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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Export of ‘kuan-hsiang’ 莞香 incense from Hong Kong Ts’un, Aberdeen Harbour – Ming Dynasty

HF: Fung Chi Ming has sent chapter 5 of Hong Kong and its External Communication before 1842: The History of Kong Kong prior to British arrival.  This contains a short section on The Relation between ‘Hong Kong’ and the Kuan-Hsiang’.  And this partly concerns the former village of Hong Kong T’s’un (香港村) in what is now Aberdeen harbour and which was the sole […]

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Taikoktsui Shipyards

HF: Initial information about this Hong Kong company. The following extract is from a 1944 BAAG WW2 report courtesy of Elizabeth Ride. This article was first posted on 10th May 2014 Related Indhhk articles: Early HK Shipyards and Graving Docks Bailey’s Shipyard – 1908 Account Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard Tai Koo Dockyard Wing On Shing Shipyard

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Kaolin Mine photo – near Laguna City, on Tsing Yi or Chek Lap Kok islands?

IDJ  and Hugh Farmer. IDJ has sent this early 1950s image of a Kaolin Mine in the New Territories from Hong Kong in Picture and Story by John and Veronica Stericker published in HK in 1953. As IDJ says ‘ the book doesn’t say where it is located except it is “remote and difficult to access”. I have another 1950s book which […]

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Tai Ping Carpets International Ltd, 1956 to the early 1970s

HF: Tai Ping Carpets was founded in 1956 by a group of seven friends. Each of the seed investors contributed HKD10,000 to build  a factory to employ mainland refugees. I have found no information about where this factory was. No doubt the Anthony Lawrence book about the company mentioned at the end of this article would provide great detail regarding […]

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CLP- Lawrence Kadoorie speech 1977 – HK + Hok Un Power Station during WW2

Hugh Farmer: The Hong Kong Heritage Project is a repository for the Kadoorie family’s history and archives. Part of this collection concerns the China Light & Power Company Syndicate founded in 1901, which became CLP and finally in 1998 CLP Holdings Ltd. This includes a speech Lawrence Kadoorie made in 1977  to the Hong Kong Management Association, regarding alternative energy sources. […]

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