Aw Boon Haw 胡文虎 and Aw Boon Par 胡文豹, the brothers behind Tiger Balm’s huge Asian success

Aw Boon Haw And Aw Boon Par Source Alchetron

HF: The following article about Aw Boon Haw and his brother Aw Boon Par was written by Stephanie Chung Po-yin 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. […]

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First commercial airliner shot down by hostile air action – out of Kai Tak, 1938

Gregory Couch has kindly given permission for his article, The first commercial airliner ever shot down by hostile air action, to be posted on our website: CNAC DC-2 #32, the Kweilin, was machine-gunned and forced down by five Japanese pontoon biplanes on August 24, 1938, shortly after leaving Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport. Hugh Woods was at the controls, and […]

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Chan Cheung (陳章): Trader, Garment Manufacturer and Developer

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York Lo: Chan Cheung (陳章): Trader, Garment Manufacturer and Developer From the 1940s to 1970s, Chan Cheung, who also went by Chan Chingman (陳正文,1911-1989), was a prominent business figure in Hong Kong whose business interests range from his namesake Chingman & Sons, a leading importer of fabrics and furniture to La Falandy, the distributor of French wine of the same […]

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Kau Shat Wan 狗虱灣 , Lantau Island – government explosives depot

The history of explosive storage in Hong Kong is an interesting one. The earliest location appears to have been Magazine Island, originally named One Tree Island, which lies just to the West of Aberdeen Harbour.  From 1887 to 1908 it was leased for an annual rent of $100, by the Nobel Explosives Company, who built a magazine, a road and […]

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BAAG Report KWIZ #73 Naval Reports – information about Holt’s Wharf, Taikoo Docks, Aberdeen Dock, Kowloon Wharves and Kowloon Docks

BAAG Report KWIZ #73 Detail A1

Elizabeth Ride has sent BAAG Report KWIZ #73 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 the most salient […]

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Mixing Concrete and Construction Equipment with Cantonese Opera and Wing Chun: the Wan family of Wai Hing and Modern

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York Lo: Mixing Concrete and Construction Equipment with Cantonese Opera and Wing Chun: the Wan family of Wai Hing and Modern For over six decades, the family of Wan Wai-yin has been supporting the construction industry in HK and beyond by supplying building materials and equipment such as concrete, timber, scaffolding and elevation platforms through various Wai Hing and the […]

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Website internet problems

The website is currently undergoing problems with only intermittent internet access on my computer. This is because on Monday morning our house was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm resulting in greater damage and problems that we had at first realized. These are taking longer to correct than I had thought because around 30 properties in our neighbourhood were similarly […]

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Yuet Tung China Works – last company in HK to produce hand-painted porcelain – vanishing HK trades

Mary Anne Le Bas has sent an SCMP article, Six home-grown Hong Kong trades at risk of dying out, published on 21st June 2015. The third of these is about  the Yuet Tung China Works which has been producing hand-painted porcelain since 1928. The article begins: Tso Chi-hung is the manager of Yuet Tung China Works, the last company in Hong […]

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Peter Leung (梁振邦): Contractor, Developer and Philanthropist

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York Lo: Peter Leung (梁振邦): Contractor, Developer and Philanthropist Left: Peter Leung giving a talk about the HK construction industry at a Rotary Club of Kowloon East luncheon in 1977 (KSEN, 1977-8-31); Right: Picture of the Peter Building in Central at the time of its completion in 1967 (WKYP, 1967-7-17) Peter Building (振邦大廈) at 58-62 Queen’s Road Central is a […]

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