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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Sai Hing Steam Ship Company – smuggling, pirates and bombs…

Stephen Davies: Further information about the Sainam and her sister ship the Nanning. I now know that the owner, Sai Hing Steam Ship Co., was originally a Chinese firm offering Canton to Macao river ferry services, formed as a syndicate to buy four ex-Swire ships (see SCMP, 9th November 1917, p.11) – the ships were the Nanning, Sainam, San Ui and Lin […]

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The Gutta Percha Company – link to Eastern Extension Telegraph Company and Hong Kong

The Gutta Percha Company by Bill Burns The following paragraphs are extracted from Bill’s article, with his permission, which can be found on his large and absorbing website. The article can be read in full via the link below, along with an extract from the book “London by day and night:or, Men and things in the great metropolis” by David W. Bartlett, […]

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C Ingenohl (Hongkong Tobacco Manufactory ?) – cigar factory in Manila

HF: Carl Ingenohl operated cigar manufacturing companies in both the Philippines and Hong Kong under the trade name La Perla del Oriente. In Hong Kong Ingenohl ran the Orient Tobacco Manufactury Company which had a factory in Yau Ma Tei. The newspaper article below mentions his ownership of the Hongkong Tobacco Manufactury which I believe was actually the Yau Ma […]

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Bobbie (Bobby) and Frank Gardner and Chan Kim Ming in Macau, 1944, BAAG report

Elizabeth Ride has sent this BAAG report which provides further information about the Gardner brothers after their departure from Hong Kong: Extract from a BAAG Counter-Espionage Precis #1, 21 January 1944.  “….. A  very full and informative report has been received from Macao that Chan was closely associated with two Filìppino boys, Bobbie and Frank Gardner, who were arrested by […]

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Oriental Bank Corporation – HK’s first note issuing institution, 1847

HF: With thanks to moddsey for pointing out a couple of sources. The banking industry began in Hong Kong in 1845 with the opening of a branch of the Oriental Banking Corporation, which had its headquarters in India. This Bank was also the first bank in Hong Kong to issue banknotes when in 1847 “it put in circulation $56,000 worth of […]

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Bolinder marine diesel engines – connection to Ulderup and Schlüter Shipyard, Sham Shui Po

HF: Stephen Davies’ article, Ulderup and Schlüter Shipyard, Sham Shui Po c1900-1914, mentions that the shipyard became the local agents for the Swedish Bolinder marine diesels (Bolinder Rohölmotoren – strictly semi-diesels) – two strokes that for the first two decades of the 20th century were probably the world’s most common small marine diesels although most of their early output seems to have […]

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W Britain Toys – made in Hong Kong from 1966 to ?

HF: Can anyone supply information about the period when these toys were made in Hong Kong? “In 1893 William Britain Jr., a British toy manufacturer, invented the process of hollow casting in lead, and revolutionized the production of toy soldiers. The company quickly became the industry leader, and was imitated by many other companies, such as Hanks Bros. and John Hill […]

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Asiatic Petroleum Company, China – requisitioned by Chou En Lai 1951

HF: This article mentions, “the Chinese tanker, Yung Hao” which the Hong Kong Government had itself recently requisitioned. This article was first posted on 21st November 2015. Related Indhhk articles: Asiatic Petroleum Company, China – contemporary photographs of its Shanghai building Asiatic Petroleum Company, China – family connections Asiatic Petroleum Company, Joe MacDonald – employee, China/HK late 1930s Asiatic Petroleum […]

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