Plover Cove Reservoir – 50th anniversary of relocation of residents from Sam Mun Tsai

Photograph of Sam Mun Tsai added. HF: On 2nd March 2015 the SCMP published an article, Hong Kong villagers keep memories of home lost to reservoir afloat. In July 1965 the 400 residents of Sam Mun Tsai were relocated, (the article uses the term ‘evicted’), from their fishing village during the construction of Plover Cove Reservoir which was carried out from […]

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The Hume Pipe (Far East) Ltd – Jock Inglis -The Peninsula Hotel and Clark Gable!

The photo of Jock Inglis has been added, thanks to Amelia Allsop and The HK Heritage Project. Thanks to IDJ for this newspaper report. Hugh Farmer: Extracted from Past & Present, the Newsletter of the Hong Kong Heritage Project (2014 No.2)  – John ‘Jock’ Inglis arrived in Hong Kong in 1938 as General Manager for the Hume Pipe Co., an Australian […]

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William MacGregor Smith (Wahee, Smith & Co.) c1831- c1907

York Lo has sent the following information about William MacGregor Smith. He was the Smith in Wahee, Smith & Co which in turn became The China Sugar Refinery. Smith is buried in HK cemetery – the tombstone states he was 76 (and was erected in 1907) and was from Scotland. On page 50 of Carl Smith’s book Chinese Christians there is […]

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Fresnel Lenses – Barbier, Benard & Turenne – AGA and Waglan lighthouse…

HF: Barbier, Benard and Turenne (BBT) was a French company founded in 1862. It specialized in the manufacture of lights, optical devices and lighting systems. And complete lighthouses including the one on Hong Kong’s Waglan Island. The lighthouse incorporated Fresnel lenses. The Swedish Company AGA was later involved as was its UK subsidiary Pharos Marine. I didn’t know the name […]

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The I-Feng Enamelling Company – details about associated family members

York Lo has sent biographical details of Tung Chi-fu, John Tung Chi-ying, Tung Hong-ying and other members of the family who founded and were associated with The I-Feng Enamelling Company and Freezinhot Bottle Co., Ltd. He also mentions others who were not family members but involved in other companies specially in Shanghai. York Lo: The founder of I-Feng, Tung Chi-fu (董吉甫, or […]

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Francesco de Pinedo – Italian aviator – lands near Lai Chi Kok 1925 – further information

IDJ has sent the following book extract about Italian Francesco de Pinedo and his 55,000 kms 1925 flight. This included landing close to the Asiatic Petroleum wharf at Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong. Source: Wings Over Hong Kong, Odyssey Guides, Crecy Publishing Ltd, 1998 See: Information about the book Wings Over Hong Kong Related Indhhk articles: Francesco de Pinedo – Italian aviator – […]

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The origins of Wahee, Smith & Co. (later China Sugar Refinery.)

York Lo has found this extract from the Carl Smith book linked below. One of the  early business enterprises in which Tong Mow-chee and his brother, Tong King-sing, were interested was the first sugar refinery built in Hong Kong. The sugar company grew out of a business parnership between Tong King-sing, William McGregor Smith and a Mr Dahlbeck. When the […]

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Thomas William Kinder – Master of the Hong Kong Mint, 1817-1884

HF: The Hong Kong Mint was established by ordinance on 26th February 1864 and opened on 7th May 1866 under the direction of Thomas William Kinder with the purpose of producing Hong Kong silver dollars and half dollar coins. After two years having incurred a huge loss to the government it closed on 25th April 1868. The image of Kinder has […]

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Alfred Holt, 1829-1911, founder of Alfred Holt & Co (Holts Wharf TST)

HF: Holt’s Wharf and the Godown were set up in 1910 and jointly owned by the Swire Group and Blue Funnel Line. Together they formed  a railway and freight hub in Tsim Sha Tsui. See the article, Holts’s Wharf and Godown, linked below. Here is Alfred Holt’s obituary posted on the excellent Grace’s Guides website and originally published by The Institution […]

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