The Nam Jam Factory Ltd – Sham Shui Po

HF: Nam Jam Factory, a manufacturer of torches (not boiled fruit and sugar) was set up in Hong Kong in 1928 and subsequently opened a branch factory in Canton. First some background information about pre-WW2 industries extracted from the HK Memory Project – The Origins of the Hong Kong metal industry. “The metal industry of Hong Kong started budding in […]

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Admiralty Floating Dock No.18 – in HK 1945 to 1955

Stephen Davies: The rectangle marked ‘floating dock’ in the chart below, moored with six anchors (important to keep the beast firmly in position when moving ships in and out with the dock flooded down) is Admiralty Floating Dock (AFD) No.18. The chart was issued by the UK Hydrographic Office in their emergency issue of updated charts in September 1949. AFD No.18 was […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – tramway service + tickets

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it […]

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West Point Industrial Reformatory – opened 1864, first technical education in Hong Kong

Mike T: “The West Point Industrial Reformatory was opened [in 1864], under Ignatius Ip Uen, James How, Aloy Leang and Asam Wan and taught 45 Chinese boys shoe-making, carpentry, tailoring and bookbinding. This institution may certainly be regarded as the first initiative in technical education in Hong Kong. It later received an annual grant of $1,000 from the Hong Kong […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – gas supply

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it […]

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AEC Regent V – Kowloon Bus Company buses 1960s

James Chan: The article, The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Ltd – Timeline, got me thinking about KMB buses in the 1960s. I found this: 1954 Model introduced. The AEC Regent V was a front-engined double-decker bus built by the Associated Equipment Company between 1954 and 1969. The Regent V had AEC’s own frontal design and concealed radiator as standard, It was […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – electricity

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it […]

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The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Ltd – Timeline

HF: This KMB timeline comes from the company’s website. The story begins… On 13 April 1933, Tang Shiu Kin, William Louey Sui Tak, Lui Leung, Tam Woon Tong and Lam Ming Fan established The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited (KMB), which was granted the right to operate franchised bus services in Kowloon and the New Territories. There were 106 […]

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Bailey’s Shipyard during the Occupation 1942-1945

Elizabeth Ride has sent a 1942 map and several WW2 BAAG reports about WS Bailey & Co, more usually known as Bailey’s Shipyard. Elizabeth says, The Intelligence Summaries sent on nearly all the information brought to BAAG by their underground agents, but added their comments if they thought it sounded improbable. HF: Where the original report is difficult to read […]

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Kokoki Butai – Hong Kong Japanese Army Marine Unit during the occupation, WW2

HF: The website contains many British Army Aid Group (BAAG 英軍服務團) reports sent from Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation, World War Two. Many of these concern HK shipyards. And some of these include the name Kokoki Butai. I asked our translator of Japanese, Kwong Chi Man, about this term. KCM: Kokoki Butai was the Hong Kong branch of the “Army […]

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