The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – information and images from c1908

IDJ has sent these extracts from a 1908 book which describe the company and show photographs of its operations. The company was founded in 1862, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (now known as Towngas) was Hong Kong’s first public utility and its original generating plant, the first in Asia, stood on the waterfront at West Point near Whitty Street. […]

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Green Island Cement Company photographs – Set 3 – Exterior – human scarecrows, brandy and hens…

Jane Taylor: My grandfather, Robert Taylor, appears to have started out in Macau in 1912 and moved to Hong Kong around 18 months later. He served as manager of the Green Island Cement Company, I think from the late 1920s, until his retirement in 1949. Recently discovered family photographs show the manager’s house clearly, and also its pre- and post-war […]

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Tramways -1904 proposal for Kowloon trams extending to China

HF: In January 1904 Alfred Dickinson and Company, the consulting engineers for Hong Kong Tramways Ltd wrote to the under-secretary of state at the Colonial Office. The letter states that the company had discussed with Sir Paul Chater the possibility of constructing a tramway system on the Kowloon Peninsula and of extending this as far as Shum Chun in China. […]

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A History of the Wong Family Textile Business – Part One: Life in Shanghai

Eleanor Wong has written A History of the Wong Family Textile Business, a detailed account of her family’s business history in Shanghai, then in Hong Kong and finally Indonesia. She was assisted in this project by her editor, Carey Vail. Part One: Life in Shanghai  is a history of the Wong family’s interests in the textile industry in the city from 1911, […]

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CLP A Century of Light – how power was brought to Kowloon and the New Territories

Amelia Allsop,  Manager – Collections and Research at the Hong Kong Heritage Project, has sent A Century of Light – CLP Centenary Souvenir Book linked below covering the period 1901-2001. Amelia was kindly responding to an enquiry as to whether the Project has any infomation about Tai O Power Company which had been known as Tai O Union Electric Company. […]

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Oriental Brewery – “The beer that’s brewed to suit the climate”

Hugh Farmer: New information in red Land for Oriental Brewery’s plant was acquired in Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon,  in the spring of 1907, when it was announced that the consortium behind it intended to spend “over a quarter of a million dollars on an up-to-date brewery”. The Brewery opened in 1908 with a capacity of 100,000 barrels a year, using […]

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Dan Waters – HK Construction Industry Award and Lingnan Honorary Fellowship

HF: Double congratulations to Dan Waters (Dr Deric Daniel Waters) who on the 12th September  at the Chartered Institute of Building’s  Annual Dinner in Hong Kong was presented with a Construction Industry Honorary Award. Dan is also going to be made an Honorary Fellow of Lingnan University, HK, at a ceremony on Monday 13th October 2014 Dan was the first […]

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Symposium : Postwar Design and Industry in East Asia

HF: Jennifer Wong, Assistant Curator, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has sent details of  a public symposium and industrial design history workshop to be held this Friday 12th in Kowloon Tong and Saturday 13th in Shenzen. Subject: Import/Export: Postwar Design and Industry in East Asia. You’ll find full details at http://www.westkowloon.hk/en/whats-on/current-forthcoming/event-type/highlights    

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Tai Shek-ha 大石下 Stone-quarry – An 1841 hamlet near Belcher Bay, Kennedy Town?

HF: New information in red Guy Breshears contacted me explaining he lives in Hong Kong and is working on a HK history project. He wondered if we had any information about Tai Shek-ha 大石下 Stone-quarry – A hamlet which is mentioned in a 1841 HK Census. The first set of census results were published in the 2nd issue of H.K. Govt. Gazette, […]

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Far East Flying Training School Ltd, Part 2

IDJ: After the war the school was re-established catering for up to two-hundred pupils at a time. In 1952, the school was absorbed into the Wheelock Marden group of companies. One result of Typhoon Wanda in 1962 was that the school’s hangars housing its training facilities were destroyed, along with a number of its aircraft. Flying instruction then ceased to […]

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