The Kowloon Canton Railway (British Section) 1910-1940 – major accidents/incidents

Tymon Mellor: This article has been extracted from The Kowloon Canton Railway (British Section) Part 4 – The Early Years (1910 to 1940). Major Railway Incidents Each year there were a number of incidents on the railway. Typically there would be a few derailments resulting in some damage, but no major injuries. There were also regular fatalities, normally three or four […]

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Eastern Associated Investment (東聯置業)

Eastern Associated Investment Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Eastern Associated Investment (東聯置業) Advertorial of Tung Hing Building developed by Eastern Associated Investment in 1957 (WKYP, 1957-12-3)  Earlier on the website, we covered Tung Kin Land, which was formed by several directors of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in the 1950s to engage in property development. As it turned out, two of these directors, Cheung Chan-hon […]

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Log Sawing by hand in Hong Kong

IDJ remembers seeing log sawing by hand particularly in shipyards building wooden junks and sampans but also on construction sites. Many had two or four men pushing and pulling from above and below. They could tear through a log surprisingly accurately and quickly. The frame’s sidebars were used to guide the saw blade in a straight line and achieve the right […]

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Tom Construction Co. (順興隆建築)

Tom Construction Co. Image 2 York Lo

York Lo: Tom Construction Co. (順興隆建築) Left: Tom Construction founder K.S. Tom; Right: Ad for Tom Construction in 1950, both pictures highlighted residential projects (HKBCA yearbook)  Tom Construction Co was one of the leading building contractors in Hong Kong in the 1950s founded by Tom Man-loong (譚文龍), better known as K.S. Tom.   A native of Sunwui prefecture in Guangdong, K.S. […]

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Sir Robert Hormus Kotewall, founder of R.H.Kotewall & Co. and connected to many other Hong Kong companies

Kotewall, R.H. Detail Image From Biography In Online The China Story

HF: The following article about Robert Kotewall was written by John M. Carroll and first published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography, edited by May Holdsworth and Christopher Munn. The publisher, HK University Press, has kindly granted permission for it to be posted here, but retains copyright over this material from 2012. I am including this biography on our […]

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A S Watson & Company Ltd aka The Hong Kong Dispensary – a Timeline 1841 to 1945

A S Watson Chemist Detail Advert China Mail 1.8.1878

HF:Watson’s is possibly the oldest retailer still in existence in Hong Kong and unquestionably among a tiny few that have opererated continuously since the early days of the colony… By 1941 Watson’s was already the largest chemist, retailer of health and beauty products, dealer in wines and spirits, and manufacturer of aerated water in Asia. .. Today it is part […]

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Thomas De La Rue and Co, UK – Hong Kong banknote manufacturer, 1984-1996

De La Rue plc is a banknote manufacturer, security printing, and papermaking company with headquarters in Basingstoke Hampshire, England. It currently also has a factory on the Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, and other facilities at Loughton, Essex and Bathford, Somerset all also in England. From 1984 to 1996 Thomas De La Rue plc operated a HK banknote printing plant in […]

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Lamma Island Industry

Hugh Farmer: This article is the result of several people’s research  into industrial development, manufacturing, agriculture, aviation, fishing, quarrying, utilities, shipping and other related topics on Lamma Island. We also include information about Lamma during World War Two which may be of a more general nature. If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to […]

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