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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Technical Education and Training in Hong Kong – a brief account

A Brief Account of the Accompanying Role Played by Technical Education and Training By Dan Waters Early British Hong Kong: As early as 1863 vocational training in carpentry, tailoring, shoemaking, printing, bookbinding and gardening were provided for a maximum of 30 boys by the Catholic Church led by Father Raimondi not far from Mission House in Wellington Street. In the 1870s […]

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Unidentified Structure on Waterfall Bay Headland – industrial connection?

In May 2015 gw posted an article on gwulo.com, linked below. He thought it would be of interest to our group as what remains of the original structure are metal poles and beams, circular pipes and metal rods or cables. Whatever the function of these were at this location it may well have been industrial and possibly connected to cables […]

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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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