Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market – built 1913

HF: If you visit Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market during the day you may well think it’s closed, ready to be fenced off and facing imminent demolition. However, piled boxes of fruit on the surrounding streets and inside locked wire cages within indicate there’s life in the old place yet. If you want to see the market fully functioning […]

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Amoycan Industrial Centre – Kowloon Bay – connection to Amoy Canning? – major fire June 2016

James Chan: I came across this industrial building when out for an urban walk. The Amoycan Industrial Centre, Block no.1 at  7 Ngau Tau Kok Road, Kowloon Bay. The “Amoycan” part of the sign is very similar to the script used by Amoy Canning. I wonder if this building had a direct connection to the latter company? I took the […]

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Ma On Shan Iron Mine – recent damage caused to explosives storeroom

HF: The SCMP of 18th April 2016 contained an article about damage caused to the explosives storeroom at the Ma On Shan mine complex by workers from the Lands Department who mistakenly thought it was to be demolished. The article begins: The government last week almost flattened a house in a remote village proposed for grading as a historic building, in […]

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Eastern Cotton Mills

Added information in red On 10th December 2012 the SCMP reported on the almost complete demolition of the Eastern Cotton Mills situated in Mok Cheong Street, Ma Tau Wai, Kowloon. The article reports on the comments of a representative of the Conservancy Association and the, now lost, possibility of “development-cum-conservation” at the site. York Lo: The Mill was set up […]

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Shek Pik Reservoir – Tai Long Wan resettlement village for some displaced residents

HF: “Tai Long Wan Village – a pleasant community built in 1959. When the government was finalizing its plans for Shek Pik Reservoir, it built Tai Long Wan Village to re-settle many people whose homes were to be flooded by the reservoir – the villagers from Shek Pik Wai, Fan Pui, Kong Pui, Sha Tsui, Chung Hau and Hang Tsai. […]

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Lamma Island Power Station – reasons for choice of location

Andrew Cattrell: Why was Lamma Island chosen for the location of HK Electric’s last-built power station? During the 1970’s Hong Kong went through a boom of rapid growth and it quickly became apparent that more power would be needed in order to sustain the extra demand and development of the City. The Ap Lei Chau power station would need to […]

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Orient Tobacco Manufactory – HK factory location, map and plan of works layout

Edward Schneider: The Orient Tobacco Manufactory works was on a site in Kowloon bordered by Nathan Road, Dundas Street, Soy Street and Kwong Wa Street.  It had a total surface area of 307,095 sq.ft. (approximately 3 hectares) and was registered as Lot numbers 1421 and 2629. It was acquired as a grant on 1 January 1908 for $86,124.40. The buildings cost $278,485.45. […]

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China Oxygen & Acetylene Company

Ian Wolfe: This 1949 photo shows, in the orange triangle, the newly built China Oxygen and Acetylene Co., Ltd compound. The company was a subsidiary of the British Oxygen Company Ltd. [The yellow oblong shows an aerial ropeway within the Green Island Cement complex.] “Pursuing their policy of post-war expansion, the British Oxygen Company Ltd. some time ago formed a subsidiary […]

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Unidentified Rubber Factory, Japanese occupation 1944, WW2

Elizabeth Ride These two BAAG agent’s drawings of a Hongkong Rubber Factory were probably published in a Kweillin Weekly Intelligence Summary (KWIZ). I cannot currently access the report which may well have accompanied them saying what the Japanese were using the factory for. The drawings are dated 22 June (or Jan?) 1944. HF: Immediately pre-WW2 there were several rubber companies in Hong Kong, seven […]

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Photographs of the site once occupied by Yau Wing Shipyard, Yau Tong

Ian Wolfe left a comment below our piece, Yau Wing Shipyard, Yau Tong, which deserves its own article. Ian says in this comment: I have taken photos of the sheds and factory buildings once occupied by Yau Wing, shortly before demolition of these shipbuilding structures had commenced. He has given permission for our website to post the following links and extracted photos. Ian has […]

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