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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“The Past and Future of Industries” in Kwun Tong, Kowloon Bay and Kai Tak – EKEO proposals

HF: The Energising Kowloon East Office (EKEO) “is formulating strategies to sustain the industrial culture in Kowloon East” ie Kwun Tong, Kowloon Bay and the Kai Tak airport site. EKEO says “You are encouraged to take part in this meaningful process… Your participation will make a difference!” Indeed. Many thanks to IDJ for sending “The Spirit of Creation” link and […]

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Mystery buildings at Lo So Shing beach, Lamma Island

HF: At the northern end of Lo So Shing beach on Lamma Island are a few steps leading up into undergrowth and trees. Years ago I noticed almost hidden away there were some dilapidated structures that I thought might have been a small manufacturing concern. I was at the beach recently and had another look. All that is now left […]

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May Ming Building, Nathan Road, Jordan – G/F unoccupied since the 1970s?

HF: I am told the ground floor of this building at 310-312 Nathan Road, Jordan has been empty since the 1970s. Nathan Road, prime real estate…bit of a mystery then. Why unused or not redeveloped for forty odd years? Looking at this recent google image it appears as if the upper floors are occupied. So maybe only the ground floor […]

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Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers -The Opening of the Sham Tseng Brewery

Hugh Farmer writes: This article was originally published in Newsletter 6 on May 4, 2013. I have added photographs of JH Ruttonjee and SH Dodwell, who are mentioned below and who were prominent figures in the Hong Kong business community. On 30th August 1933 Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers Ltd officially opened its brewery in the presence of several hundred prominent […]

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Central Market, second generation, 1895 photographs

Paul Onslow has kindly sent these images of the Central Market taken by an unknown photographer in 1895. The market opened in that year so presumably they were taken immediately after its completion. The Market was demolished in 1937. Construction of the current market began in 1938 and was completed in 1939 opening on 1st May. This closed in 2003 […]

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Kennedy Town – Demolition of Incineration Plant and Abattoir 2007-2009

James Chan: I have just come across this CEDD report. The major scope of works under the project included the demolition of buildings of Kennedy Town Incineration Plant and Abattoir, and reinforced concrete chimneys. Traditional top-down method was adopted to demolish the main buildings of Kennedy Town Incineration Plant and Abattoir, which was a structure consisting of steelwork and reinforced concrete. […]

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The Construction of the Bank Of China Tower – don’t look down!

IDJ:  The Bank of China Tower houses the headquarters of Bank of China Hong Kong. Designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the 70-storey building’s height is 315 meters with two masts reaching 369 meters. Construction began in 1985 and was completed in 1989, with its official opening on 17 May 1990. It was the first building outside of North America to […]

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The Shiu Wing Steel Company in Junk Bay

Shiu Wing Steel Limited was briefly mentioned in Newsletter 8 as the only steel rolling mill currently in Hong Kong  and located at Tap Shek Kok, Tuen Mun. Before relocating to its present position  the company was in Junk Bay, present day Tseung Kwan O, from 1958 to 1991. IDJ provides interesting information about the Shiu Wing Steel Company’s time in Junk Bay. […]

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