Yau Ma Tei – origin of place name from rope making?

Lawrence Tsui suggests that the place name Yau Ma Tei originated through the industry there of making marine ropes – literally, ‘Place for the Oily Flex [Flax?] Ropes’. Hugh Farmer adds: Gwulo had a forum about the origin of the name Yau Ma Tei  in 2006 to which several people contributed quoting a variety of sources. I have included the […]

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The Hongkong Rope Manufacturing Co., Ltd – further information

The first article on this company was written by Amelia Allsop of the Hong Kong Heritage Project Archive and posted on Nov 9, 2013. Jan 13 2014 a new image sent by IDJ: There is also a connection in the following to the article “Shanghai Spinners: Pioneers of Hong Kong’s industrialization, 1947-1955” written by Carles Brasó Broggi and posted on 9 […]

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The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group on RTHK Sunday 12th January 2014

Hugh Farmer was  interviewed by Annemarie Evans on her RTHK  programme  Hong Kong Heritage, first broadcast on Saturday 12 Jan. He spoke about how he became interested in Industrial History in the UK and Hong Kong and why he set up The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group. He then highlighted a few subjects of interest including incense water mills and […]

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Paul Tsui’s Memoirs – 1948 HK Manufacturing References

Many thanks to Lawrence Tsui for sending his father’s, Paul Tsui’s unpublished Memoirs – My Life and My Encounters see  http://www.galaxylink.com.hk/~john/paul/paul.html Paul Tsui Ka Cheung was born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong on Nov 5 1916. He had a very full life, including some dramatic times during WW2. He started work in Hong Kong as a Cadet Officer Class 2, on […]

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Toy Museum in Hong Kong + 1972 World’s largest exporter of Toys

Hugh Farmer writes, The SCMP of 10 Dec 2013, has an article “Museum plans an old school revival” which mentions a plan by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries and the Hong Kong Toys Council to  set up a permanent museum dedicated to toys produced here. Sounds like an excellent idea given the importance of the toy industry in Hong Kong […]

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The Stephen Hui Geological Museum, HKU

Adapted from Newsletter 3, published 11th January 2013 As part of my research into the West Brother Island Graphite Mine and Lin Ma Hang Lead Mine I came across the name Stephen Hui. From 1956-1970 he was the Chief Mining Engineer and General Manager of the Yan Hing Mining Company Ltd. As such he was involved in the exploration of […]

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Incense tree plantation in Hong Kong

Dan Water’s article in Newsletter 8, Recollections of a Visit to a Joss-stick Mill in Tsuen Wan, describes the decline of this once important Hong Kong industry. It is highly unlikely there will be a serious revival of the incense mills (though how delightful it would be to visit a reconstructed, working incense water mill above Tsuen Wan or on […]

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Manufacturing in HK 1876 and 1881 – a comparison of numbers of workers

Hugh Farmer writes, in Newsletter Seven  I mentioned Chinese manufacturing enterprises in the 1870s. These included two for preserving ginger and other processed food including soy sauce and preserved fruit, several machine-makers, a tannery, a paper factory and a manufacturer of matches, workshops for producing cigars, tobacco, clothing, glass, oars, rifles, ropes, umbrellas, spectacles, tooth-powder and soap, as well as […]

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