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 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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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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World War Two – BAAG reports – Batch 2 – HK industry, factories, mines, CLP…

Elizabeth Ride has sent a further sample of British Army Aid Group reports sent during during the Japanese occupation of HK in WW2. HF: There are many industrial references. Well known companies such as China Light & Power as well as smaller concerns such as those producing oil ,boat diesel engines and acids. Mines reopened by the Japanese. What was […]

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HK Oxygen – HK Oxygen & Carbide – Far East Oxygen & Acetylene Companies WW2

HF: Elizabeth Ride’s (ER) second comment (ER 2) suggests that there  were three similarly named companies in HK during the Japanese occupation in WW2. I am assuming that the BAAG agents’ reports mentioning ‘factory’ is because these buildings were of primary interest rather the companies themselves. If so we have these: a) The Hong Kong Oxygen Company b) The Hong […]

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UDL Argos Engineering & Heavy Industries

HF:  In the article Ship breaking in Hong Kong – Junk Bay 將軍澳 – late 1970s IDJ mentions Argos which was a contract labour supplier to China Light & Power for a long period and ran their own fleet of double-decker buses to get their people to the Castle Peak Power Station site when it was under construction. From the company website: […]

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Brick Glass Cones UK – connection to Kennedy Town glass manufacturer

HF: The Indhhk article  The Hong Kong and Macao Glass Manufacturing Company Ltd in Kennedy Town contains an extract found by moddsey from the Hong Kong Daily Press of 9th Jan 1886. This mentions the Glassworks appearance including: “The western side is bounded by the glasshouse proper, a square building, from the centre of the roof of which is seen […]

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“Worst industrial jobs in UK’s history” – Hong Kong’s own list?

HF: You may not have come across this UK Channel 4 five part series narrated by Tony Robinson. Jobs featured are: bridge-builder, canal tunnel legger, soap boiler, glass blower, knocker up, bone cleaner, presser, saggar maker’s bottom knocker and child mine hurrier… I wonder what  Hong Kong’s  “worst” occupations were (are)…hand- dug caisson excavator, lead mining, textile dyeing, ship-breaking, oyster […]

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