The Bicentennial Saga of the Li Sing Family – Wealth, Revolution and Philanthropy

Li Sing Detail B Mage York Lo

This article uses an extract from the entry about LI Sing and other members of his family published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography. Both the author York Lo, and publisher, HK University Press, have given permission for this to be posted here. Please note  of the images shown here only that of Li Sing himself was included in […]

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Beryl Mining at Devil’s Peak, George Brewer – involvement in identifying the first specimens and deposits of beryl in Hong Kong.

WB Harris Examining Quartz Containing Beryl Tymon Mellor

HF: Our recently posted article, Beryl Mining at Devil’s Peak, brought forward a comment from Fiona Soliman which I repost here: Thank you for a fascinating article. I am currently researching my family tree, and among some of my grandfather’s documents I discovered a mini-autobiography in which he explains that, while he served in Hong Kong with the RAEC in 1952-55, […]

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Walter George Babb, Employee of the Asiatic Petroleum Co, UK, 1911 – information wanted

Carol Webster has been in touch asking if we have any information about her great grandfather, Walter George Babb. Carol knows that at the time of the 1911 UK census he was working for the Asiatic Petroleum Company as a watchman and living at 42 Victoria Square, Portishead, Somerset, England. She asks if we have any records of the APC’s […]

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YC Moy – the Friendly Compatriot and the Yau Kiu Film Studio (友僑片場)

Yau Kiu Film Studio In Kowloon City, Front Gate York Lo

York Lo: YC Moy – the Friendly Compatriot and the Yau Kiu Film Studio (友僑片場) Left: YC Moy in his later years (Source: World Moy’s Clan Association yearbook); Right: Front gate of the Yau Kiu Film Studio in Kowloon City Earlier in the year, the author wrote an article about Hua Nan Motors, the distributor of DeSoto and Peugeot automobiles […]

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A Study of the Hongkong Printing Press, Part 1

Lisbello De Jesus Xavier Far Eastern Currents And Roy Eric Xavier

Roy Eric Xavier, Director, Portuguese and Macanese Studies Project at the University of California, Berkeley, USA has kindly granted permission to reproduce the following article. Roy also runs the absorbing website Far Eastern Currents which covers a wide range of research into the Macanese Diaspora especially in Macau and Hong Kong.  Rot’s article and website are both linked below as are two of our […]

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Eternal Fortune and Fame – The 140 Year old Saga of Chinese Winemaker Wing Lee Wai (永利威)

WING LEE Wai Winemaker Bottles Of Wine In Front Of The Portrait Of Founder Wong Sing Hui York Loss

York Lo: Eternal Fortune and Fame – The 140 Year old Saga of Chinese Winemaker Wing Lee Wai (永利威)  With an auspicious Chinese name which stands for “eternal fortune and fame”, the 140 year old Wing Lee Wai is one of the oldest businesses in Hong Kong, operating out of its base at 124 Wing Lok Street in Sheung Wan […]

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SMC, DEMC and TAT – Pioneers of the Hong Kong Electric Fan Industry

Wing Tat Electrical Manufacturing And TAT Advert 1981 Wah Kiu Yat Po 1981 8 27 York Lo

York Lo: SMC, DEMC and TAT – Pioneers of the Hong Kong Electric Fan Industry Entrepreneurs from Hong Kong have long played an important role in the electric fan industry globally. The property and investments billionaire Joseph Lau made his first fortune selling ceiling fans to the US and the Middle East with his Union Ngok Kee and Evergo in the […]

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HK Cutlery Manufacturers from the 1960s and 1970s – Chuang’s, Trinity, Foo Kwong, HK Tableware and Good Friend

Chuang's Cutlery Image 5 York Lo

York Lo: HK Cutlery Manufacturers from the 1960s and 1970s – Chuang’s, Trinity, Foo Kwong, HK Tableware and Good Friend  In the 1960s, the cutlery industry emerged in Hong Kong thanks to the UK government’s policy of Commonwealth preference which favored imports from HK over Japan. The industry grew very rapidly in the early 1960s, with total exports grew from […]

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Alfred Dickinson, Consulting Engineer HK Tramways – further information from his great, great nephew

HF: Peter Taylor, the great, great nephew of Alfred Dickinson, has left a comment below our article, Alfred Dickinson, Consulting Engineer HK Tramways, linked below,  about Mr Dickinson. I thought this was of sufficient interest and value to post in a separate article. Peter wrote in reply to an enquiry I made about whether he could offer any information  about […]

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Leader of the Battery Pack: Hing Wah and Five Rams Batteries

Hing Wah Anf Five Rams Batteries Image 6 York Lo

York Lo: Leader of the Battery Pack: Hing Wah and Five Rams Batteries Left: Five Rams batteries ad in 1955 (Source: IDJ); Right: Hing Wah’s HK plant in the 1950s (Source: HK Memory) Founded in Canton and expanded to Hong Kong in 1938, Hing Wah Battery Factory (興華電池廠) was one of the oldest and largest players in the batteries industry in […]

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