Holga Cameras – interview with TM Lee their creator

HF: This interview with the 84 year old creator of Holga cameras, TM Lee, was conducted by Manami Okazaki in Mr Lee’s office in Hong Kong in February 2014. The interview has been slightly adapted. He talks about Holga’s history, including why the camera never sold in China, and the company’s efforts to stay afloat amid the slow demise of […]

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Amoy Canning locations – Ngau Tau Kok Road, Amoy Gardens, Ngau Chi Wan – clarification needed?

HF: I am somewhat confused about whether the contemporary Amoycan Industrial Centre was part of the area of Amoy Cannings large industrial concern which is now Amoy Gardens. The maps below show the two locations as being close together but did Amoy Canning in its prime actually extend north to include the site of the present Amoycan Industrial Centre before […]

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Mining in Hong Kong – map showing Indhhk article locations

Here are the locations of the eight mines which we have posted articles about. Tymon Mellor found the map and Malcolm Morris inserted the mines on it. Many thanks to both. This map  can be found in Sewell RJ et al, Hong Kong Geology: A 400-million year journey, CEGG, Gov of HKSAR, 2009. Chapter 8, Economic Geology – Minerals and Mines in […]

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Ma On Shan Iron Mine – SCMP article, nearby miner’s village, three buildings restored

HF: Three buildings have been restored at the mining village close to Ma On Shan Iron Mine where miners and their families lived during the mine’s active life from 1906 to 1976 and especially during the 1950s. The Sunday Morning Post of 18th January 2015 contains an article, Ex-residents return to see village come back to life. The article says […]

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The Lockhart Report 1898 – fascinating glimpse of NT industry – photo of Stewart Lockhart on tour

Hugh Farmer: JH Stewart Lockhart was Colonial Secretary in Hong Kong from 1895-1902. He wrote a report to the Colonial Office in London, reporting on “The New Territory” . This followed “The Convention between Great Britain and China respecting an Extension of the Colony of Hong Kong.” The report was published on the 8th Oct 1898. Paul Onslow has sent this […]

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Stone breaking in Hong Kong – two further images

IDJ has sent two more images of stone breaking, or “cutting” as the second image is titled, in Hong Kong. Related Indhhk articles: Stone breaking in early 20th Century Hong Kong Film of quarry stone breaking by hand 1953 – location The Index contains several articles about quarrying and the transportation of stone in Hong Kong.

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Agriculture in the “New Territory” – 1931 article

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  journals contain articles on a variety of subjects of interest to us including, tea production, oysters, Kowloon waterworks, and a couple of mountains where mines are mentioned. One of the articles […]

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Chinese Manufacturers’ Association Trade Exhibitions

Hugh Farmer: From 1938 to 1974, the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (CMA) organized 31 exhibitions of locally made products, to promote the industrial products manufactured in Hong Kong to local citizens and overseas buyers. IDJ has sent these these photos of CMA Trade Exhibitions. Next Wanchai. Can anyone identify details:- streets, reclamation, harbour front details (what is the long structure […]

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1921 Explosion at Kowloon firecracker factory kills and injures fifty – map added of Smallpox hospital location

Additional information in red. James Chan: I came across this Report of the Secretary for Chinese Affairs for the year 1921.  It would interesting to know where  this converted Kowloon smallpox hospital was. No exact date is given as to when the accident happened. And what the name of the company making the firecrackers was. “An unfortunate accident occurred in […]

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Kawakami Oil Company in WW2 (AKA Socony-Vacuum Oil Company)

Elizabeth Ride sent  this 1944 BAAG Kweilin Weekly Intelligence Summary #77 of December 1944 which reports: “Socony Oil Installation, Laichikok. This is now known as the Kawakami Oil Company Factory (Japanese characters). Three oil tanks are still standing, but are empty. There are over 300 50-gallon drums of petrol and kerosene in camouflaged dugouts in the area” Any further information […]

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