Town Island (伙頭墳洲) – CLP Renewable Energy Supply Project

James Chan: Town Island (伙頭墳洲 Fo Tau Fan Chau), also known as Dawn Island is an island located south of the former High Island in Sai Kung District. A drug rehabilitation centre was established on the island in 1976 which is run by Operation Dawn. “Located off Sai Kung and without connection to the power grid, the Island used to rely […]

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Rope-making and Dyeing/Calendering on Ap Lei Chau Island. 1971 RASHKB article

James Chan:  I found this Royal Asiatic Society (HK Branch) ‘Notes and Queries’ article while looking through old volumes of the HKBRAS’ Journals. I thought it would be a useful addition to what we have on rope-making in Hong Kong. I regret that I was unable to find the illustrations that accompanied the article. If you can please contact the […]

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Chutsing, Sailmaker, Endicott’s Bazaar, 1864

Chutsing, Sailmaker, 3 Endicott’s Bazaar, Hong Kong. “Sails made and repaired in an efficient manner, on the most moderate terms.” Note: 1864 is the correct year of the publication of this advert despite 1863 being mentioned within the advert. This article was first posted on 26th March 2017. Related Indhhk articles: Wm Dolan, Sailmaker, Duddell Street, 1868 Neil Pryde Ltd […]

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Yau Fung Tours and Transportation Company Ltd aka Hong Kong Bus, ex-Manchester, Perth and London buses

Daimler Fleetline Bus

James Chan: Yau Fung Tours and Transportation Company Ltd, later trading as Hong Kong Bus was incorporated on 11th February 1977 and dissolved on 31st July 2008. “Another operator who had traditionally run an all-single-deck fleet was Yau Fung Tours which introduced six ex-Greater Manchester Fleetlines in 1987. These were followed by two ex-Stagecoach of Perth Neoplan Skyliners. A further single Fleetline […]

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Jimmy Heung dies – Win’s Entertainment film studio

James Chan:  Jimmy Heung died on 20th November 2014 in Beijing. He co-founded Win’s Entertainment with his elder brother Charles in the 1980s. The company went on to become one of the most successful Hong Kong film studios in the 1990s. Charles formed China Star Entertainment Group. See: SCMP article -Legendary movie mogul dies of cancer at 64 This article was […]

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High Island Reservoir

James Chan, Rico Lee and Elizabeth Ride: High Island Reservoir is the largest in Hong Kong by volume, [273 (3) /281 (1) (4) million cubic metres]. Plover Cove Reservoir has a larger area. Government Department: Water Supplies Consultants: The reservoir was designed by Binnie & Partners as a part of the High Island Water Scheme  which included pipeworks and other supporting infrastructure […]

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1921 Explosion at Kowloon firecracker factory kills and injures fifty – map added of Smallpox hospital location

Additional information in red. James Chan: I came across this Report of the Secretary for Chinese Affairs for the year 1921.  It would interesting to know where  this converted Kowloon smallpox hospital was. No exact date is given as to when the accident happened. And what the name of the company making the firecrackers was. “An unfortunate accident occurred in […]

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