The [Hong Kong] Steam Laundry Company – further information needed

HF: A mixed bag of information stretching from the late 19th century to around 1950. And two company names – the HK Steam Laundry Company and the Steam Laundry Company. Any further information about this company/ies would be welcomed. I believe HK Steam Laundry was owned by the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd which in 1923 had changed its name […]

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Plane assembled in Discovery Bay, 2004

IDJ has sent this article about the assembling of components to be shipped to Oz for full plane assembly. It appeared in Cathay Pacific’s Crews News magazine in 2004. See: https://www.vansaircraft.com/public/rv7.htm http://www.vansaircraft.com/ Cathay Pacific magazine “for staff and friends” Related Indhhk articles: Submarine built in Hong Kong – 1968 – tested at Hebe Haven

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Tse Tsan Tai, 謝纘泰, co-founder of the South China Morning Post and…

HF: Tse Tsan Tai, 謝纘泰,  16th May 1872 – 4th April 1938),  was one of the earliest Chinese revolutionaries of the late Qing Dynasty and co-founded the South China Morning Post. A man with a wide range of interests. Tse Tsan Tai was born in Sydney, Australia on 16th May 1872 the son of Tse Yat Chong, a native of Kaiping County Guandong […]

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Sun Hing restaurant Kennedy Town, traditional art of handmaking dim sum dying?

HF: The SCMP of 25th December 2015 contained the article, Saving dim sum: How a determined group of Hong Kong chefs are refusing to let the city’s culinary traditions die. The article begins: For the past 60 years, Chui Hoi has risen in the early hours of the morning to prepare bite-size steamed morsels for his small but popular dim sum […]

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Kau Shat Wan 狗虱灣 , Lantau Island – government explosives depot

The history of explosive storage in Hong Kong is an interesting one. The earliest location appears to have been Magazine Island, originally named One Tree Island, which lies just to the West of Aberdeen Harbour.  From 1887 to 1908 it was leased for an annual rent of $100, by the Nobel Explosives Company, who built a magazine, a road and […]

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Oriental Bank Corporation – HK’s first note issuing institution, 1847

HF: With thanks to moddsey for pointing out a couple of sources. The banking industry began in Hong Kong in 1845 with the opening of a branch of the Oriental Banking Corporation, which had its headquarters in India. This Bank was also the first bank in Hong Kong to issue banknotes when in 1847 “it put in circulation $56,000 worth of […]

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The managing agency system in India, China (and Hong Kong?)

Carles Brasó: According to an article written by David M. Swan, Jardine Matheson concerns in China developed a particular kind of control method named “managing agency system”. Industrial companies were not subsidiaries of the main company but had its own shareholder structure and charter of association. They kept this system in the diverse sectors such as silk, sugar, brewing, egg processing, […]

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The Construction of the Big Buddha, Lantau Island – further information

HF: The Po Lin Monastery website provides additional information to that provided in the paper published in The Structural Engineer, Vol 73, No. 17, 5th September 1995 sent by IDJ and linked below. The PLM article is divided into a number of sections. I have extracted initial paragraphs and images of particular interest: Genesis – background Buddhist information Design of the […]

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SMS Emden: the “Kaiser’s pirate ship” Hong Kong’s favourite foe, WW1

HF: Stuart Heaver wrote a fascinating article in the Sunday Post Magazine of 26th January 2014. The subject being the SMS Emden, a German cruiser which was a frequent visitor to Hong Kong before the outbreak of World War One. As Stuart writes: German merchants were well represented in commercial shipping circles in Hong Kong: Melchers & Co had been founded […]

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