Horse drawn carriages during the Japanese occupation, WW2

HF: The article, World War Two – 1945 BAAG report – transport and fuel supplies in occupied HK, states in the section Motor Bus Services that post Sept 1942 most buses had been removed from HK. Not surprisingly other forms of road transport were revived. And our article, HK Industry during World War Two – Transport, contains an extract from a book by Cheng Po […]

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The Four Taxi Kings – Blue, Central, New and Star

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York Lo: The Four Taxi Kings – Blue, Central, New and Star From the 1920s to 1960s, taxicab service in Hong Kong was heavily regulated with medallions only awarded to taxicab companies rather than individuals and as a result, the industry was dominated by a few firms. Among these firms, the four most prominent were Blue, Central, New and Star and […]

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The Peak Tram – How it works

Peak Tram The Heart Of The Matter How It Works D Detail Main Engine Overhaul Overhaul Team Appear To Be Taikoo Dock Technicians IDJ

“With its outstanding record of safety and continuity, the Peak Tramways Company has always been conscious of the requirement to keep the Tramway’s operational heart in top shape. Surprisingly, since the beginning, the haulage plant has seen only one complete change – in 1926 when the original boilers ans steam engine were replaced with an electrically-powered system.” Many thanks to […]

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The Hongkong and Yaumati Ferry Company Ltd, 1923-1973

Hong Kong & Yaumati Ferry Co Yaumati Ferry 1920s Ko Tim Keung HK Memory

Unless otherwise stated all the information below comes from an in-house company publication, The Hongkong & Yaumati Ferry Co Ltd: Golden Jubilee 1923-1973, published in 1973. 1923 The company was incorporated on the 5th November. The Promoters of the company were Messrs. Lau Tak Po, Lau King Cho, Kwok Chuen, Chan Sau Fung, Chan Shek Shan, So Tsz Hang, Wong Choi […]

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To Kwa Wan “Concrete Factory” during WW2 – Japanese expansion of Kai Tak airport

HF: Quite a while back Elizabeth Ride told me about an exhibition which included the following information forming part of a WW2 BAAG report. The subject of this exhibition and when it took place are unclear. Furthermore the date of the report is not known, though it must have been from 1943/44. The only reference is a code reading FDR/2B/59 written […]

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The Cross-Harbour Tunnel – Part 2 Construction

Tymon Mellor: Within the first 15 minutes of the opening of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel on the 3rd August, 1972 over 700 vehicles had driven through the tunnel, signalling the future success of the project and allowing the tunnel to become part of the Hong Kong DNA. But from the outset, construction of this new icon had many hurdles to overcome […]

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Hua Nan Motors – HK distributor of DeSoto, Peugeot and Renault automobiles from the 1940s to 1960s

York Lo: Hua Nan Motors – HK distributor of DeSoto, Peugeot and Renault automobiles from the 1940s to 1960s From the 1940s to the 1960s, Hua Nan Motors Federal Co Inc (華南汽車公司) was a major car dealership in Hong Kong which served as exclusive distributor of American automobile brand DeSoto and French car brands Peugeot and Renault. In the 1950s, the […]

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Jidosha Kabushki Kaisha Ltd (Nissan/Toyota?) bus company during WW2

HF: ” In January 1942, Hong Kong and Kowloon Jidosha Kabushki Kaisha Ltd  took over the following bus routes: No.1 Tai Hang to Sai Wan No.2 The United Pier to The University In October, the Hong Kong bus routes were taken over by HKKJKK Ltd and were changed to: No.1 Star Ferry Pier to Aberdeen No.2 Star Ferry Pier to […]

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Unsung Kingmakers – the low-key Song Brothers who conquered the Shanghai Bund and Victoria Harbor and backed the development of several key industries in post-War Hong Kong

York Lo: Unsung Kingmakers – the low-key Song Brothers who conquered the Shanghai Bund and Victoria Harbor and backed the development of several key industries in post-War Hong Kong Obituary of V.K. Song (Source: Wah Kiu Yat Po, 1960-10-31) York adds: Wendy Song, VJ Song’s granddaughter has kindly given permission to include two photographs of VK Song in this updated version […]

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