Forty one historic monuments at six of HK’s earliest reservoirs

HF: In 2009 the Water Supplies Department published, Stream of Memories, which provides details of 41 “historic waterworks structures as statutory monuments.” These include dams and tunnel inlets, aqueducts and stone bridges, watchman’s houses and staff quarters going back to the initial establishment of a reliable supply of fresh water on Hong Kong Island around 150 years ago. Six locations, […]

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Tea in China, HK Naturalist article 1931

HF: It is worth looking at the Hong Kong Naturalist – “a quarterly illustrated journal principally for Hong Kong and South China” which was published from Jan 1930 until Feb 1941. The  journal contain articles on a variety of subjects of interest to us including, oysters, Kowloon waterworks, agriculture in the New Territory [sic] and a couple of mountains where mines are mentioned. […]

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Ying Mee and Yue Mou tea companies – information needed

HF: Can anyone supply further details about either of these Hong Kong tea companies? Or about other companies in this trade in Hong Kong? Especially Hong Kong grown tea – see Traditional Tea Growing in the New Territories, linked below. I am intrigued by the term”processed in HK’ in the Ying Mee advert. Does this mean just packaged or  that […]

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The Dairy Farm Company – Post WW1, the Japanese occupation and immediately post WW2

Paul Onslow: With the destruction and loss of most of the Dairy Farm archives and virtually all photographic material (read further on for more details) much of what is known about the history of Dairy Farm was documented by the great Hong Kong historian Nigel Cameron in his 1986 book ‘The Milky Way – The History of Dairy Farm’. Nigel carried […]

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Harry Kin Hong Long – New Zealand, The HK & Yaumati Ferry Company and WW2

HF: Harry Kin Hong Long divided his life between New Zealand and Hong Kong. In the latter he worked for two companies, Kung Lee Steam Ship and HK and Yaumati Ferry. Julia Bradshaw has kindly given me permission to quote from her book Golden Prospects: Chinese on the West Coast of New Zealand. Julia is the Director of the Hokitika Museum, NZ. […]

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Cheng Cheung Hing Shrimp Paste Factory, Tai O

HF: The SCMP of 17th September 2014 contained an article about the demise of the shrimp paste industry in Tai O on Lantau island. In particular it provides details about the Cheng Cheung Hing Shrimp Paste Factory and its owner Cheng Kai-Keung shown in the photo below. The company was founded by his great-grandfather in 1920. Production was badly affected […]

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The Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims

Thanks to Mak Ho Yin who has translated the Association’s website About Us- History: “The Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims is a non-profit making organization set up by those suffering from industrial accident injuries and occupation diseases, as well as family members of those deceased killed by industrial accidents. The manufacturing industry in Hong Kong started to […]

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Industrial Accidents in Hong Kong, Labour Dept bulletin, June 2013

HF: According to this Labour Department bulletin in 2012: There were 12,547 industrial accidents – 3,160  in the construction industry resulting in 24 out of a total of 29 fatalities 6,216  in food + beverages services 1,914   in  manufacturing See: Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Bulletin, Labour Dept, June 2013  Related Inddhk articles: The Association for the Rights of […]

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Hong Kong bamboo scaffolders defy safety rules – SCMP article

HF: The SCMP of 18th April 2015 contains the article, Spider sense: Hong Kong’s scaffolders defy gravity and safety rules. According to Labour Department regulations, scaffolders are compelled to use safety equipment including wearing belts and remain attached to a “secure anchorage while on the skeleton frame.” However, as everyone who lives in Hong Kong knows… HK had 1,734 registered […]

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Black Point Power Station

IDJ: Black Point Power Station located near Tuen Mun at the western edge of the New Territories was planned in the 1990s to ensure the security of electricity supplies into the 21st century. It serves to diversify the power company’s power and fuel sources by adding large gas fired CCGT (Combined Cycle Gas Turbines) to its conventional coal-fired thermal power station. […]

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