20 George U. Sands – connection to three HK companies 1866 to 1880?

Hugh Farmer: George U. Sands apparently lived and worked in Hong Kong from 1866 to 1880 though one account says he died in 1878. Harvard University Library has a collection of his business records which consist of account books, letter books, diaries, financial material related to Sands’ management of:- The Patent Slip and Dock Company The Novelty Iron Works The Hong […]

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19 Amakusa Marine Products Industrial Company, 1942

HF: “By December 1942 around 18,000 Hong Kong Chinese fishermen were reported to be receiving instructions from the Amakusa Marine Products Industrial Company.” Snow, Philip, The Fall of Hong Kong: Britain, China and the Japanese Occupation, Yale University Press, 2003 I can find nothing out about this company which if the above is correct was prominent in the HK fishing industry […]

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14 Inland River Operations Company

HF writes: I am trying to gather information about the following company and not coming up with much. Apparently in mid-January 1942 (ie during the occupation of Hong Kong by the Japanese) the Inland River Operations Company resumed river steamers between Hong Kong, Macau and the Mainland. I am not sure whether “resumed” meant the company existed pre-1942 or whether it […]

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12 The term “Compradore”

The OED defines the word Comprador(e) as “a person who acts as an agent for foreign businesses” and suggests it originated, in English, in the 17th century from the Portuguese word for “buyer”. It is a term which occurs frequently in the 19th century colonial history of Hong Kong especially concerning trade between, China, Hong Kong and the rest of the […]

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