun (absent – Chan Chun-cheung). The quote is somewhat ironic considering the aggressive expansion at the time which ultimately led to the demise of the group within […]

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George M. Lau – Father of the Hong Kong wig Industry

George M Lau Father Of The HK Wig Industry Image A Detail York Lo

York Lo: George M. Lau – Father of the Hong Kong wig Industry Left: Advertisement of Regina Hair Products from the early 1970s; Right:  1953 ad of George M. Lau & Bros. (Source: IDJ) In 1970, the Hong Kong wig industry included 478 factories which employed 5 percent of the city’s total workforce (39000 workers) and its export value of […]

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Bethlehem Knitting (百利恒織造廠) and Hing’s Underwear (興士牌)

Bethlehem Knitting Image 1 Detail York Lo

York Lo: Bethlehem Knitting (百利恒織造廠) and Hing’s Underwear (興士牌) Left: Hing’s print ad from the early 1970s. Right: actual package of Hing’s underwear From the 1950s to the 1970s, Hing’s was a popular local brand of cotton underwear manufactured by Bethlehem Knitting Factory.  Founded in 1950 by C.T. Shiu (邵之道), the firm moved into its current location at 483 Castle […]

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Yankee Needle: American Merchants and the development of the Swatow lace industry in China and the garment industry in HK

Swatow American Merchants Image 1b Detail York Lo

York Lo: Yankee Needle: American Merchants and the development of the Swatow lace industry in China and the garment industry in HK Left: Swatow women working on needlework at Lida Ashmore’s school (Lida Ashmore’s The South China Mission of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, p.94) Right: Lida Ashmore (sitting, second from the right) with her colleagues laying the foundation […]

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Early HK Shipyards and Graving docks

Hugh Farmer: In early colonial Hong Kong shipwrights used traditional skills to build junks and sampans and later acquired new skills by building western style ships. A considerable change came with the construction of dock facilities to build and repair iron steamships. John Lamont completed HK’s first dry dock in Aberdeen in 1860. The Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company’s dry dock […]

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A S Watson & Company Ltd aka The Hong Kong Dispensary – a Timeline 1841 to 1945

A S Watson Chemist Detail Advert China Mail 1.8.1878

HF:Watson’s is possibly the oldest retailer still in existence in Hong Kong and unquestionably among a tiny few that have opererated continuously since the early days of the colony… By 1941 Watson’s was already the largest chemist, retailer of health and beauty products, dealer in wines and spirits, and manufacturer of aerated watera in Asia. .. Today is part of […]

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Hong Kong Industry during World War Two

HF: This is an article where we can gradually add information about what happened to HK’s industry, manufacturing, mining , transport and other related areas during World War 2. As bits and pieces come in I’ll update the article and re-post it with the current date. Contributors: PC Philip Cracknell ADW HF Hugh Farmer IDJ YL York Lo FCM Fung […]

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Cheung Chau Island Industry

Cheung Cha Fish Drying Detail C1920s Courtesy, HKU Libraries HK Memory Snipped Image

This article is the result of initial research into industrial development and related matters on Cheung Chau Island. New Information – Ford Wong on Wong Wing Kee Preserved Fruit Factory If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to the list, it would be good to hear from you. I can then gradually add to this […]

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Rope-making and Dyeing/Calendering on Ap Lei Chau Island. 1971 RASHKB article

James Chan:  I found this Royal Asiatic Society (HK Branch) ‘Notes and Queries’ article while looking through old volumes of the HKBRAS’ Journals. I thought it would be a useful addition to what we have on rope-making in Hong Kong. I regret that I was unable to find the illustrations that accompanied the article. If you can please contact the […]

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