Eastern Extension Telegraph Company – linking HK to the world

HF: The article containing the report, The Causes and Effects of the Present Trade Depression in HK 1935 mentions The Eastern Extension Telegraph Company Ltd and its manager, a Mr Carter. Curious about the history of submarine communication cables linking Hong Kong and the rest of the world I discovered  an absorbing website run by Bill Burns. This goes under […]

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Pelekanos’ workshop – preserving the past on a Greek Island. Hong Kong?

Aliki Tsoukala has very kindly sent me information about Michalis Pelekanos (1926-2010). Mr Palekanos worked at the Kornilaki’s tannery, Ermoupolis, Syros Island, Greece for 66 years. After his retirement as a tanner he continued working as a carpenter until the end of his life. Aliki and a team of volunteers are to be congratulated for putting together a Reconstruction of […]

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Report – The Causes and Effects of the Present Trade Depression in HK 1935

Tymon Mellor and Hugh Farmer: The Causes and Effects of the Present Trade Depression in HK, was the result of a  Commission ” to enquire into the causes and effects of the present trade depression in Hong Kong and make recommendations for the amelioration of the existing position and for the improvement of the trade of the Colony”. It is dated […]

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Rope Making in Hong Kong – Sai Ying Pun 1970s + Kowloon 1945

Hugh Farmer: IDJ has sent the following image and extract. I added the map. New information in red. Here’s the location of Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun.   IDJ has also sent this ” interesting clear and detailed view of rope making in a Kowloon street in August 1945.” https://www.flickr.com/photos/23057174@N02/7742172682/sizes/l/in/set-72157630976475156/ Related Indhhk articles The Hongkong Rope Manufacturing Co Ltd. […]

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The Hong Kong Fishing Industry during World War Two – on the trail of Amakusa Marine

David Bellis, Mike T, Hugh Farmer and Elizabeth Ride: New information in red. In 19 Queries & Answers: Amakusa Marine Products Industrial Company, 1942, HF wrote,  “By December 1942 around 18,000 Hong Kong Chinese fishermen were reported to be receiving instructions from the Amakusa Marine Products Industrial Company.” (Snow) I said I could find nothing out about this company which […]

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Jan Hendrik Marsman – Escape from HK during WW2

Hugh Farmer and “Tide Swell”: New information in red. These are introductory notes about Jan Hendrik Marsman, b1892 Netherlands, d1956 [exact dates needed], known as Hank to his friends. He started his working life as an engineer.  He developed extensive business interests in the Philippines. As elaborated on below he became involved through  his company Marsman Hong Kong  China Ltd, in […]

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The Port of Hong Kong – Marine Dept 1966 – ship building, ship breaking

Mike T and Hugh Farmer: The Port of Hong Kong was published by the Marine Department in 1966. The report covers a great deal to do with the administration of the port at this time. Of particular interest:- The section on Ship Breaking contains a list of firms engaged in this industry in the mid-1960s. Dockyards, Drydocks, Shipbuilding and Repair […]

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Socony-Vacuum Oil Company in HK from 1896

HF and Elizabeth Ride (ER) New information in red. The article 1941 Report – Future Control and Development of the Port Of Hong Kong mentions the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company. The first Hong Kong mention I can find is about the Vacuum Oil Company  from The Hongkong Government Gazette of 23rd May 1896. Then this from the Hongkong Government Gazette of […]

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HK Heritage Project Newsletter, 2014/2, CLP and Hume Pipe Company

Amelia Allsop Collections and Research Manager at The Hong Kong Heritage Project has kindly sent me its latest quarterly Newsletter Past & Present (2014/No.2). Of particular interest is Remembering CLP (China Light and Power) in which retired staff, their friends and relatives remember the company from the early days at Hok Un Power Station to CLP’s first computer in 1968. […]

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The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd – Flight magazine 1952

IDJ: This article comes from Flight magazine 8th Feb 1952 Hugh Farmer: The article states that HAEC was formed by the “pooling of British shipping and air interests”. The HAECO group website says that the company was established in 1950 following a merger between Swire’s Pacific Air Maintenance Services (established in 1947) and Jardine Air Maintenance Company. I wonder what […]

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