Technical Education and Training in Hong Kong – a brief account

A Brief Account of the Accompanying Role Played by Technical Education and Training By Dan Waters Early British Hong Kong: As early as 1863 vocational training in carpentry, tailoring, shoemaking, printing, bookbinding and gardening were provided for a maximum of 30 boys by the Catholic Church led by Father Raimondi not far from Mission House in Wellington Street. In the 1870s […]

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Lam Leung Tim, Forward Winsome Industries, SCMP article

HF: The Sunday Morning Post of 1st November 2015 contained an article about Lam Leung Tim, whose company Forward Winsome can be traced back to the years immediately after WW2. The article provides biographical details about Mr Lam from his birth on 30th March 1924 at a hospital in Wanchai. He is now 91 so he has had a long and […]

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Chan Lim Pak – WW2 Collaborator, MD of Fook Hing Oil Refinery Co + dramatic death…

HF: New information added by Chris – image of Chan and source, and further information in his comments added to the main article. And HF re Chan’s  death near Brothers Islands. Chan Lim Pak (also, Chan Pok Yim) was born in 1884 in Nanhai ( Namhoi) Guandong and died on 24th December 1944. Details of his dramatic life can be […]

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Fook Hing Oil Company and Chan Lim Pak, Japanese collaborator

York Lo: For more details about Fook Hing Oil, please refer to Stanley Kwan’s “The Dragon and the Crown: Hong Kong Memoirs”. Stanley – better known as the father of the Hang Seng Index – was actually related to Chan Lim Pak by marriage – his father in law Chan Yue-chik was Chan Limpak’s 9th uncle. (Yuechik’s father and Limpak’s grandfather […]

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William Lysaught & Sons, The Wanchai Machinery Godowns and Engineering Establishment – around 1897

Patricia O’Sullivan asks if anyone has knowledge of any relations of William Lysaught (1835-1910), born Co. Cork, Ireland. Lysaught was an Inspector in the Naval Dockyard Police HK, and owner of William Lysaught & Sons, Wanchai Machinery Godowns and Engineering Establishment, which as this May 1897 advert shows had premises at 1 to 8 Cross Lane in Wanchai at that time. […]

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Amoy Canning – Cheng Yum Kwai Senior Manager, Production, Amoy Food Limited

HF: Cheng Yum Kwai was born in 1947 in Xiamen. When he moved to Hong Kong with his family the following year, his father was working in Amoy Canning Corporation Ltd’s (Amoy’s) building department. The family subsequently lived in an Amoy-own Ngau Tau Kok village house. Cheng Yum Kwai was educated at Amoy Workers’ Children School and Bethel High School, dropping […]

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Fung Keong (1891-1973) – King of Rubber Shoes

By York Lo For almost half a century stretching from the 1920s to the 1960s, the most popular casual footwear brand in Asia was Fung Keong (馮強). First manufactured in Canton in 1920, and later in Hong Kong and Malaysia, Fung Keong rubber sole canvas shoes had massive appeal during those years of economic hardship due to its affordability and are permanently etched […]

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John Laird Wright – MacDonald & Co Shipyard, HK and Green Island Cement, Macau

HF: John Laird Wright worked for MacDonald and Company’s shipyard in Hong Kong from 1907 to 1908. He then worked for Green Island Cement Company in Macau which he left in 1910. This obituary comes from an Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituary in 1934: John Laird Wright was for seventeen years a member of the Anglo- Persian Oil Company’s staff in various […]

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Messrs. Shewan, Tomes & Co – further information

HF: Shewan, Tomes & Co. was one of the leading trading companies in Hong Kong and China during the late 19th and early 20th century. When Russell & Co., then one of the largest mercantile firms in the Far East, went out of business in 1891, former employees Scotsman Robert Shewan and Englishman Charles Alexander Tomes took over the remains of the operation and changed […]

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