Binnie & Partners, engineering consultancy, Hong Kong reservoirs and more…

HF:  In 1909 Sir AR Binnie and Son merged with another UK engineering consultancy to become Sir Alexander Binnie, Son and Deacon. Later this company became Binnie &  Partners and from the 1990s it has been part of the multi-national Black and Veatch consultancy. Binnie & Partners had a close connection to Hong Kong from 1930. The company was involved […]

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Razzle Dazzle: International Jeweler, Developer and Hotelier Kevin Hsu (許開文)

Razzle Dazzle Kevin Hsu Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Razzle Dazzle: International Jeweler, Developer and Hotelier Kevin Hsu (許開文) Left: Kevin Hsu (Business Times, 1984-2-16); Center: ad announcing the acquisition of the Cockpit Hotel in Singapore by Kevin Hotels with financing provided by DBS Bank in 1980 (Business Times, 1980-5-19); Right: Kevin Hsu in 2019 with painter Zhang Yuan (张媛)whom he bought a painting from. Kevin Hsu […]

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Beer in Hong Kong – Part Three – The Oriental Brewery 1908-1912

Martyn Cornell has kindly given permission for extracts from his article, A Short History of Beer in Hong Kong, to be posted on our website. The article was published in the Journal of the Brewery History Society, Brewery History, Issue 156, 2012 Martyn has his own blog, Zythophile – Beer now and then, linked below. Despite its title the article is […]

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RAF Shatin Airfield – daily life

Shatin Airfield, Daily Life Image 1 Peter Howell

Peter Howell has kindly sent the following introduction and images: 1900 Air Observation Post Flight, 657 Squadron, arrived in Hong Kong at the end of April 1953. Within a few weeks, the personnel had re-assembled their four Auster Mk 6 and one Auster Mk 7 aircraft and started flying operations from the airstrip near Shatin village. The attached photographs of […]

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Cardboard Millionaires: Pioneers of the HK Corrugated Paper Products Industry

Cardboard Millionaires, HK Corrugated Paper Products Detail Image 6 York Lo

York Lo: Cardboard Millionaires: Pioneers of the HK Corrugated Paper Products Industry Group picture at the 1st anniversary of the HKCPMA in 1965. Left to right:supervisor Chen Kim-cheong, honorary president Fung Kam-chung, president Choi Chik-leung, vice president Wong Kam-yuen The corrugated paper products industry in HK was founded in the 1950s by a group of enterprising industrialists who saw an […]

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John M. Henderson, Engineering Company, Aberdeen, Scotland…link to Hok Un power station, Hong Kong

John M. Henderson 1899 Henderson Incline Cableway Grace's Guide

Graham Wood compiled a brief biography of his father Andrew Wood, who was involved in repairing Hok Un Power Station in Hong Kong at the end of the Japanese occupation in the Second World War. We have posted two articles related to this, namely Hok Un Power Station, post World War Two images, and Andrew Wood biography – involvement in […]

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Arratoon V Apcar & Company, Hongkong 1924-1933, information needed

HF: Our article, Beer in Hong Kong – Part Three – The Oriental Brewery 1908-1912, includes  “It was announced early in March 1913 that the [Imperial] brewery had been purchased:-by Mr Arratoon V Apcar of Messers Arratoon V Apcar and Co, Hongkong … on behalf of a syndicate of which Mr Apcar is a member…” I had not heard of this company before. HK […]

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The Cheung family and the New York/Great World chain of cinemas

The Cheung Family And The New York Chain Of Cinemas Image 6 York Lo

York Lo: The Cheung family and the New York/Great World chain of cinemas Left: article about William Cheung’s donating $1000 to scholarships with pictures of Cheung Kon-fong (top) and William Cheung (bottom). (WKYP, 1964-2-15); Right: New York Theatre in 1958 One of the major chains of movie theaters in HK during the 1950s and 1960s was the “New York/Great World” […]

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BAAG Report KWIZ #80 Naval Reports – information about Kowloon, Cosmopolitan, Taikoo, Naval, Tsunan Dockyards, HK Ferries and Standard Oil

BAAG Report Detail KWIZ #80 A1

Elizabeth Ride has sent BAAG Report KWIZ #80, dated 5th January 1945, and noted earlier: After KWIZ #4, the Naval section is not included in the AWM papers, and does not appear again until KWIZ #66, and then in a slightly different format. HF: I am afraid because of time constraints I am no longer able to summarize and list […]

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