From No 1 on the Bund in Shanghai to a Kaolin Mine in Cha Kwo Ling, Hong Kong – the Century Old China Coast Saga of the McBains

York Lo: From No 1 on the Bund in Shanghai to Kaolin Mine in Cha Kwo Ling – the Century Old China Coast Saga of the McBains Left: The former Kaolin mine in Cha Kwo Ling; Right: The former McBain Building at No 1 on the Bund in Shanghai (now known as Asia Building) From 1903 to 1983, kaolin clay was […]

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Kwong Shan Tsuen Mine – Castle Peak

HF: Our Q+A 26 Tsing Shan Mine (Castle Peak area)? – Japanese occupation, WW2, linked below, asks about a possible mine or mines in the Castle Peak (青山) area as a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report of 1944 mentions a “rumour” of a mine there. Tsing Shan is the name of the well-known monastery located at the eastern foot of the […]

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Devil’s Peak Beryl Mine – Far Eastern Property and Development Corporation Ltd

“Devil’s Peak [Pau Toi Shan] is located at the north coast of Lei Yue Mun, the eastern entrance to Victoria Harbour. The economic minerals mined are wolframite and beryl. The minerals were first discovered in 1914 and mining started in May, 1957. Devil’s Peak Beryl Mine, with an area of 360 acres, was operated by Far East Prospecting and Development […]

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Stone Cutters’ Lives in Hong Kong – 1952 article

IDJ has sent an article about Stone Cutters (or Breakers) and their working lives in Hong Kong… The article was originally published in 1952 by the Building Contractor’s Association which subsquently became the Hong Kong Construction Association which exists today. The images shown here have also been supplied by IDJ but are not in the 1952 article. They are all located […]

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Lantau Island Industry

HF: This article is the result of several people’s research into industrial development, lighthouses, log ponds, manufacturing, mining, reservoirs, salt, shipyards, tea, timber mills, transport, utilities and other related topics on Lantau Island. 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 […]

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Industrial Districts – Tsing Yi Island

This article is the result of several people’s research into industrial development and other related topics on Tsing Yi Island. Tsing Yi Island (青衣島) has an area of 10.69 km². The island has been extended drastically by reclamation along almost all its natural shore and the annexation of Nga Ting Chau (牙鷹洲) and Chau Tsai.  Three major bays or harbours, Tsing Yi Lagoon, Mun Tsai […]

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Collection and export of metals, vehicles, machinery etc during the Japanese occupation, WW2, Part One 1942-1943

Elizabeth Ride has sent a number of British Army Aid Group (BAAG) reports regarding Japanese efforts to collect metals, vehicles, machinery, coins etc for export, mainly to Japan, during their occupation of Hong Kong (WW2). Elizabeth has re-typed several of these reports and has kindly added references to assist searching where this has not been done. This was a considerable effort […]

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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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