The Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers Ltd new plant, 1933

Jehangir Ruttonjee B 1908

IDJ has sent the following newspaper article… The article contains a couple of grammatical mistakes and slight oddness of word choice which I have included in the retyped version below. HF: I have retyped the original newspaper article to improve clarity and to aid searches. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article. The drive to Castle Peak has always […]

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Hong Kong Water Supply – Kowloon Peninsula

Yau Ma Tei Pumping Station

Tymon Mellor: The acquisition of Kowloon was primarily undertaken as a military exercise, but with it came the responsibility to provide fresh water for the existing population and the new large military contingent. The solution was to establish a number of wells and an associated rudimentary water distribution system, elements of which can still be seen today. The first official […]

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Harbour Tug Empire Sam – Hong Kong service 1946-1967

Hong Kong Police Launch Co.2B Source Model Boats From Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies’  article, Admiralty Floating Dock No.18 – in HK 1945 to 1955, mentions the Harbour Tug Empire Sam. Here Stephen provides further information about the ship. [HF: Curiously I am unable to find a photo of the Empire Sam.] Stephen posted a comment attached to this article on 18th July 2022 “which shows a lovely model of PL 2[see below], so […]

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On the slow boat – Sai Wan Ho, Kwun Tong, Sam Ka Tsuen ferries – part three…

Hugh Farmer:  On the 25th September 2014 I took the ferry from Sai Wan Ho to Kwun Tong, walked from there passing through the industrial area  of Yau Tong and caught the ferry back to Sai Wan Ho from Sam Ka Tsuen ferry pier. I took pictures of the piers, ferries, crew and passengers…of the slow boats… a tribute to […]

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The Green Island Cement Company and the growth of the cement industry in Hong Kong, 1932

Green Island Cement Company C1900 A

IDJ has sent the following newspaper article which mainly focuses on the Green Island Cement Company in Hong Kong and outlines its production of cement in 1932. HF: I have retyped the article to improve clarity and searches on the website. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped version of the original article. The Green Island Cement Company first started […]

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The Silver-Haired Midas: Kan Koam-Tsing, the Banker and Gold Dealer who backed South Sea Textile and Camelpaint

Kan Koam Tsing 1952 Photo

York Lo: The Silver-Haired Midas: Kan Koam-Tsing, the Banker and Gold Dealer who backed South Sea Textile and Camelpaint Bankers played a critical role in the post-war industrial development of Hong Kong and one particular financier – Kan Koam-tsing (簡鑑清) stood out. Owner of a Chinese bank bearing his name and a major player in the lucrative gold trade, Kan […]

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The Kowloon Canton Railway (British Section) Part 1 – The Beginning, Three Possible Routes…

Tymon Mellor: At the end of the nineteenth century, the great world powers were all trying to expand their spheres of influence within China. The approach of the British was to use Hong Kong as a marine trading hub, enhanced with the provision of a railway network thus extending the Colony’s commercial reach into the Chinese hinterland and connecting with […]

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