Kaolin Mine photo – near Laguna City, on Tsing Yi or Chek Lap Kok islands?

IDJ  and Hugh Farmer. IDJ has sent this early 1950s image of a Kaolin Mine in the New Territories from Hong Kong in Picture and Story by John and Veronica Stericker published in HK in 1953. As IDJ says ‘ the book doesn’t say where it is located except it is “remote and difficult to access”. I have another 1950s book which […]

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Kowloon Dairy Company – horse racing connection

Hugh Farmer: Kowloon Dairy Company was established by George Ahwee [dates?] and Rudy Choy (Nov 1910-29 Apr 1992) in 1940. The Kowloon Dairy website suggests ” It was a fantastic partnership when Ahwee and Choy co-founded the company as the former was a “devotee of animal husbandry, especially of dairy cattle, and Choy was an amateur jockey”. I wasn’t quite sure […]

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World War Two – 1945 BAAG report – Dairy supplies in occupied HK

Elizabeth Ride has sent another  part of  the 1945 BAAG report on a variety of subjects in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in WW2. This time the report covers Dairy Supplies and Facilities. Of particular interest are two companies which are still operating. Dairy Farm which began in 1886 and Kowloon Dairy, with rather unfortunate timing, […]

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Green Island Cement – manager late 1920s to 1949 indentified + photos of earlier manager’s house?

Hugh Farmer: Jane Taylor added this comment to the article, Green Island Cement Company – stunning photos, “ I can confirm that the building in the foreground of the photograph beneath the picture of the rotary kilns was, indeed, the manager’s house. My grandfather, Robert Taylor served as manager (I think from the late 1920s) until his retirement in 1949. Recently discovered […]

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Yim Tin Tsai – project to restore the island’s 200 year old salt fields

Hugh Farmer: Yim Tin Tsai (鹽田仔, lit. “Little Salt Field”) is a small island off Sai Kung.  There is no permanent population on the island. The only village was originally built by a family surnamed Chen from Guangdong province who moved to the island in the 1740s. Its descendents made a living by farming, fishing and operating a salt farm and sold […]

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World War Two – 1945 BAAG report – transport and fuel supplies in occupied HK

Hugh Farmer: Elizabeth Ride has sent another  part of  1945 BAAG report on a variety of subjects in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in WW2. This time the report covers: Motor Bus Services – the removal of most buses from HK, bus services post Sept 1942 Ferry Services – Harbour and Island/NT/Aberdeen, use of auxiliary junks, fuel […]

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Robert Gordon Shewan – CLP, Green Island Cement and HK Rope Manufacturing

Hugh Farmer: Robert Gordon Shewan was born in London on 13th November 1859 (1860 according to 20th Century Impressions – see below) but achieved prominence in Hong Kong as a Scottish businessman. He was the son of Andrew Shewan, master mariner, and Jane Thomson. He arrived in Hong Kong in 1881, at the age of 2,1 in connection with the American […]

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