Needle Hill Mine – 1961 account

Tymon Mellor has sent this article which was first published in Economic Geology, 1st November 1961. The article has several photos of the mine, processes and workers. More can be found in the linked article. Not all of them have titles. Source: Needle Hill Mine -Mineralogy and Genesis of Wolframite Deposits 1964 SG Davis Economic Geology, 1st November 1961, Vol 56 No.7 […]

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RAF Shatin Airfield – aerial images

Shatin Airfield Image 1 Approach To Strip Peter Howell

Peter Howell has kindly sent the following introduction to and images of RAF Shatin Airfield: 1900 Air Observation Post Flight, 657 Squadron, arrived in Hong Kong at the end of April 1953. Within a few weeks, the personnel had re-assembled their four Auster Mk 6 and one Auster Mk 7 aircraft and started flying operations from the airstrip near Shatin […]

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Alfred Holt, 1829-1911, founder of Alfred Holt & Co (Holts Wharf TST)

HF: Holt’s Wharf and the Godown were set up in 1910 and jointly owned by the Swire Group and Blue Funnel Line. Together they formed  a railway and freight hub in Tsim Sha Tsui. See the article, Holts’s Wharf and Godown, linked below. Here is Alfred Holt’s obituary posted on the excellent Grace’s Guides website and originally published by The Institution […]

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Green Island Cement Company during World War Two

Elizabeth Ride has sent these BAAG reports which cover early 1942 to late 1944 KWIZ #66, 15.9.1944. About 100 workmen. Owing to lack of raw materials production has stopped but there is still some old stock of cement in the works. KWIZ #72, 27.10.44. KWIZ #74 10.11.44 KWIZ #76 24.11.44 KWIZ #77 15.12.44 KWIZ #78 22.12.44 This 1949 aerial image […]

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53 Eye Baths/Cups – manufactured in Hong Kong?

Antique Glass Eye Wash Cup & Metal Insert

George Sturrock recently emailed me, “I am researching the history of eye baths and would be most grateful if you can confirm that the attached eye bath, [see first two images shown below], was marketed by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, presumably post 1963 when A.S.Watson & Co Ltd was assimilated. The embossed kanji inscription above reads  TRADEMARK, I am told, and  HUTCHISON WHAMPOA LTD  within […]

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The China Sugar Refinery Company (previously Wahee, Smith & Co)

HF:  The China Sugar Refinery Company started life, I think, in 1874, as Wahee, Smith & Co (or possibly without a comma). Several partners of Wahee, Smith went bankrupt leading to the sale of the refinery to Jardine, Matheson & Company. Choa Chee-bee was compradore at both companies having come to Hong Kong in the early 1870s from Malacca. If […]

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Hong Kong Water Supply, Tytam Reservoir – details of water connection to Victoria, 1889

Hong Kong Waterworks Tytam Drawings Illustrated London News November 1889

IDJ has kindly sent the following article THE HONG-WATERWORKS. The city of Victoria, a great commercial port and naval and military station of the British Empire, is situated on the south side of a magnificent harbour in that island, separated by a narrow strait from the mainland coast of China, and nearly opposite the entrance to the Canton River. The […]

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Stone Cutters’ Lives in Hong Kong – 1952 article

IDJ has sent an article about Stone Cutters (or Breakers) and their working lives in Hong Kong… The article was originally published in 1952 by the Building Contractor’s Association which subsequently became the Hong Kong Construction Association which exists today. The images shown here have also been supplied by IDJ but are not in the 1952 article. They are all located […]

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