The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – early history from 1860s

Dan Waters’ article, Hong Kong’s Hongs with Long Histories and British Connections, includes the following information about The Hongkong and China Gas Company. The article appeared in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong in 1990. Dan has written several articles directly for our Group. HF: The queries are mine. I have also added the images. “William Glen, who […]

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Fred Westphal – the American Oil Taipan from New Orleans who helped to power Hong Kong

York Lo: Fred Westphal – the American Oil Taipan from New Orleans who helped to power Hong Kong Fred Westphal (right) with Governor Sir David Trench (centre) and Lord Lawrence Kadoorie (left) at the opening of Peninsula Electric Power’s Tsing Yi power station in 1969. Source: HK Heritage On October 11, 2016, Frederick Clement Westphal Jr passed away in his native […]

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Tai Tam Upper Reservoir – Historic Building Appraisal

HF: Several structures at Tai Tam Upper Reservoir have been accorded Grade II status by the Antiquities and Monuments Office. Namely: the Dam itself, the Valve House, the two Masonry Bridges, the Tunnel Inlet & Recorder House, the Tunnel Outlet & the Stone House. Nicholas Kitto has kindly sent the photo shown here. More of his photos of Hong Kong reservoirs […]

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The Tai Tam Reservoirs – recent photographs

HF: The Tai Tam Reservoirs (大潭水塘), is a group of reservoirs located in Tai Tam Country Park in the south-eastern part of Hong Kong Island. The group consist of: Tai Tam Upper Reservoir (大潭上水塘) Tai Tam Byewash Reservoir (大潭副水塘) Tai Tam Intermediate Reservoir (大潭中水塘) Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir (大潭篤水塘) The upper and byewash reservoirs are jointly known as Tai Tam Reservoir (大潭水塘). The planning of […]

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The Norman Electric Light Company – 1886 Hong Kong swindle?

James Chan: This advert from the Hongkong Government Gazette of 9th January 1886 caught my eye. Further investigation brought up the announcement shown below the advert, published in Australia and New Zealand, warning readers that Norman Electric was an “unmitigated fraud and swindle” and exposing one Emil Bassett of New York who was operating under the alias Marsh Bassett. I […]

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High Island Reservoir construction – HK Government publication – official statistics

Eilzabeth Ride has sent this undated booklet produced by the HK Government Information Services Publication titled “High Island”. It contains official statistics about: the dams involved the reservoir itself tunnels and shafts intakes and catchwaters pumping stations pumping mains Shatin treatment works trunk mains permanent roads built HK Public Works Dept Directors Principal Contractors involved Related Indhhk articles: High Island […]

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Night soil collection in Hong Kong – updated – four current locations, July 2016

New information in red. Chris Yuen: The article, Night soil collection in Hong Kong – honey buckets…information needed, asks for further information: “Night fragrance” is indeed an euphemistic term for night soil. Two articles in Apple Daily (2002 and 2013) provide some information: http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/supplement/culture/art/20020529/2625572 http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20130204/18156297 In 2002, there were about 80 units that required the night soil collection service. The service […]

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China Neonlight Advertising Company, Mongkok, makers of neon lights – vanishing Hong Kong trades

Mary Anne Le Bas has sent an SCMP article, Six home-grown Hong Kong trades at risk of dying out, published on 21st June 2015. The last of these is about one of the few remaining Hong Kong companies that make neon lights. Leung Lap Kei, who runs the China Neonlight Advertising Company, says that, “in the 80s and 90s, the […]

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Lantau Island Industry

HF: This article is the result of several people’s research into industrial development, lighthouses, log ponds, manufacturing, mining, reservoirs, salt, shipyards, tea, timber mills, transport, utilities and other related topics on Lantau Island. If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to the list, it would be good to hear from you. I can then […]

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