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  This article was first posted […]

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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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Industrial Districts – Tsing Yi Island

This article is the result of several people’s research into industrial development and other related topics on Tsing Yi Island. Tsing Yi Island (青衣島) has an area of 10.69 km². The island has been extended drastically by reclamation along almost all its natural shore and the annexation of Nga Ting Chau (牙鷹洲) and Chau Tsai.  Three major bays or harbours, Tsing Yi Lagoon, Mun Tsai […]

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Night soil collection in Hong Kong – honey buckets…information needed

IDJ wrote in reponse to the article, Worst (industrial) job in Hong Kong, – naturally Night Soil Collector. This task went on certainly during my time in HK primarily servicing Western District’s old properties with no drains or sewage pipe-work. I recall it was all dumped into barges at Kennedy Town and taken out to sea for dumping. You could smell the stench […]

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