Kwanti Racecourse – further information and nearby San Wai camp 1930s

IDJ: Kwanti racecourse and the nearby military San Wai camp were used by The Hong Kong Volunteers during their training exercises. The following image shows one of their borrowed aircraft simulating an attack on troops who have their rifles raised to the firing position  at the  bottom of the frame. The text attached comes from the Volunteers Year Book for 1935 […]

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Child Labour in Hong Kong – 1920s

HF: The Hong Kong Memory project is a tremendous source of information about Hong Kong’s industrial history. It states it is a multi-media web site that gives free and open access to digitized materials on Hong Kong’s history, culture and heritage. The materials include text documents, photographs, posters, sound recordings, motion pictures and videos. HKM is Hong Kong’s response to UNESCO’s […]

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London Trade Poster for Hong Kong 1949

HF: Publicizing Hong Kong in London . The source says in 1949.   “A Government which is interested in helping merchants to maximise their turnover.” And the “centre and natural distributing depot of the world’s largest potential market.” The latter is presumably a reference to China (and possibly other Asian countries).  I wonder if this was composed with an understanding […]

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Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd – ships built, wrecked during WW2

HF with thanks to Mike T: The excellent website wrecksite lists 26 ships built at the HK & Whampoa Docks which were subsequently permanently disabled/sunk during World War 2. At the time of their demise these ships were Australian, British, Dutch, German, Japanese, Norwegian or Thai. The ships were lost because of:- “air-raid, foundered, gunfire-shelled, mined, ran aground (wrecked), scuttled […]

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Four HK Shipyards – information needed

HF:  I have posted, backdated to 10th May 2014, four articles with very brief information about: 1) Tai Koo Dockyards 2) Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard 3) Taikoktsui Shipyards 4) Wing On Shing Shipyard Any other information about these companies would be welcomed. And about other ship/dock yards in Hong Kong. Related Indhhk articles: Early HK Shipyards and Graving Docks Bailey’s […]

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World War Two – 1944 BAAG reports – Four HK Shipyards

HF: Elizabeth Ride has sent information about four Shipyards from BAAG reports made during the Japanese occupation. This information is of interest with regard to what was (or wasn’t ) happening in them in 1944. The first Taikoo Docks is well known. The other three much less so. Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard, Wing On Shing Shipyard and Tai Kok Tsui […]

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World War Two – BAAG agent’s drawings from the Japanese occupation, industrial locations

HF: Elizabeth Ride has sent information about the British Army Aid Group’s (BAAG) drawings of Japanese installations which were made by agents to supplement written intelligence reports about Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation in WW2. Some of the drawings and accompanying notes mention locations and companies directly connected with Hong Kong’s  industrial history. Unfortunately the pages are not numbered. […]

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Australian cattle to Hong Kong – 1845 invitation, 1880s delivery?

HF:  “Since colonisation began, Australia has bred animals for export. In the 1820s, horses were sent to India for military and civilian use, while Western Australia started exporting live sheep in 1845. Australia’s first shipment of cattle arrived in Hong Kong in the 1880s. In 1903, sheep were sent to Africa, the Pacific islands and Asia.”  The Age, Australia 8th May […]

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