Central Market, second generation, 1895 photographs

Paul Onslow has kindly sent these images of the Central Market taken by an unknown photographer in 1895. The market opened in that year so presumably they were taken immediately after its completion. The Market was demolished in 1937. Construction of the current market began in 1938 and was completed in 1939 opening on 1st May. This closed in 2003 […]

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China Daily article – growing trend of collecting HK industrial memorabilia

HF: The China Daily, HK Edition, of 8th September 2015 contained the second of a planned series of articles about what is seen as an “explosion of interest of material related to the city’s industrial past”. The article by Chitralekha Basu includes…Last July, the Hong Kong Museum of History launched a campaign to collect from members of the public, “manufactured goods, […]

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Japanese suicide boats – end of occupation, WW2 – Lamma Island and elsewhere

This article is an attempt to bring together what we know about Japanese suicide boats based on Lamma Island at the end of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. There is also mention of such vessels appearing in other locations. The subject may appear to be drifting somewhat from HK’s industrial history. However, as the BAAG Report KWIZ #79/1 indicates […]

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Delfino Noronha – HK Government printer and operator of the first HK Island-Kowloon ‘Ferry’

HF: Delfino Noronha (1824-1900) ran a printing press in Hong Kong from 1844, Noronha and Co., a quasi-government printer, which later on became the actual Hong Kong Government Printer. He was also involved in the first regular ferry  between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon though this was apparently little more than a weekend pleasure launch to his “country house” in Yau […]

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Golden Harvest Film Studio – Diamond Hill

Golden Harvest/Golden Studios was founded in 1970. When the Cathay Organisation withdrew from film production in HK, Golden Harvest took over their old studios at 8 King Tung Street, Hammer Hill Road, Diamond Hill. The studio was later used to make films by independent companies set up by artistes who then struck a deal with GH for funding, distribution etc. These […]

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Hong Kong Industry during World War One

HF:  This is an initial attempt to analyse the impact of World War One on industry in Hong Kong. First some rather surprising evidence of pro-German feelings immediately prior to the outbreak of WW1. During research at the national archives in Berlin for his forthcoming book, The Germans and Hong Kong, 1843-1997, Bert Becker, associate professor of history at the […]

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Film Studios, Hong Kong – dates, locations, layout, founders…

Hugh Farmer: If you can add further information on these or other studios please add a comment or email me directly: at indhhk at gmail dot com.  Thanks to IDJ for informing me about the illuminatedlantern.com website, linked below, from which I have added to our initial information. Source (1). HF: Philip Edward Kenny who runs the absorbing website about HK film locations, hongkongandmacacufilmstuff […]

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A Brief History of Hong Kong Cinema to 1988 – Film Studios and Personalities

HF: Paul Fonoroff, well known Hong Kong film critic and historian, wrote, A Brief History of Hong Kong Cinema. I believe it was published in 1988, in Renditions, a literary magazine published by the Research Centre for Translation (RCT) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The copy of the article I link below comes from the CUHK library. Of particular interest […]

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