Francesco de Pinedo – Italian aviator – lands near Lai Chi Kok 1925 – further information

IDJ has sent the following book extract about Italian Francesco de Pinedo and his 55,000 kms 1925 flight. This included landing close to the Asiatic Petroleum wharf at Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong. Source: Wings Over Hong Kong, Odyssey Guides, Crecy Publishing Ltd, 1998 See: Information about the book Wings Over Hong Kong This article was first posted on 11th February 2015. Related […]

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Orient Tobacco Manufactory – HK factory location, map and plan of works layout

Edward Schneider: The Orient Tobacco Manufactory works was on a site in Kowloon bordered by Nathan Road, Dundas Street, Soy Street and Kwong Wa Street.  It had a total surface area of 307,095 sq.ft. (approximately 3 hectares) and was registered as Lot numbers 1421 and 2629. It was acquired as a grant on 1 January 1908 for $86,124.40. The buildings cost $278,485.45. […]

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Hong Kong’s Klondike, prospecting for wolfram ore in 1951

Lin Fa Shan 3

IDJ has sent the following newspaper article about what he calls “Hong Kong’s Klondike”. If you are not familiar with this: The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of Yukon, in north-western Canada, between 1896 and 1899. The image below comes from Tymon Mellor’s article, Lin Fa Shan Mine, linked below, and bears a passing resemblance, except for the […]

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56 Dairy Farm Company – do the small concrete dams built in the 1930s still exist?

Dairy Farm, Pokfulam, HK Historical Phtographs Of China

Our recently posted article Dairy Farm Company employees – a compilation, features Peter C. Jackson. His son Nick Jackson contributed information about his father and several images. This includes the following, “Have the dams in the hills survived? At some stage my father – who had started in about 1933 – had arranged for simple small concrete dams to be […]

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Plane assembled in Discovery Bay, 2004

IDJ has sent this article about the assembling of components to be shipped to Oz for full plane assembly. It appeared in Cathay Pacific’s Crews News magazine in 2004. See: Cathay Pacific magazine “for staff and friends” Woman taken to hospital as blaze engulfs about 60 golf carts in Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay SCMP 15th September 2020 This article was […]

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Lighthouses in Hong Kong pre-1941- revised

Stephen Davies: These are the eleven lighthouses (excluding beacons and buoys) that the records show were operated by the Harbour Master before 1941. Note: The locations of Ma Wan (Kap Shui Mun) and Tungkwu/Lung Kwu Chau lighthouses are not yet shown on the map. Gap Rock lighthouse was in Chinese waters but under the aegis of, and paid for by, […]

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Dairy Farm Company employees – a compilation

Peter C. Jackson With Twp Stalwarts, Wong Kam Cheuk And Annie Pau

HF: This newly posted article begins what I hope will become an expanding resource of employees of the well known Hong Kong company, Dairy Farm. Dairy Farm was set up in 1886 by Sir Patrick Manson, a Scottish surgeon, and five well known Hong Kong businessmen. They initially aimed to improve the health of Hong Kong people by providing them with non-contaminated cows’ […]

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