W R Loxley & Co (China) Ltd – Hong Kong Merchants from 1872 – initial notes

According to Claire Grey’s excellent family history website, linked below, W R Loxley and Company (China) Ltd was established in Hong Kong in 1872 and… ‘…J. M. Beattie bought it possibly in 1900. Later two brothers: A. Beattie and M. P. Beattie joined the firm. The business was sold to J. A. Russell and D. O. Russell in 1919 and under the agreement A. Beattie […]

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China Dispensary: Maker of Pinocine (白蘿仙) and Dermoline (丹杜蓮)

China Dispensary Li Po Kwai Source Shanghai Library 1925 York Lo

York Lo: China Dispensary: Maker of Pinocine (白蘿仙) and Dermoline (丹杜蓮) For almost half a century, Pinocine Building stood in the heart of Central business district at 80-82 Queen’s Road Central and was known for the many medical practices that were tenants. The building was developed in 1964 by China Dispensary (中華大藥房), a leading local manufacturer of Western medicine in Hong […]

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Hornsey Gas holder No 1, London – 1892, oldest surviving example of Cutler’s Patent Guide Framing, Aberdeen Gasometer

Hornsey Gas Holder No.1 Pinterest

Our article about the origins of the Aberdeen Gasometer led us to discover that it was originally constructed by Samuel Cutler & Sons of Millwall, London and Telford, UK. This in turn provided both Stephen Davies and IDJ  with the opportunity to link this particular gasometer design to Cutler’s Patent Guide Framing which was patented in 1888. Very familiar to any UK city […]

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Caldbeck, MacGregor & Company Ltd – HK branch opened in 1889

Caldbeck, MacGregor Wine Merchants China Mail 4.10.1891

“The firm of Messrs. Caldbeck, Macgregor & Co., established in 1864, is the largest and best known in the wine and spirit trade in the East. The headquarters are in Rangoon Street, Crutched Friars, London, and there are branches in Glasgow, Shanghai, Hongkong, Singapore, and Tientsin; whilst agencies have been established at Port Arthur, Chefoo, Weihaiwei, Kiaochau, Hankow, Foochow, Taiwan, […]

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Getz Bros & Company in Hong Kong

Getz Bros & Company, Advert For Hills Bros Coffee, HK Telegraph 31.5.1924

“Getz Bros. & Co.- America’s largest non-commodity international marketing and services company – traces its beginnings to 1860 and a place called Lower Lake, California, a frontier area one hundred miles north of San Francisco. Joseph Getz, a Prussian immigrant, opened a general store there that served farmers in the area, selling dry goods and groceries. By the early 1880s […]

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The Construction of Western Market (North Block), 1902-1906

Western Market AMO A

HF: The building that is now known as Western Market was originally the old Western Market (North Block), which was identified by Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) as one of the Declared Monuments in 1990. It is the oldest market building surviving in Hong Kong. Further information about the demolished South Block would be of great interest. As would images […]

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Tsan Yung Mansions, Ho Man Tin – garage and head office of the Blue Taxi Company

Tsan Yung Mansions A Detail 2 2017 Photo By Angus Harden

Angus Harden read York Lo’s article, The Four Taxi Kings – Blue, Central, New and Star which includes: “The garage of Blue Taxi was initially located at the corner of Nathan Road and Market Street. In 1964, Tsan Yung built the 12 story, 72 units Tsan Yung Mansion at 70 Waterloo Road in Homantin. He and his family occupied various floors of […]

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