Pak Wo Cheung (百和祥) and Secure Industries (保美實業)

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York Lo: Pak Wo Cheung (百和祥) and Secure Industries (保美實業) Chan Ho-sang and friends visiting the ROC consulate general in Honolulu during the Hawaiian trip. Left to right: Mr & Mrs. Wong Kam-fun (黃錦芬), consul general Hu Si-fan (胡世勳), Wong Sik-pun (黃錫彬, the Chan family’s business partner in Asia Motor), Chan Ho-sang, their tour guide Tso Hak-on (曹克安,brother of Tso […]

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Dragages Hong Kong – first HK projects, Kai Tak runway extension and Shek Pik reservoir

James Chan: Dragages Hong Kong, is a very familiar company name on signs at major construction projects around  Hong Kong. It’s parent company is Bouygues Construction The company was founded in Vietnam in 1902 as Société Française Industrielle D’Extreme-Orient. It undertook its first project, the dredging and maintenance of a 2,000 kilometre canal system in the Mekong Delta. In 1910 […]

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Hang Hing Construction (恒興建築)

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York Lo: Hang Hing Construction (恒興建築) Left: Ad for Hang Hing’s Rose Mansion in 1957 (WKYP, 1957-10-7); Right: Hang Hing founder Ko Koon-yui and other leaders of the Shun Tak District Ming Yuen Tong such as Lau Kwok-kwong (劉國光, third from left), Lee Kwan-min (李君勉), Sun Hon-kuen (辛漢權, second from left), Leung Hing-wai (梁慶維), Lee Ting-fan (李定藩), Lau Ting-sun(劉鼎新) and […]

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Sing Fat Construction (成發建築)

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York Lo: Sing Fat Construction (成發建築) Two Sing Fat projects in 1954-55 – left: two residential buildings in North Point and right: Tak Ming Middle School on Argyle Street in Kowloon (HKBCA Yearbook, 1954) Incorporated in 1960 but founded earlier, Sing Fat Construction has been a notable player in the HK construction industry for over seven decades and has evolved […]

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The Kowloon Canton Railway (British Section), Far Eastern Review article, 1909

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Peter Crush has kindly sent the following article. Peter has also improved the clarity of the images used in the original article. KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY (BRITISH SECTION)    The Kowloon-Canton Railway project that has for its purpose the safeguarding of the interests of Hongkong as a distributing center for South China by establishing a railway connection with the trunk line that, when completed, […]

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Tai Hing Enterprise (大興企業) – Property Developer from the 1950s and 1960s

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York Lo: Tai Hing Enterprise (大興企業) – Property Developer from the 1950s and 1960s Left: picture and article about Tai Hing’s new project in Hunghom in 1957(KSDN, 1957-6-21); Right: Tai Hing ad in 1965 for Tai Hing Building and Wing Hing Building (WKYP, 1965-2-20)  Tai Hing Enterprise Co Ltd was one of the most active real estate developers in the […]

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Hong Kong Water Supply – Irrigation Reservoirs

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Tymon Mellor: Farming in Hong Kong has always been a challenging vocation; small field sizes, labour intensive, often rugged terrain and unpredictable weather. In good times two crops of rice could be grown a year but with erratic rainfall and the expansion of the reservoir catchwaters system, the agricultural community were under pressure. They wanted infrastructure investment to support farming […]

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Lee Chow Kee (李就記): Three Generations of Builders and Philanthropists

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York Lo: Lee Chow Kee (李就記): Three Generations of Builders and Philanthropists The family of building contractor Lee Pak-sheung, the founder of Lee Chow Kee Construction has been involved in the HK construction and real estate industry for three generations and at least seven decades since the 1950s. Although the family is relatively low key, members of the second generation […]

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Sang Lee & Co (生利建築) – leading contractor from the 1900s to 1950s

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York Lo: Sang Lee & Co (生利建築) – leading contractor from the 1900s to 1950s From the 1900s to the 1950s, Sang Lee was one of the leading building contractors in HK responsible for many notable public projects such as the old GPO Building and the Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir which were completed in the 1910s and the massive Wanchai […]

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