Lap Shun – the Fallen Knitwear Giant  

Lap Shun Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Lap Shun – the Fallen Knitwear Giant   Law Shiu-lun (left) of Lap Shun Textiles presented with a congratulatory gift by Tai Tung-ngok, chairman of Yau Yat Chuen Development on his appointment as District Councilor of Sham Shui Po. (Kung Sheung Daily News, 1982-11-18) In the mid-1980s, a wave of major business failures took place in HK and […]

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The Aberdeen Reservoirs

The Dam Wall And Valve House On The Upper Aberdeen Reservoir, Hong Kong Island.

The Aberdeen Reservoirs (香港仔水塘) are a group of two reservoirs, consisting of the Upper Aberdeen Reservoir (香港仔上水塘) and the Lower Aberdeen Reservoir (香港仔下水塘),  above Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island. The Aberdeen Reservoirs were built to augment Pok Fu Lam Reservoir in providing water supply to the west of Hong Kong Island. The Lower Aberdeen Reservoir, with a capacity of 44.2 million imperial gallons […]

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Waste disposal in Hong Kong – 1997 article

Hong Kong Waste 005 Northwest Kowloon Sewage Dispoasl Scheme

Waste Disposal in Hong Kong Text extracted from ‘Engineering in Hong Kong-50 years of Achievements’ published 1997. Many thanks to IDJ for sending this. The EPD first drew up plans for the development of a network of refuse transfer stations and three strategic landfills in the late 1980s. In order to tap private sector expertise in waste management, the department […]

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The Oriental Construction Company – 1905 advert

Oriental Construction Company B Reduced Size Advert HK Telegraph 23.9.1905

HF: Can anyone supply further information about The Oriental Construction Company which the 1905 advert below says were Consulting and Supervising Engineers and Contractors with branches in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Manila. The ad says the company were specialists in railways, mines, water supplies, reinforced concrete and concrete piles. Their 1905 Hong Kong office was in the Alexandra Buildings. This […]

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Industrial accidents in HK – 500 people killed since 1999

Industrial Accident On Barge Victoria Harbour SCMP 4th May 2016

“Only one person has ever been given a jail sentence – and that was suspended – since incarceration was included in the industrial safety law in 1989, even though hundreds of workers have been killed while transforming Hong Kong into a modern city. The confirmation by the Labour Department prompted calls from labour activists for Hong Kong to learn from […]

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The Construction of Western Market (North Block), 1902-1906

Western Market AMO A

HF: The building that is now known as Western Market was originally the old Western Market (North Block), which was identified by Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) as one of the Declared Monuments in 1990. It is the oldest market building surviving in Hong Kong. Further information about the demolished South Block would be of great interest. As would images […]

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Tsan Yung Mansions, Ho Man Tin – garage and head office of the Blue Taxi Company

Tsan Yung Mansions A Detail 2 2017 Photo By Angus Harden

Angus Harden read York Lo’s article, The Four Taxi Kings – Blue, Central, New and Star which includes: “The garage of Blue Taxi was initially located at the corner of Nathan Road and Market Street. In 1964, Tsan Yung built the 12 story, 72 units Tsan Yung Mansion at 70 Waterloo Road in Homantin. He and his family occupied various floors of […]

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Samuel Cutler & Sons – Millwall, London and Telford, UK – maker of the Aberdeen gasometer

Samuel Cutler & Sons, Millwall, London, Advert Sept 1909, Grace's Guide

xxxx The prominent Towngas gasometer on the Aberdeen harbour front was erected in 1981 by Hong Kong United Engineering Ltd. though originally constructed by S Cutler & Sons of Telford, UK, on an unknown date. The Engineer 1968 Jan-Jun: Index has under Cutler & Sons Ltd., Samuel “Gasholder in steel tank ordered by Hong Kong & China Gas Co., C […]

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Hong Kong Electric – pioneer of mechanised tunnelling in 1989

Hong Kong Electric Image Only Modern Tunnels Unlikely To Be Visited By The Public IDJ

IDJ has sent this 1997 article published on behalf of the HK Academy of Engineering Sciences and HK Institution of Engineers. “In 1989 Hong Kong Electric pioneered the introduction of mechanised tunnelling to Hong Kong, accepting the only bid that proposed the use of a tunnel boring machine for the construction of a 5.7 kilometre, 5 metre diameter cable tunnel […]

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