Zonta White House, Tai Po – constructed 1906, quarters for managerial staff during KCR construction

HF/Tymon Mellor: “Zonta White House (崇德家福軒) is a western house standing on the summit of a hill overlooking Tai Po Road. It was constructed in 1906 for the accommodation of the managerial staff engaged on the construction of the Kowloon-Canton Railway (九廣鐵路). The house and the adjacent guest bungalow and servants’ quarters sit in six acres of grounds close to […]

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Pokfulam Development Co Ltd (博富臨置業)

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York Lo: Pokfulam Development Co Ltd (博富臨置業) Pictures and bios of three founders of Pokfulam Development as directors of Po Leung Kuk in 1963 – left to right: B.L. Wong, Chan Chiu-sheung, Wong Cheuk-man (華僑日報, 1963-04-03) Earlier on the website we covered several real estate developers founded by merchants who served together as directors of the Tung Wah Group of […]

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Second harbour water pipe line completed, Shing Mun reservoir to Hong Kong island, 1935

Reservoirs, Cachment Areas And Pipelines Of Kowloon District, The Far East Review Oct 1934 Chinarail Gwulo

IDJ has sent the following newspaper report about the construction of a second water pipe running from Shing Mun reservoir to Hong Kong Island, the first being laid in 1929. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article. 2ND HARBOUR PIPE LINE NEARLY COMPLETED ENSURING ADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY FOR THE COLONY DIVERS EXCEED ALL EXPECTATIONS ISLAND LINK WITH SHING MUN […]

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Fast Eddie: the rise and fall of Eddie Wong (王永祥), international tycoon of mystery and original developer of Discovery Bay

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York Lo: Fast Eddie: the rise and fall of Eddie Wong (王永祥), international tycoon of mystery and original developer of Discovery Bay Eddie Wong (center) with John Pain (right), executive director of the HK Tourism Association at a press conference for HK Resort in September 1976. (SCMP) Known as “Fast Eddie”, Edward Wong Wing-cheung was a legendary business figure in […]

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Chinachem – Collection of Early Advertisements

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York Lo: Chinachem – Collection of Early Advertisements Chinachem, one of the major real estate developers in Hong Kong, is perhaps best known for the kidnappings and disappearance of its founder Teddy Wang and the prolonged estate battle between his wife Nina Wang and his father and after her death, between her estate and the former fengshui master Tony Chan. […]

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Kwong Chan Timber Merchants (廣棧木行)

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York Lo: Kwong Chan Timber Merchants (廣棧木行) Left: Kwong Chan founder Wong Shui-leung; Right: Ad for Kwong Chan Timber Merchants in 1967 (Pun U District Association, 1967) Earlier in the group, we have covered several players in the timber business in HK such as Wong Tong Kee, Wing Tai Cheung and Ng Jim Kai. One of the leading players in […]

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Hong Kong lighthouse construction, costs, delivery, dates, light visibility…

IDJ has sent this account of seven Hong Kong lighthouses concentrating on details of their construction, cost, delivery, dates of opening and light visibility. They are: Pratas Shoal (proposal shelved) Waglan Island A site NE of Lamma Island (proposal shelved) Gap Rock Cape D’Aguilar (Hok Tsui) Green Island Cape Collinson Stephen Davies in his article, Lighthouses in HK pre-1941, linked […]

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