“Worst industrial jobs in UK’s history” – Hong Kong’s own list?

HF: You may not have come across this UK Channel 4 five part series narrated by Tony Robinson. Jobs featured are: bridge-builder, canal tunnel legger, soap boiler, glass blower, knocker up, bone cleaner, presser, saggar maker’s bottom knocker and child mine hurrier… I wonder what  Hong Kong’s  “worst” occupations were (are)…hand- dug caisson excavator, lead mining, textile dyeing, ship-breaking, oyster […]

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World War Two – BAAG reports – Batch 1 – HK industrial companies, trading syndicates…

Elizabeth Ride has sent a sample of BAAG reports from 1942 to 1944. These cover mainly commodity prices and supply in Hong Kong during this period plus snippets about currency, utilities, transport, trade syndicates and the Canton Army Commissariat which operated factories in Canton producing for the Japanese army. File 11  mentions four HK companies. HF: I have given each […]

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World War Two – brief reports on four companies during the Japanese occupation

HF: This extract from a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1944 provides brief details about four companies during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War Two. 1) The Green Island Cement Company Green Island Cement Company – stunning photos Green Island Cement – manager late 1920s to 1949 indentified + photos of earlier manager’s house? Green […]

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Mystery structures near Stanley – industrial site, mine?

HF: Craig Mitchell has been in touch with a few more notes and thoughts about the site above Stanley which appears to be industrial in origin. I have added these to his original comments. Craig Mitchell writes: Last weekend [early Jan 2014] a few of us were out in the hills behind Stanley. We went up the The Twins (Stanley […]

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Ping Shan – proposed airport for Hong Kong – further images

Hugh Farmer: All images have been sent by IDJ with acknowledgements  given for sources where known. RAF Ping Shan c1954 IDJ comments the above  image was originally posted on the The Hong Kong Historical Aircraft Association (HKHAA) website by someone in Australia in 2006. RAF Ping Shan c1954 RAF Ping Shan c1954IDJ adds “I noticed this week [4th Dec 2013] that the […]

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Messrs. L.M. Alvares & Co, Ginger + Feathers c1908

HF: Extracted from Twentieth Century Impressions of Hong-kong, Shanghai and Other Treaty Ports of China, Wright A, Lloyd’s Greater Britain Publishing Company Ltd., 1908. A popular delicacy at home is the preserved ginger imported largely from China. The Hing Loong ginger factory in Canton is noted for producing some of tlie finest qualities, the export of which is controlled by Messrs. […]

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Appeal for personal accounts of working in any aspect of HK’s industrial past

I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has personal anecdotes or reminiscences about any aspect of Hong Kong’s industrial past including those mentioned below. Whether you yourself or a family member worked in these industries, or you know of someone who left written memories or photographs, it would be great to hear about it. The group is […]

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