Hong Kong Water Supply – Lower Shing Mun Reservoir

Shing Mun

Tymon Mellor: The development of the Shing Mun Valley for its water resources was first proposed back in 1924, and this led to the development of the Shing Mun reservoir. The 1924 study identified the opportunity to build a smaller reservoir down-stream from the main reservoir, but this was not progressed. It took the post-war water crisis for the Government […]

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Hongkong Land Ltd: The Growth of a Giant

Hongkong Land 1898 1906 The First Buildings

Paul Mark Onslow kindly sent me a manuscript of The Hongkong Land Company’s 90th Anniversary 1889-1979. This contains information about a number of Hong Kong companies. Here I am incorporating the main article about Hongkong Land subtitled The Growth of a Giant written by Nigel Cameron. HF: I have retyped the article to increase legibility and aid searches on the […]

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The Green Island Cement Company and the growth of the cement industry in Hong Kong, 1932

Green Island Cement Company C1900 A

IDJ has sent the following newspaper article which mainly focuses on the Green Island Cement Company in Hong Kong and outlines its production of cement in 1932. HF: I have retyped the article to improve clarity and searches on the website. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped version of the original article. The Green Island Cement Company first started […]

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MTR, Explosive Draw at New Exhibition Station

Explosive Draw Of New Station Image

IDJ has sent this newspaper article about the Exhibition Centre (Chinese: 會展) at an MTR station on the East Rail line. It serves the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and other destinations in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The station was built as part of the Shatin to Central Link project. It topped out on 12 November 2020[3] and began service on 15 May 2022.(1) HF: I […]

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Use of convict labour to construct roads in Hong Kong

Convict Labour Roads

Tymon Mellor: In the early days of the Colony, convicted criminals were subjected to a harsh regime of beatings and manual labour. In particular, convict teams were used to construct the new roads required for the expanding economy. The first Chief Magistrate for the territory, Captain William Caine, an army officer familiar with military discipline, was appointed on the 30 […]

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The Kowloon Canton Railway (British Section) Part 2 – Construction

Tymon Mellor: On the 20th October, 1905 the Governor, Sir Matthew Nathan wrote to the Colonial Office in London confirming that the route to be adopted for the Kowloon Canton Railway (British Section) would follow the eastern alignment via Shatin, rather than the western alignment via Tuen Mun, and which would have eight stations within the Territory. Now all they […]

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Shanghainese Builders in Hong Kong (Part One) – the Pre-War Pioneers (Yaik Sang, Sung Kee Zee and Dao Kee)

York Lo: Shanghainese Builders in Hong Kong (Part One) – the Pre-War Pioneers (Yaik Sang, Sung Kee Zee and Dao Kee) Having contributed to the building of pre-war Shanghai into the leading metropolis in the Far East, Shanghainese builders and construction firms played a critical role in the post war construction boom in Hong Kong as the city emerged as […]

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