Wilks & Jack Ltd – early 20th century Engineers and ship designers

Wilks & Jack Ltd Shop Image Early 20thC HK University Library

“This firm was founded in 1902 by Mr. E. C. Wilks, as a marine engineers’ and surveyors’ bureau. Mr. Wilks was joined in 1903 by Mr. W. C. Jack, formerly Ingenieur en Chef of the Tonkin River Mail Service, and late assistant manager at the Kowloon establishment of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Company. During the five years of […]

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The Hong Kong Match Factory – 1949 strike, 64 workers imprisoned

Hong Kong Match Factory, Headline Second Detail, Strikers Imprisoned Sunday Herald 1.1.1950

STRIKERS GET THREE MONTHS IN PRISON “Sixty-four men and women strikers of the Hong Kong Match Factory were sentenced to three months hard labour at Central yesterday. The strikers on Friday had refused to sign a bond of $50 to be of good behaviour for two years following a disturbance they created in the Factory’s offices in the Bank of […]

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Cookson & Company Ltd, paint manufacturer, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, HK advert 1924

Cookson & Company Ltd, Paint, Detail Advert, HK Telegraph 31.5.1924

“Cookson and Co of Milburn House, Newcastle-on-Tyne 1827 Cookson and Co established soda works at South Shields; Thomas Doubleday gave them the plans of his chamber, furnaces, etc, when they established the works[1] 1852 Messrs J Cookson were lead merchants at Upper Thames Street, London, with manufacturing works at Newcastle[2]. 1855 William Isaac Cookson and Co, were paint and colour […]

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The Three Kings of Biscuits – M.Y. San, M.P. San and Pacific

Biscuits, Three Kings Of, Image 11The Pacific Biscuit Factory In Shau Kiwan York Lo

York Lo: The Three Kings of Biscuits – M.Y. San, M.P. San and Pacific In the history of the biscuit and confectionery industry in Hong Kong, M.Y. San, M.P. San and Pacific Biscuit & Confectionery were three prominent firms which shared a common root – they were all started by members of a Filipino Chinese family hailed from Zhongshan (formerly […]

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Chas J. Gaupp & Company – Chronometer, Watch and Clock makers

Gaupp & Company B Detail From Unknown Source 1892 Www 925 Com

“It is interesting to note that as years go by the wants of the inhabitants of even the most distant parts of the world are steadily increasing, and while the older generations were satisfied with comparatively little in the way of luxuries, the rising generation look upon many of these luxuries as necessities. Perhaps one of the best examples in […]

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Louis (Ludwig) Heerman, watchmaker, Queen’s Road, 1858-?

Charles Weiss HBRAS Detail Louis Heerman

Carl Smith wrote a lengthy article, The German Speaking Community in Hong Kong 1846-1918, published in the the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch, 1994. The article mentions several people and companies involved, mid-19th century, in the business of selling chronometers and watches in HK. Were these actually made here or in Europe? It seems unlikely that […]

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Winsome Plastic Works – Wanchai and Shau Kei Wan, 1950s, photos

Winsome Plastic Works Detail Image 2 From Cecilia Young

York Lo has sent this 1954 newspaper article about Winsome Plastic Works. Cecilia Young, daughter of co-founders Mr & Mrs Young Sze Kuen, has translated it. She has also kindly sent photographs from her family archives. Many thanks to IDJ for upgrading the latter. “Winsome Plastics Works was first established and managed by Mrs YOUNG Sze Kuen (a Po Leung […]

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Annie Lam Young, co-founder of Yuen Hing Hong & Company Ltd

Annie Lam Young Smaller Version 1967 HK Album York Lo

Cecilia Young: My brothers and I are trying to gather information about my father’s company Yuen Hing Hong & Co. Ltd which he and my mother, Annie Lam Young, established in Hong Kong in the late 1940s. York Lo has sent information about Annie Lam Young from her biography in the HK Album 1967 which has been adapted for inclusion here: She […]

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Yuen Hing Hong & Company Ltd – initial notes

Cecilia Young: My brothers and I are trying to gather information about my father’s company Yuen Hing Hong & Co. Ltd which he and my mother established in Hong Kong. My father was Norman Young Sze-kuen and mention is made of him in York Lo’s article, Chieng Han-chow – Father of the Hong Kong Plastic Industry, “Chieng Han-chow (錢涵洲)…founded Wah Sun […]

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