GuGuSoy factory and restaurant, Ho Sheung Heung village, Sheung Shui

HF: The GuGuSoy factory and restaurant is located in Ho Sheung Heung village, just west of Long Valley which itself is west of Sheung Shui. It opened in 2005. By sheer concidence I was walking in that area on the 9th September 2014, when I came across both the restaurant and an SCMP article about it published on that day. […]

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Four Hills Elementary School, Cha Kwo Ling – Four Kowloon quarries?

Thomas Ngan and HF: Neither of us are certain of the factual accuracy of all the following. HF in particular as almost everything about the school and to a lesser extent about the four hills/quarries is in Chinese with poor translations. Thomas is working on more accurate translations. We are probably taking on too much in one article as we […]

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Syd’s Last Pirate: ‘Chic’ Eather’s biography – Cathay Pacific, Kai Tak, Jamco and Haeco

Captain Charles ‘Chic’ Eather, born 1920, has had a long life.  A great part of his working life was spent in aviation and much of this was connected to Cathay Pacific, Kai Tak airport and aircraft maintenance companies at the airport post WW2 and up to his retirement in 1975. His biography Syd’s Last Pirate was published as a CD-Rom. […]

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Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981 – mystery of non-demolition of main building

New information in red. Thomas Ngan recently posted these comments in reponse to the article, Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981. a) The main building still exists today. Only the chimneys and the generators have been demolished/removed. The lot has been occupied as a weekend/holiday flea market for quite a few years. Don’t know what might have happened in the past […]

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Kennedy Town 1889 map, rope and silk works?

James Chan: I found this 1889 map while looking through an archaelogical assessement of the MTR West Island line. The map shows Kennedy Town. On it are a silk works betwen Cadogan and Davis Streets. And a rope works along Forbes Street between Davis Street and Smithfield. What does anyone know about either of these two works?

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World War Two – BAAG reports – Taikoo Dockyard -1942-1944

HF: Elizabeth Ride has sent a number of BAAG reports about Taikoo Dockyard during 1943-1944. As she says this material is very raw but I think will be of great use to anyone interested in knowing what was going on there during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. Elizabeth apologises for the the state of some of the documents, which […]

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Green Island Cement Company photographs – Set 3 – Exterior – human scarecrows, brandy and hens…

Jane Taylor: My grandfather, Robert Taylor, appears to have started out in Macau in 1912 and moved to Hong Kong around 18 months later. He served as manager of the Green Island Cement Company, I think from the late 1920s, until his retirement in 1949. Recently discovered family photographs show the manager’s house clearly, and also its pre- and post-war […]

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Dan Waters – HK Construction Industry Award and Lingnan Honorary Fellowship

HF: Double congratulations to Dan Waters (Dr Deric Daniel Waters) who on the 12th September  at the Chartered Institute of Building’s  Annual Dinner in Hong Kong was presented with a Construction Industry Honorary Award. Dan is also going to be made an Honorary Fellow of Lingnan University, HK, at a ceremony on Monday 13th October 2014 Dan was the first […]

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Symposium : Postwar Design and Industry in East Asia

HF: Jennifer Wong, Assistant Curator, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has sent details of  a public symposium and industrial design history workshop to be held this Friday 12th in Kowloon Tong and Saturday 13th in Shenzen. Subject: Import/Export: Postwar Design and Industry in East Asia. You’ll find full details at http://www.westkowloon.hk/en/whats-on/current-forthcoming/event-type/highlights    

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