The Signal Tower, Blackhead Point – link to Blackhead and Company

Signal Tower At Blackhead Point, Tsim Sha Tsui. The 109th Declared Monument.

The Signal Tower in the Signal Hill Garden at Blackhead Point was built in 1907 by the Hong Kong Observatory to house a time-ball apparatus that was previously located in the nearby Round House of the Former Marine Police Headquarters. [Nick Kitto points out: the time-ball is still visible at the  Marine Police Headquarters in TST. HF:Blackhead Point (黑頭山, lit. […]

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Definitive 1970 Hong Kong Tramways book updated and republished

Tramways, HK New Joseph Tse 2017 Book Preview Image

Joseph Tse: I am pleased to tell you that the new edition of Atkinson & Williams’ book on HK Tramways has been published. Here’s a preview image to demonstrate a little of the new book’s content: The 1st book on HK trams published in 1970, Hongkong Tramways, RLP Atkinson + AK Williams, Light Railway Transport League, London, is highly regarded as the […]

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Duddell Street Gas lamps – last working gas street lamps in Hong Kong

Duddell Street Gas Lamps Image Gwulo

“The exact year in which the flight of grantite steps at the southern end of Duddell Street in Central was constructed is not known, but a series of maps of Hong Kong from the period indicate that they came into existence between 1875 and 1889. According to the records of the Hong Kong and China Gas Co., the four gas […]

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The Needle, the Bible and “Our People”: Chiuchow Christians and the Swatow Lace Industry in Hong Kong

Swatow Lace Industry Detail Image 5 York Lo

York Lo: The Needle, the Bible and “Our People”: Chiuchow Christians and the Swatow Lace Industry in Hong Kong    Swatow lace merchants on the board of HK Chiuchow Christian Association in 1936 – back row: Yadsun Cheng (Chin Chian & Sons; first from left), Ng Chung-wing (吳寵榮,Kowloon Lace; third from right); Henry Lin (HK & Shanghai Lace; second from […]

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Famous HK Tailors (Part Five) – Other Notable Chinese Firms (James S. Lee, Tung Sun, Tung Hing, British Textiles, Maiwo Yang, Tom Bros, James Lau, Smiley Chow and Kwun Kee)

Tailors Five Image 4 Detail York Lo

York Lo: Famous HK Tailors (5) – Other Notable Chinese Firms (James S. Lee, Tung Sun, Tung Hing, British Textiles, Maiwo Yang, Tom Bros, James Lau, Smiley Chow and Kwun Kee) The final part of this series covers 9 notable firms in the HK tailor industry – James S. Lee which was once the largest custom tailoring concern in HK; […]

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Famous HK Tailors (Part Four): the Shanghainese Tailors – Loa Hai Shing, H. Baromon, Ying Tai, Jimmy Chen, W.W. Chan, Ascot Chang and William Yu  

Tailors Four Image 8 WW Chan And American Naval Commander York Lo

York Lo: Famous HK Tailors (Part Four): the Shanghainese Tailors – Loa Hai Shing, H. Baromon, Ying Tai, Jimmy Chen, W.W. Chan, Ascot Chang and William Yu   In the late 1940s and early 1950s, a large number of Shanghainese tailors relocated from Shanghai to HK and became a major force in the HK tailoring industry with their excellent craftsmanship […]

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The Bicentennial Saga of the Li Sing Family – Wealth, Revolution and Philanthropy

Li Sing Detail B Mage York Lo

This article uses an extract from the entry about LI Sing and other members of his family published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography. Both the author York Lo, and publisher, HK University Press, have given permission for this to be posted here. Please note  of the images shown here only that of Li Sing himself was included in […]

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Cheung Chau Island Industry

Cheung Cha Fish Drying Detail C1920s Courtesy, HKU Libraries HK Memory Snipped Image

This article is the result of initial research into industrial development and related matters on Cheung Chau Island. New Information – Ford Wong on Wong Wing Kee Preserved Fruit Factory If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to the list, it would be good to hear from you. I can then gradually add to this […]

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YC Moy – the Friendly Compatriot and the Yau Kiu Film Studio (友僑片場)

Yau Kiu Film Studio In Kowloon City, Front Gate York Lo

York Lo: YC Moy – the Friendly Compatriot and the Yau Kiu Film Studio (友僑片場) Left: YC Moy in his later years (Source: World Moy’s Clan Association yearbook); Right: Front gate of the Yau Kiu Film Studio in Kowloon City Earlier in the year, the author wrote an article about Hua Nan Motors, the distributor of DeSoto and Peugeot automobiles […]

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A Study of the Hongkong Printing Press, Part 1

Lisbello De Jesus Xavier Far Eastern Currents And Roy Eric Xavier

Roy Eric Xavier, Director, Portuguese and Macanese Studies Project at the University of California, Berkeley, USA has kindly granted permission to reproduce the following article. Roy also runs the absorbing website Far Eastern Currents which covers a wide range of research into the Macanese Diaspora especially in Macau and Hong Kong.  Rot’s article and website are both linked below as are two of our […]

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