Sha Tau Kok branch railway – Absorbing 1986 account by RJ Phillips

Tymon Mellor has sent a long and detailed account of  the Fanling – Sha Tau Kok branch railway which operated from 1911 to 1928. HF adds: The report, written by RJ Phillips, and published in 1986 (?), obviously required a tremendous amount of research and perseverance and contains a large amount of information plus several, sometimes rather blurry, images including […]

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Hong Kong lighthouse construction, costs, delivery, dates, light visibility…

IDJ has sent this account of seven Hong Kong lighthouses concentrating on details of their construction, cost, delivery, dates of opening and light visibility. They are: Pratas Shoal (proposal shelved) Waglan Island A site NE of Lamma Island (proposal shelved) Gap Rock Cape D’Aguilar (Hok Tsui) Green Island Cape Collinson Stephen Davies in his article, Lighthouses in HK pre-1941, linked […]

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The “Shatin Hat Factory”, pre and post WW2, interview with son of two workers

HF: The HK Memory Project includes a 2010 interview with Hui Chor Tin whose parents worked at Shatin Hat Factory both before and after WW2. The full interview, in Cantonese, is linked below along with an English transcript. Here is an edited extract: “Hui Chor Tin was born on 16 December, 1949, on the second floor at 52 Nga Tsin […]

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Leung So Kee – umbrella manufacturer

HF: Thanks to IDJ for this advert from about 1955. Leung So Kee ( 梁蘇記) has a long history of manufacturing and retailing umbrellas. The following information is mainly adapted from a computer translation on the company website with additional sources. There is no mention of whether any of the numerous shops were operating at the same time, though other sources state they […]

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Counterfeit Hong Kong Opium case – San Francisco 1882

HF: The Chinese in Northwest America Research Committee has a website with Hong Kong links including this: “In 1882, a fascinating legal case got under way in San Francisco.  The defendant was the U. S. government, which had seized 3,880 5-tael cans of opium, all bearing either “Lai Yuen” or “Fook Loong” labels, from a local man named Kennedy.  He […]

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The German Speaking Community in Hong Kong 1846-1918 – Part One

HF: Vol. 34 of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch published in 1994 contains a lengthy article about German speakers in Hong Kong and of the companies they were involved in. It was written by Carl Smith. I am familiar with only a small number of these companies and even fewer of those persons working for […]

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Man Loong Ginger Factory

Hugh Farmer writes. Many thanks to IDJ for supplying both the image and text. One of the first manufacturing industries in colonial Hong Kong was preserved ginger, as well as various fruits, grown mainly in Guangzhou. And one of the first such companies was Man Loong Ginger Factory. The description of the company below, written in about 1908, mentions that […]

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The Electronics Industry of Hong Kong: an analysis of its growth 1959-1969

Edward Chen Kwan-yiu wrote the thesis: The Electronics Industry of Hong Kong: an analysis of its growth for his Master of Social Sciences Degree, University of Hong Kong, 1971. The thesis, linked below, comes from the HKU Scholars Hub: The University of Hong Kong Thanks to York Lo for sending this in-depth study. He says, “this is an excellent HKU […]

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Industrial Developments in Hong Kong: some personal observations by Dan Waters

Dan Waters: In January 1955, not long after I had arrived in Hong Kong, and when I was a lecturer at the Technical College (since upgraded to the Polytechnic University) in Wood Road, Wanchai, I visited a number of our building students who had been attached for six weeks to building sites. I was accompanied by a Chinese colleague who became […]

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