RAF Shatin Airfield – Headquarters, Part One

RAF Shatin Airfield HQ Image 3 Peter Howell

Peter Howell has kindly sent the following introduction and images. If you wish to know more about Peter’s involvement in the Shatin Airfield and life there please see our RAF Shatin Airfield articles linked below. HF: I was a little confused as to whether the name of the building and compound at RAF Shatin Headquarters was Arcullis House or Camp. […]

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Jardines Dyeing and Finishing factory, Fo Tan, army tank transporters used to transport two giant boilers

Kowloon Wharf And Gowdown Company's Premises Date Unknown Source University Of Bristol

IDJ has kindly sent the following brief newspaper article from 1959. This mentions “the new Jardines Dyeing and Finishing factory at Fo Tan about two miles outside Shatin” in Hong Kong. HF: We do not have any information about this factory and I would be very happy to receive information about and/or images of it. Two 23-ton steam boilers now […]

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Vincent and Wesintex: two local apparel brands from the 1960s to 1980s

Vincent And Wesintex Detail B Image 5 York Lo

York Lo: Vincent and Wesintex: two local apparel brands from the 1960s to 1980s Vincent and Wesintex were two popular local apparel brands which were manufactured by Winner Co Ltd and Wu Wei Shing Knitting respectively with similar sounding Chinese names. Both brands have since faded into history. Winner (永南) and Vincent Shirt (永勝恤) Print ad for Vincent shirt in […]

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BAAG Report KWIZ #72 Naval Reports – information about Cosmopolitan, Kowloon, Taikoo and Naval dockyards and Kowloon wharves

BAAG Report KWIZ #72 Detail A1

Elizabeth Ride has sent BAAG Report KWIZ #72, dated 27th October 1944, and noted earlier: After KWIZ #4, the Naval section is not included in the AWM papers, and does not appear again until KWIZ #66, and then in a slightly different format. HF: I am afraid because of time constraints I am no longer able to summarize and list […]

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Binnie & Partners, engineering consultancy, Hong Kong reservoirs and more…

HF:  In 1909 Sir AR Binnie and Son merged with another UK engineering consultancy to become Sir Alexander Binnie, Son and Deacon. Later this company became Binnie &  Partners and from the 1990s it has been part of the multi-national Black and Veatch consultancy. Binnie & Partners had a close connection to Hong Kong from 1930. The company was involved […]

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Razzle Dazzle: International Jeweler, Developer and Hotelier Kevin Hsu (許開文)

Razzle Dazzle Kevin Hsu Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Razzle Dazzle: International Jeweler, Developer and Hotelier Kevin Hsu (許開文) Left: Kevin Hsu (Business Times, 1984-2-16); Center: ad announcing the acquisition of the Cockpit Hotel in Singapore by Kevin Hotels with financing provided by DBS Bank in 1980 (Business Times, 1980-5-19); Right: Kevin Hsu in 2019 with painter Zhang Yuan (张媛)whom he bought a painting from. Kevin Hsu […]

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Beer in Hong Kong – Part Three – The Oriental Brewery 1908-1912

Martyn Cornell has kindly given permission for extracts from his article, A Short History of Beer in Hong Kong, to be posted on our website. The article was published in the Journal of the Brewery History Society, Brewery History, Issue 156, 2012 Martyn has his own blog, Zythophile – Beer now and then, linked below. Despite its title the article is […]

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RAF Shatin Airfield – daily life

Shatin Airfield, Daily Life Image 1 Peter Howell

Peter Howell has kindly sent the following introduction and images: 1900 Air Observation Post Flight, 657 Squadron, arrived in Hong Kong at the end of April 1953. Within a few weeks, the personnel had re-assembled their four Auster Mk 6 and one Auster Mk 7 aircraft and started flying operations from the airstrip near Shatin village. The attached photographs of […]

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