Imperial Airways – including first scheduled flight into Hong Kong 1936

IDJ: Imperial Airways (Far East) Ltd Many people in Hong Kong have no concept of how airlines developed in the territory despite air services being their primary means of transport overseas. Airline services arrived late in Hong Kong relative to the rest of the world. Not until 1936, when the UK based Imperial Airways was slowly extending its routes from […]

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Tse Sam’s life in Hong Kong lighthouses and Green Island Cement Company

Tse Sam And His Wife Take 2

HF: Kenneth Wong has sent this brief biography of his grandfather Tse Sam’s life. I am always happy to learn about those who worked in Hong Kong’s industrial history, here lighthouses and Green Island Cement Company. Kenneth Wong: I am happy to have my grandfather TSE Sam’s information added to your website. He first joined the Harbour Master’s Department (as […]

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Walter Dunn & Company – nautical instruments

James Chan: This advert from 1951 is courtesy of Grace’s Guides: British Industrial History. However, the company doesn’t appear to have operated in the UK. So I wonder if it was a Hong Kong based company. If so did it manufacture here? I can find no mention of Walter Dunn & Co. in the HK Public Records Office newspaper search. […]

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The demise of the Seawise University, aka Queen Elizabeth liner, in Hong Kong harbour

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HF: IDJ, long-time contributor to this website, has contributed the following article about the Seawise University ship, originally the Queen Elizabeth liner. As you will read IDJ witnessed at first-hand the demise of the ship. He also took the photographs of the ship. I am very grateful for his contribution in both areas. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped […]

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Sir Shouson Chow – director of many Hong Kong firms and corporations

Shouson Chow Image Wikipedia

This article incorporates one written by John M. Carroll published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography. The publisher, HK University Press has given permission for this to be posted here. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article. Chow Shouson, Sir Shouson Chow 周壽臣, original name Chow Chang Ling 周長齡, JP (1917), Knight (1926), Hon LLD (University of Hong Kong, 1933) […]

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Shanghainese Builders in Hong Kong (Part One) – the Pre-War Pioneers (Yaik Sang, Sung Kee Zee and Dao Kee)

York Lo: Shanghainese Builders in Hong Kong (Part One) – the Pre-War Pioneers (Yaik Sang, Sung Kee Zee and Dao Kee) Having contributed to the building of pre-war Shanghai into the leading metropolis in the Far East, Shanghainese builders and construction firms played a critical role in the post war construction boom in Hong Kong as the city emerged as […]

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Taikoo Dockyard 1950s workshops, plant, utilities and facilities – Part One

IDJ has sent extracts from an in-house Taikoo Dockyard book of the 1950s which cover a wide range of company facilities including a brief description of each and illustrative photographs. The Dock was at the height of its importance during this period, employed around 4,500 people, and offered a range of services which extended considerably beyond shipbuilding and ship maintenance. […]

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S. H. Dodwell, Managing Director of Dodwell and Company Ltd

Dodwell S.H. Image From Wikipedia

IDJ has sent the following newspaper article about S.H. Dodwell who was a prominent businessman in Hong Kong before World War Two. As you will see he was chairman of several Hong Kong companies, including Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Dairy Farm, the Ice and Cold Storage Company and Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers, Managing Director of Dodwell and […]

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Cost Plus Bazaar (美廉市場) and Mark V (美發)

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York Lo: Cost Plus Bazaar (美廉市場) and Mark V (美發) Left: Chinese advertisement for Cost Plus Bazaar at the Ocean Terminal in 1964 featuring some of the Japanese furniture. The store opened daily from 10 to 10 (WKYP, 1964-7-19) American retailers, big and small, have been the key driving force of industrial development in HK and China for the past […]

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BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, mid September 1942, ship repair, maintenance and movements

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS No.6) dated 14th September 1942. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during late August and September 1942 and scheduled sailing dates for October 1942. These reports also describes time spent by […]

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