Morrison Hill Quarry

Morrison Hill Quarry From Joseph Yen Article York Lo

York Lo’s recently posted article, Tracing Roots: Joseph Yen (嚴錫榮), post-war chairman of Marsman HK China and the father in the book Falling Leaves, contains the following: Earlier on the Group’s website there were several articles about the Dutch American mining magnate from the Philippines – J.H. Marsman and his firm Marsman HK China Ltd (馬士文公司) which operated the Needle […]

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Charcoal burning in Hong Kong, 1971 RASHKB article

James Hayes has kindly given permission for several of his articles published by the Royal Asiatic Society (HK Branch) to be posted on our website. Here he writes about Charcoal Burning in Hong Kong which was included by the RASHKB in its Journal Volume 11, 1971. James mentions several locations where charcoal was produced, namely:- Kwun Tong Lamma Island Tong […]

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Waste collection, disposal and management in Hong Kong – initial notes

Waste Image In HK SCMP 18.09.2015 Bloomberg Image

HF: According to a 2013 Enviromental Protection Department report all three landfill sites in Hong Kong will be full by 2019. The creation of waste and its disposal have obviously been happening since people first settled in the area now known as Hong Kong though with a considerable increase in recent times. A huge subject then that I approach with […]

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John Swire & Sons – family members involved 1832-1966

Swire’s story begins with a young man setting off to seek his fortune as a result of family bankruptcy. While this is not a classic rags-to-riches tale, resilience in the face of adversity was a characteristic that was to stand the firm he founded in good stead on more than one occasion over the following 200 years. The founder of […]

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Commercial Posters – Punk firecrackers, Jazz hair pomade, Red A brand plastic…

Hugh Farmer: Thanks to IDJ for sending in these wonderful adverts. Information about any of the companies or their products would be very useful. I think in particular it would be good to know the exact locations of their factory(ies) in Hong Kong. Click on the poster to enlarge it. Angel Brand Firecrackers Manufactured by Kwong Man Lung Firecracker FactoryKwong […]

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Kwong Tat Loong Shipyard (Brothers) Ltd – Tsing Yi – a HK industry in decline

HF: Tam Kon Shan Road runs for a couple of kilometres along  the north coast of Tsing Yi island. The western kilometre is home to about twenty shipyards – the largest number of this industry, I believe, remaining in Hong Kong. Repairing and maintenance not shipbuilding. On 13th December 2014 I visited Kwong Tat Loong Shipyard (Brothers) Ltd. and took […]

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The Acquisition and Clearance of Hong Kong shipyards – north Tsing Yi Island

Tsing Yi Shipyards Clearance Report Image 8

HF: THe Audit Commission’s Report 41, published in October 2003 includes chapter 8 titled, The acquisition and clearance of shipyard sites. This appears to have been undertaken on behalf of the Lands Department and Civil Engineering Departments. The report is dated 18th October 2003. The report begins with a summary which states: The Government may acquire land for public purposes […]

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Alfred Herbert Rennie – biography, the Hongkong Milling Company and his suicide

HF: Alfred Herbert Rennie, came to Hong Kong from Canada as the sales representative of the American Company, Portland Flouring Mills. He started the Hongkong Milling Company in what was then called Junk Bay. However, despite backing from several prominent local businessmen his company quickly became mired in multiple problems and Rennie committed suicide while travelling by boat to his […]

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Military aircraft in China 1930s – Arnhold & Company and the Blackburn Aircraft Company

Military Aircraft In China, The Far Eastern Review, June 1931 Smaller Image Of Blackburn Lincock Single Seater Foghter Plane

IDJ has unearthed an article first posted in June 1931 in the Far Eastern Review titled Military Aircraft in China. The article mentions the Aviation Department of Arnhold & Co Ltd (“agents for the Blackburn Aircraft Company”). This supplements information we have posted in recent articles on both companies,  linked below. The article begins: Military Aircraft in China. Of the […]

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