Netherlands Harbour Works Company – dredging HK harbour / reclamation at Kai Tak 1927

IDJ: Possibly the earliest large scale dredging and reclamation contractor in HK was the above company. HF: ‘…the road passes Macao Siac where the Netherlands Harbour Works Co has established its workshops in connection with the Port Works of Macao …” 1929 (1) Problems for the company in Australia during WW2: There is also a contemporary Royal Netherlands Harbour Works based in […]

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Y.D. Yao (姚玉棣) and Allied Advertising Agency (中雍廣告公司)

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York Lo: Y.D. Yao (姚玉棣) and Allied Advertising Agency (中雍廣告公司) Y.D. Yao (left) with the head of East Asiatic and his wife at the HK Hilton in 1971 when Allied became the ad agent for East Asiatic handling its brands such as Carlsberg beer (KSEN, 1971-12-25)  Earlier in the group, we have covered APB and Far East Advertising (see article […]

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Hong Kong Industry during World War Two

HF: This is an article where we can gradually add information about what happened to HK’s industry, manufacturing, mining , transport and other related areas such as shops and the retail trade during World War Two. As bits and pieces come in I’ll update the article and re-post it with the current date. Linked articles have been posted on the […]

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Li Po-chun (李寶椿): his family, his buildings and businesses and a century of philanthropy 

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York Lo: Li Po-chun (李寶椿): his family, his buildings and businesses and a century of philanthropy  Earlier on the website, we have covered several branches of the family of Li Sing, the richest man in Hong Kong in 1900 including his grandsons Lee Sai-wah and Li Shiu-chung and his nephew Li Po-kwai (see article on China Dispensary). However, the most […]

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Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981

HF: Desalination (or “Desalting” as it appeared to be called at that time)  was a source of water in Hong Kong between 1975 and 1981. A large desalination plant was commissioned at Lok On Pai, near Tuen Mun, in 1975, but was decommissioned  in 1981 because its operation was more expensive than importing water from Dongjiang in China. A Water Supplies […]

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Zung Fu (仁孚) and 65 Years of Mercedes in Hong Kong

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York Lo: Zung Fu (仁孚) and 65 Years of Mercedes in Hong Kong Left: Zung Fu’s Mercedes showroom at Tower Court in Causeway Bay; Right: Zung Fu Industrial Building in Quarry Bay Since introducing Mercedes Benz to the HK market in 1954, its exclusive distributor Zung Fu has been synonymous with the highly popular European luxury car brand. Founded by […]

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The Inventions and Ventures of HK Tech Pioneer Prof. S.C. Loh (樂秀章)

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York Lo: The Inventions and Ventures of HK Tech Pioneer Prof. S.C. Loh (樂秀章) Left: S.C. Loh with a communication device in 1979 (Source: Printing Today); Right: S.C. Loh in the 1960s (CUHK Bulletin, 1967)   Professor Shiu-Chang Loh (hereafter referred to as “S.C. Loh”) was an interesting figure in the history of Hong Kong’s information technology sector as he was […]

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A Century of Riding the Waves: the Hsu Family of Eddie Steamship

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York Lo: A Century of Riding the Waves: the Hsu Family of Eddie Steamship Shanghainese shipowners have dominated the HK shipping industry since the 1950s and within this group the Hsu family traced its start in the shipping business to 1922 when family patriarch Charles Eddie Hsu, an ambitious businessman with interests ranging from aerated water to ports development, bought […]

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The Hume Pipe (Far East) Ltd – Jock Inglis -The Peninsula Hotel and Clark Gable!

The photo of Jock Inglis has been added, thanks to Amelia Allsop and The HK Heritage Project. Thanks to IDJ for this newspaper report. Hugh Farmer: Extracted from Past & Present, the Newsletter of the Hong Kong Heritage Project (2014 No.2)  – John ‘Jock’ Inglis arrived in Hong Kong in 1938 as General Manager for the Hume Pipe Co., an Australian […]

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Sine (信誼) – The Century old Saga of a Pharma Giant

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York Lo: Sine (信誼) – The Century old Saga of a Pharma Giant Ads in the 1930s for Sine’s Sinegal liquid (left), adhesive plaster (center) and Vita-spermin (right)  Sine Laboratory (Laboratories), once regarded as “the largest pharmaceutical firm in the Far East”, is another pharmaceutical giant with roots in Shanghai which had major presence in Hong Kong. The firm traced […]

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