Military aircraft in China 1930s – Arnhold & Company and the Blackburn Aircraft Company

Military Aircraft In China, The Far Eastern Review, June 1931 Smaller Image Of Blackburn Lincock Single Seater Foghter Plane

IDJ has unearthed an article first posted in June 1931 in the Far Eastern Review titled Military Aircraft in China. The article mentions the Aviation Department of Arnhold & Co Ltd (“agents for the Blackburn Aircraft Company”). This supplements information we have posted in recent articles on both companies,  linked below. The article begins: Military Aircraft in China. Of the […]

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Teh Hu Steamship (德和輪船公司)

Teh Hu Steamship Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Teh Hu Steamship (德和輪船公司) Left: T.Y. Wu at an international shipping convention in Taipei in 1971 (National Repository of Cultural Heritage, Taiwan); Right: “New Teh Hu” on slip at the Taikoo Dockyard (presumably in the 1960s)  Since 1949, Shanghainese shipowners had dominated the shipping industry in Hong Kong but while most are familiar with Y.K. Pao of Worldwide […]

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BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, mid March to mid April 1943, ship repair, maintenance and movements

Kogyo Maru Image Philippenes Diving Liveaboard

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS 26) dated 7th April 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two between mid March and mid April 1943. These reports also describes time spent by vessels undergoing repairs and maintenance in a […]

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Jebshun Shipping (捷順船務)

Jebshun Shipping Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Jebshun Shipping (捷順船務) Left: Lam Choon-cheong (A Collection of epitaphs of Chinese elites in HK); Middle: advertising calendar of Jebshun from the 1950s (eBay Singapore); Right: Victoria Drummond, the first woman marine engineer in Britain, who worked for Jebshun from 1959 to 1962. In the article about the Kowloon Flour Mills, it was mentioned that Andrew Lam Kam-kwan […]

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The Peak Tram

IDJ/Hugh Farmer: The Peak Tram was opened for public service on 28 May 1888. Initially a static steam engine was used to power the haulage cable. [can anyone tell us who manufactured the original engine  and any other details about the Tram’s  early mechanical operation?] In 1926 an electric motor replaced the original engine. This was manufactured along with other […]

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Kowloon Flour Mills (九龍麵粉廠)

Kowloon Flour Mills Image Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Kowloon Flour Mills (九龍麵粉廠) Aerial view of Kowloon Flour Mills. Kowloon Flour Mills (hereafter refer to as “KFM”) at 161 Hoi Bun Road in Kwun Tong is the only surviving flour mill in Hong Kong and received a lot of attention in 2011 when the then Secretary for Development Carrie Lam cited the mill as an example of […]

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Rennie’s Mill : The Origin and Evolution of a Special Enclave in Hong Kong

Gerald Friesen, Professor of History at the University of Manitoba, Canada, was recently in touch as he is researching the career of Alfred Herbert Rennie in that city. Rennie, now an almost forgotten figure in Hong Kong started and briefly operated the Hongkong Milling Company’s flour mill close to what is now Tseung Kwan O.  We have several articles about both […]

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Can you lend a hand to help the Group…writing a short article, translating, retyping, improving an image…?

Silver Mine Bay Mine 6 HK Telegraph 23.9.1905

Our Group started in November 2012 with the website following in October 2013. We currently have over 1,400 articles posted all of which are shown in the Index. Contributions have come from an estimated 450 people ranging from a single line comment to a full length article. Plus those who help the group in other ways as shown in the […]

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Taiwan Transportation Company – Japanese occupation of HK – further information needed

BAAG Report Detail B WIS #19

Elizabeth kindly sent this BAAG Report WIS # 19 from February 1943, There is a single and brief mention of the Taiwan Transportation Company which was apparently involved in shipping unspecified material from HK to Japan and Formosa. It is likely that this company only existed during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. However any further information about the company […]

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