Blackhead Point, Signal Hill, TST – FJB Schwarzkopf and Blackhead & Co connection

HF: Blackhead Point (黑頭山, lit. “black head hill”), also known as Tai Pau Mai (大包米), Tsim Sha Tsui Point or Signal Hill ( 訊號山), was a cape before land reclamation in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It remains as a small hill almost hidden away behind Chungking Mansions. The industrial connection? Blackhead Point was named after a German businessman in Hong Kong, Friedrich Johan Bertold Schwarzkopf, (also […]

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Cathay Pacific film – company history and landing at Kai Tak airport

HF: This film, titled Kai Tak Airport – the Final Approach, is a production of Cathay Pacific Airways Corporate Coomunications Department. It covers: A brief history of Kai Tak The history of Cathay Pacific CP’s two founders, American, Roy C Farrell and Australian, Sydney H de Kantzow Butterfield & Swire’s involvement Links to the HK Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO) P&O’s […]

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Aberdeen Dock (Lamma Shipyard) during the Japanese occupation 1942-1945

Elizabeth Ride: Aberdeen Dock (Lamma Shipyard), Map ref 186503.   Extract from the BAAG Intelligence Summaries. The Aberdeen Dock, known as the Lamma Shipyard, is controlled by the Kokoki Butei.  No new construction work was undertaken by this yard in 1944.  The principal work was the repair of wooden auxiliary vessels, 8/10 of which passed through the yard between January and […]

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Ping-Ling Seng (沈炳麟, 1913-2009) – founder of Gloria Weaving & Knitting Co

York Lo: Gloria Weaving & Knitting (大業織造廠) was founded by Ningbonese businessman Ping Ling SENG (沈炳麟, 1913-2009) who first made his fortune exporting straw hats in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong in 1948. Seng started his philanthropy in Shanghai in the 1930s but instead of using his own name, over the years he has donated hundreds of millions to charities […]

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Hong Kong Petrochemical Co Ltd – Lok On Pai Jetty, Tun Muen

HF: Photos taken 4th December 2014 by HF of the HKPC Lok On Pai Storage Facility.     See: http://www.hkpetro.com.hk/about.php – the company website Related Indhhk articles: Asiatic Petroleum Company, China – family connections Kawakami Oil Company in WW2 (AKA Socony-Vacuum Oil Company) Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company in Hong Kong Socony-Vacuum Oil Company in HK from 1896 Standard Oil in Hong […]

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Gloria Weaving & Knitting Factory Ltd, Yau Tong

HF: This company was established in 1955 and incorporated on 27th October 1964. The building shown in the recent photos below is at 1 Tung Yuen Street, Yau Tong where the company operated from the entire seven storeys. Gloria Weaving is listed as manufacturing cardigans, sweaters, pullovers and winterwear. Photos taken by HF on 25th September 2014. This article was […]

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Alfred Herbert Rennie

Biography Of Alfred Herbert Rennie b. 17th November 1857 Ontario, Canada.   d. 14th April 1908 Hong Kong. Here I am primarily concerned with the time Rennie spent in Hong Kong when he established the Kongkong Milling Company. For more information about the man a very useful source is: ‘The Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography’ listed below. For further information about […]

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Brick Works, Brick Hill (Ocean Park) – the location of the HK Pipe, Brick and Tile Works?

Tymon Mellor has sent this 1957 map showing a brick works just NE of Brick Hill (Nam Long Shan) the southern part of which is now Ocean Park amusement park. The entrance to Ocean Park and the start of the cable car which takes you alongside Brick Hill is itself just NE of what was once the brick works. Tymon […]

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