Dragon Kilns – last Hong Kong one fired in 1990 – dramatic photo

IDJ has sent this photo and accompanying short article about the demise of Dragon Kilns in Hong Kong. The technique as shown in the image looks more like hand-to-hand warfare than the manufacturing of bowls and cups. Was the white bucket used to extinguish the fires if things got a little out of control…? Such kilns were certainly found at […]

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Amoy Canning locations – Ngau Tau Kok Road, Amoy Gardens, Ngau Chi Wan – clarification needed?

HF: I am somewhat confused about whether the contemporary Amoycan Industrial Centre was part of the area of Amoy Cannings large industrial concern which is now Amoy Gardens. The maps below show the two locations as being close together but did Amoy Canning in its prime actually extend north to include the site of the present Amoycan Industrial Centre before […]

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The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd / Towngas – 150th Anniversary 2012 – superb photographs

HF: These photographs were included in Towngas 1862-2012: Lighting the Past. Brightening the Future produced to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Hongkong and China Gas / Towngas. This is linked below. See: Towngas 1862-2012: Lighting the Past. Brightening the Future. Towngas Press Release 5th June 2012 – 150th Anniversary Related Indhhk articles: The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – early […]

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The origins of Wahee, Smith & Co. (later China Sugar Refinery.)

York Lo has found this extract from the Carl Smith book linked below. One of the  early business enterprises in which Tong Mow-chee and his brother, Tong King-sing, were interested was the first sugar refinery built in Hong Kong. The sugar company grew out of a business parnership between Tong King-sing, William McGregor Smith and a Mr Dahlbeck. When the […]

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19th Century Wanchai Shipyards – Messrs. George Fenwick & Co Ltd

Stephen Davies has researched the many small shipyards which existed along the Wanchai waterfront from shortly after the colony of Hong Kong came into being up until the early years of the 20th century. These shipyards had a tough time during this period especially during HK’s first 20 years. Businesses came and went because of fluctuating demand thanks to some […]

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Mining in Hong Kong – map showing Indhhk article locations

Here are the locations of the eight mines which we have posted articles about. Tymon Mellor found the map and Malcolm Morris inserted the mines on it. Many thanks to both. This map  can be found in Sewell RJ et al, Hong Kong Geology: A 400-million year journey, CEGG, Gov of HKSAR, 2009. Chapter 8, Economic Geology – Minerals and Mines in […]

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Ma On Shan Iron Mine – SCMP article, nearby miner’s village, three buildings restored

HF: Three buildings have been restored at the mining village close to Ma On Shan Iron Mine where miners and their families lived during the mine’s active life from 1906 to 1976 and especially during the 1950s. The Sunday Morning Post of 18th January 2015 contains an article, Ex-residents return to see village come back to life. The article says […]

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The Lockhart Report 1898 – fascinating glimpse of NT industry – photo of Stewart Lockhart on tour

Hugh Farmer: JH Stewart Lockhart was Colonial Secretary in Hong Kong from 1895-1902. He wrote a report to the Colonial Office in London, reporting on “The New Territory” . This followed “The Convention between Great Britain and China respecting an Extension of the Colony of Hong Kong.” The report was published on the 8th Oct 1898. Paul Onslow has sent this […]

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Hong Kong Tramways – Bowrington Canal Depot

Paul Onslow has sent these photographs of the Hong Kong Tramways’ generating station situated by the banks of the Bowrington Canal in Wanchai. They are from the UK National Archives collection of the Hong Kong colonial office 1869-1910. There is no restriction / copyright issue. The first shows a “View of the Power-house looking South taken from the West side […]

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