West Point Industrial Reformatory – opened 1864, first technical education in Hong Kong

Mike T: “The West Point Industrial Reformatory was opened [in 1864], under Ignatius Ip Uen, James How, Aloy Leang and Asam Wan and taught 45 Chinese boys shoe-making, carpentry, tailoring and bookbinding. This institution may certainly be regarded as the first initiative in technical education in Hong Kong. It later received an annual grant of $1,000 from the Hong Kong […]

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Industrial Developments in Hong Kong: some personal observations by Dan Waters

Dan Waters: In January 1955, not long after I had arrived in Hong Kong, and when I was a lecturer at the Technical College (since upgraded to the Polytechnic University) in Wood Road, Wanchai, I visited a number of our building students who had been attached for six weeks to building sites. I was accompanied by a Chinese colleague who became […]

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The Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims

Thanks to Mak Ho Yin who has translated the Association’s website About Us- History: “The Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims is a non-profit making organization set up by those suffering from industrial accident injuries and occupation diseases, as well as family members of those deceased killed by industrial accidents. The manufacturing industry in Hong Kong started to […]

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The Hong Kong Heritage Project – Latest Newsletter – Industrial Exhibition and Early Foreign Communities

HF: The Hong Kong Heritage Project’s latest Quarterly Newsletter,  2015/1, contains a wealth of information for those interested in HK’s history and especially its industrial past. As shown below there are also details of  Hulu Culture’s latest exhibition which explores the industrial history of Hung Hom and Mau Tai Wai – including CLP, Whampoa Dockyard and Green Island Cement.| HKHP’s […]

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Land reclamation in Hong Kong 1841-1996 map

James Chan: I thought this map would be useful. Here is a snipped version of HK Island and Kowloon. The full version can be seen in the link below. This shows rather small maps of reclamation development: a) up to 1887 b) 1888-1924 c) 1925-1945 d) 1946-1967 e) 1968-1976 f) 1977-1996 http://www.landsd.gov.hk/mapping/en/download/download/map/ar9_4e.jpg

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The Smithfield slaughterhouse, Kennedy Town – photos from 1894

HF: These images come from the Colonial Collection, UK National Archives. Many thanks to Paul Onslow for sending them to me. They are of the slaughter houses and sheep and pig depot shown in this 1889 map of part of Kennedy Town. Related Indhhk articles: The Kennedy Town Slaughterhouses – initial notes

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Three HK bakeries 1864 – Dorabjee Nowrojee’s, The Wanchi and The Colonial, and mention of two other companies

HF: The first mention of a bakery in a Hong Kong newspaper I can find is that of Dorabjee Nowrojee’s in Queen’s road next to P&O Steam Ship Company’s office. The advert, published in 1864, is dated 1860 so it’s rather odd that it suggests a newly opened business. James Chan:  The Wanchi Steam Bakery Company and The Colonial Bread […]

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