The Dennis Jubilant bus – specifically designed for Hong Kong, 1977-1981

HF: The Dennis Jubilant was a front engine double decker bus chassis built by Dennis between 1977 [Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II?] and 1981. It was specifically designed for the contemporary operating environment (hilly roads and “one-man-operation” with a farebox) in Hong Kong. The chassis design featured a set-back front axle, which enabled the front door to be located in […]

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Frank Bowden – Raleigh Cycles – early fortune made in Hong Kong

James Chan: Frank Bowden was born in Exeter, England on 30th January 1848. In the early 1870s he came to Hong Kong. By 1872, when only 24, he had made a fortune in the local stock market. It would be of interest to have further details about Bowden’s time here. In particular how he made his fortune at that time […]

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Macau Air Transport Company (Hong Kong) Ltd – The One Cigarette Airline

Compiled by IDJ Macau, the Portuguese colony forty miles across the Pearl River delta from Hong Kong had a surprisingly long aviation history despite no land based airfield or aerodrome until the 1990s. After visits by travelling American showmen-balloonists demonstrating vertical flight in 1891, it was not until 1920 that French born local entrepreneur Charles de Ricou revealed ambitious plans […]

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Kowloon Trams – Proposals 1913 to 1918

IDJ has sent information, taken from the book Tramlines…, about several proposed tramways on HK Island and from Kowloon to China. This extract is about proposed trams in Kowloon which never came to fruition: “The last in this series of proposals for extending the benefits of tramways to the citizens of Hong Kong came, not suprisingly, from the Hongkong Tramways Company […]

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The British Borneo Timber Company – Taikoo Dockyard locomotive connection

IDJ has sent an article, The Development of Rail Transport in the Logging Industry,  which is about Borneo. This briefly mentions a Taikoo dockyard steam locomotive being used by the British Borneo Timber Company around the 1920s. “It is also believed that the BBTC later added a second steam locomotive of unidentified manufacture Taikoo No. 1, purchased second hand from Hong […]

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Proposed iron bridge connecting HK Island – Kowloon pre-1921

IDJ has sent a March 1921 China Mail special supplement showing a proposed bridge linking HK Island to Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Tymon Mellor: This was not the first time such a bridge had been discussed. “The Harbour Master in 1901 proposed the construction of a cross-harbour bridge between Pottinger Street on the Island and Robinson (Nathan) Road”. See article […]

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Kwok Tai Motor & Pump Company Ltd – distributor of VVs – village vehicles

Kwok Tai Motor & Pump Company was established in 1997. It appears to import and sell a wide range of goods including pumps, generators, gardening equipment, agriculture tools…and village vehicles (VVs) of both wheel and crawler type. The company website shows a few examples: The company’s address is G/F, Tai Fook Centre, 17 Kin Tak Street, Yuen Long with a […]

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