Agriculture in the “New Territory” – 1931 article
HF: It is worth looking at the Hong Kong Naturalist – “a quarterly illustrated journal principally for Hong Kong and South China” which was published from Jan 1930 until Feb 1941. The journals contain articles on a variety of subjects of interest to us including, tea production, oysters, Kowloon waterworks, and a couple of mountains where mines are mentioned.
One of the articles is Agriculture in the New Territory by L Gibbs from May 1931.
Source: HK Naturalist – Agriculture in the New Territory
Related Indhhk articles:
- Lindsay Ride films of HK in the 1950s – agriculture, duck herding and street scenes!
- Fish Farming “They Fatten Fish to Feed Hong Kong”
- Fish Farming, New Territories
- Fish Farming, New Territories, The Bionomics of Pondfish Culture – mid 1950s
- Fish Pond Industry, New Territories 1960s
- Fish Pond Industry, New Territories, the fish
- Fishing Industry, The Hong Kong, during World War two – on the trail of Amakusa Marine
- Oyster Beds of the Wang Chau area, Yuen Long
- The Oyster Industry in South China and Hong Kong, 1931
Fascinating photos! One of those paddy field workers could easily be my mother!. She would be about 15 years old, recently married to a Tang farmer who quickly dispatched her to work on the fields while he went to school. Life was tragic for this teenager even though she made huge contribution as a “free labourer” towards the household finance, not to mention HK’s food supply and GDP at that time.
Hugh, it seems “Hong Kong Naturalist” is being locked up in HKU library’s deep freezer. Is it possible to access its articles online? An interesting article about HK rice growing “Return of rice home grown”: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2013-11/08/content_17090509.htm
I’ve found the Hong Kong Naturalist online. Apologies for making incorrect comment about HKU library’s freezer.
I’ve found the Hong Kong Naturalist online. Apologies for making an incorrect comment about HKU library’s freezer.