Ma On Shan Iron Mine – recent damage caused to explosives storeroom

HF: The SCMP of 18th April 2016 contained an article about damage caused to the explosives storeroom at the Ma On Shan mine complex by workers from the Lands Department who mistakenly thought it was to be demolished. The article begins: The government last week almost flattened a house in a remote village proposed for grading as a historic building, in […]

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Ma On Shan Iron Mine 1906-1976, open-pit and underground mining

HF: The following information has been extracted from the excellent 2015 book, Hong Kong Mining History, which is a mass of information about several mines and quarries: Ma On Shan Mine is situated on the southwestern slope of [the mountain] Ma On Shan, approximately 10 km from Shatin. The total ore reserve exceeds 7,000,000 tons, making it the biggest iron […]

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Ma On Shan Iron Mine 1906-1976 – biggest mine in HK – further information

HF: This article is the result of several people’s research into Ma On Shan Mine. If you can provide further information about this or any other mine or quarry please email me at: indhhk at gmail dot com Information provided by Hugh Farmer, IDJ, Tymon Mellor and Elizabeth Ride New Information in red  Ma On Shan Mine operated for 70 […]

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Ling Hang Quarry – supplier to Green Island Cement Company

Lawrence Tsui adds to our information about the Green Island Cement Company. He thinks his grandfather owned a quarry in Guangdong [?], China which supplied the HK Company with two commodities. “From recollection, the quarry of my Grandfather Lin Yin-hung was named Ling Hang Quarry and situated at Nim Shan [China].  Two supplies were shipped to Green Island Cement.  The […]

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Jan Hendrik Marsman 1892-1956, connection to Needle Hill Tungsten Mine

HF: Jan Hendrik Marsman, was born in 1892 in the Netherlands and died in 1956, I think in the Philippines. He was known as Hank to his friends. He started his working life as an engineer and later developed extensive business interests in the Philippines. Marsman is of interest to us because he became involved, through his company Marsman Hong […]

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Marsman Hong Kong (China) Ltd – Needle Hill Tungsten Mine during 1938-1951?

New information in red. Our article Needle Hill Tungsten Mine has the following extract: “This abandoned mine is situated on the southern slopes of Needle Hill between Upper Shing Mun reservoir and Tai Wai. It was among the largest mining operations Hong Kong has seen, [and certainly its biggest Tungsten Mine]. The deposit was discovered in 1935 by a civil […]

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Lui Che Woo – King of Hong Kong Quarries – two newspaper articles

HF: “Lui was a pioneer in the local construction materials industry, setting up the first K Wah company in 1955, and undertaking major land reclamation projects in East Kowloon to create building sites and construct roads. He became known as the “king of the quarry” after winning quarrying rights in the 60s and introducing machinery to the industry. He went […]

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Needle Hill Mine – 1961 account

Tymon Mellor has sent this article which was first published in Economic Geology, 1st November 1961. The article has several photos of the mine, processes and workers. More can be found in the linked article. Not all of them have titles. Source: Needle Hill Mine -Mineralogy and Genesis of Wolframite Deposits 1964 SG Davis Economic Geology, 1st November 1961, Vol 56 No.7 […]

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The History of Quarrying in Hong Kong 1840-1940, 2012 article

HF: This Report of the project “The history of quarrying in Hong Kong 1840 – 1940” is supported by the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust. It was written by SW Poon and KY Ma and published in 2012. The report is divided into the following sub headings. I have extracted the first paragraph of each section, omitting references, to give you an […]

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Ng Tung Chai Mine, Lead Mine Pass Mine? Winston Churchill comments…

HF: The Ng Tung Chai waterfalls are among Hong Kong’s most spectacular, especially when taken as a group. They are located on the north face of its highest mountain Tai Mo Shan, at the head of the Lam Tsuen Valley just east of Kadoorie Farm. The highest waterfall  is I believe Hong Kong’s highest at over 36 metres. Tymon Mellor […]

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