American Marine boatyard – aftermath of Typhoon Wanda 1962

Thomas Sposato has sent a link to a website which shows photos of American Marine boatyard shortly after Typhoon Wanda made landfall in Hong Kong on 1st September 1962. Wanda was the most intense tropical cyclone on record in hong Kong and caused 434 deaths and left 72,000 people homeless.  Over 2,000 boats were either wrecked or damaged in the colony. All Photographs courtesy […]

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Taikoo Dockyard during the Occupation 1942-1945 – new information and photo

New Information in  red Extracts from reports in the BAAG Intelligence Summaries sent by Elizabeth Ride. Layout. Map reference 253545 . Map “GSGS 3868, 1/20,000 HK&New Territories” BAAG Agents´ drawings. [Can a Chinese speaker add more information about these drawings?] Craig Mitchell had this one translated and has kindly sent a copy. He writes “My friends have been up to the […]

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From No 1 on the Bund in Shanghai to a Kaolin Mine in Cha Kwo Ling, Hong Kong – the Century Old China Coast Saga of the McBains

York Lo: From No 1 on the Bund in Shanghai to Kaolin Mine in Cha Kwo Ling – the Century Old China Coast Saga of the McBains Left: The former Kaolin mine in Cha Kwo Ling; Right: The former McBain Building at No 1 on the Bund in Shanghai (now known as Asia Building) From 1903 to 1983, kaolin clay was […]

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The Hong Kong sugarcane industry, 1934

Sugar Industry D 1934

IDJ has sent the following article, published in 1934, which though he doesn’t mention its source I think may come from an edition of the Hong Kong Naturalist. HF: I have retyped the original newspaper article to aid clarity and searches. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped copy of the article and to Yannis Baritakis for enlarging the image […]

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Brief Recollections of the HKTDC in its early days

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC; Chinese: 香港貿易發展局) is a statutory body established in October 1966 as the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based manufacturers, traders and service providers. The organisation currently has more than 40 offices around the world, including 11 on the Chinese mainland.   Neil Morris joined the HKTDC in October 1968 after two years as an admin officer in the Secretariat Finance […]

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Lamma Island Power Station – reasons for choice of location

Andrew Cattrell: Why was Lamma Island chosen for the location of HK Electric’s last-built power station? During the 1970’s Hong Kong went through a boom of rapid growth and it quickly became apparent that more power would be needed in order to sustain the extra demand and development of the City. The Ap Lei Chau power station would need to […]

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Harry Long – employment with Kung Lee Steamship Co and HK and Yaumatei Ferry Co

HF: Harry Kin Hong Long divided his life between New Zealand and Hong Kong. In the latter he worked for two companies, Kung Lee Steam Ship Co. and HK and Yaumati Ferry Co. Harry’ s daughter, Judy Chan, has kindly sent a considerable amount of biographical detail about him. In this article I have extracted that which relates directly to […]

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