Alfred Dickinson, Consulting Engineer HK Tramways

HF: The Rhyl History Club, Wales, UK, has a report of Alfred Dickinson’s death and details about his career. He was a widely travelled man including to Hong Kong.  His company Alfred Dickinson & Co was closely involved in the development of Hong Kong Tramways. For example, “In February 1902 The Hongkong Tramway Electric Company Ltd was formed in England […]

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V.P.Musso & Company

V.P.Musso Twentieth Century Impressions Of Hong Kong Etc

HF: Messrs. V. P. Musso & Co. have a large connection, both locally and in Europe, as general agents, importers, and exporters. For many years they held a contract for supplies to the Italian Navy in the Far East. The firm was established twenty-five years ago by Mr. D. Musso, an Italian gentleman, who for many years, right up to […]

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The Hongkong Cotton-Spinning, Weaving and Dyeing Company Ltd 1898 -1914

HF: This was the first major cotton spinning company in Hong Kong and was formed in 1898 by Messrs. Jardine, Matheson & Co Ltd.  A Public Works Department’s Annual Report  from that year states:”During the year the most notable buildings in course of erection from an industrial point of view were the Cotton Mills at Causeway Bay and…” Considerable detail […]

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Web-footed aeroplanes in Hong Kong And Macao

7 Web Footed Aeroplanes In Hong Kong And Macau

From IDJ, with many thanks to Yannis Baritakis, on Syros Island, Greece, for adapting IDJ’s original word document including images for inclusion on our website. Flights using seaplanes and float-planes between Hong Kong and Macao were not entirely unknown after de Ricou’s Macao Aerial Transport Company in the 1920s failed to continue with the project due to interference and indifference […]

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A History of the Wong Family Textile Business – Part Two: Life in Hong Kong

Eleanor Wong has written A History of the Wong Family Textile Business, a detailed account of her family’s business history in Shanghai, then in Hong Kong and finally Indonesia. She was assisted in this project by her editor, Carey Vail. Part Two: Life in Hong Kong continues the story with the arrival of TY Wong in Hong Kong from Shanghai, early in 1949. […]

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Riding on a steam loco footplate to Lo Wu – 1955 Meccano Magazine article

IDJ has kindly sent this account of riding on the footplate of a 2-8-0 express passenger locomotive of the KCR from Kowloon station to Lo Wu, on the border with China, and back again. The article, written by Nicolas B Watson, was published in Meccano Magazine in 1955. We begin with a brief details of the suspension in 1949 of the […]

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Aerometro Ltd – proposed monorail Hong Kong Island 1980

IDJ: This image was accompanied by the following text: “The advocates of monorail transport proposed an “Aerometro” route along the north shore of Hong Kong Island in 1980 as an alternative to both the trams and the MTR Island line. This is how Hennessy Road would have looked. (Aerometro Ltd)” This article was first posted on 15th March 2015. Related Indhhk […]

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Wo Fat Hing Distillery, Lung Wo village

HF: Any further information about this company or others involved in producing alcohol in HK, especially Chinese ones, would be welcomed. (see links below) While walking down Clear Water Bay Road on 21st Feb 2015 I glanced down a rather rough side road, saw a small, industrial looking building and decided to investigate. At the start of the road was a […]

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Chek Lap Kok Island industry, pre-airport

Chek Lap Kok Island is located north of Lantau Island off Ma Wan Chung and Tung Chung. Before the building of the new Hong Hong International Airport, it was a small, hilly island, about 4 kilometres long, with an area of about 3 sq km.  The name of the island may be derived from the bareness of the island (‘da […]

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Netherlands Harbour Works Company – dredging HK harbour / reclamation at Kai Tak 1927

IDJ: Possibly the earliest large scale dredging and reclamation contractor in HK was the above company. HF: ‘…the road passes Macao Siac where the Netherlands Harbour Works Co has established its workshops in connection with the Port Works of Macao …” 1929 (1) Problems for the company in Australia during WW2: There is also a contemporary Royal Netherlands Harbour Works based in […]

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