Hong Kong Water Supply – Irrigation Reservoirs

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Tymon Mellor: Farming in Hong Kong has always been a challenging vocation; small field sizes, labour intensive, often rugged terrain and unpredictable weather. In good times two crops of rice could be grown a year but with erratic rainfall and the expansion of the reservoir catchwaters system, the agricultural community were under pressure. They wanted infrastructure investment to support farming […]

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Town Gas gasometer, Aberdeen – made and erected in 1981 through the collaboration of HUD and S Cutler & Sons, Telford, UK

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Stephen Davies: An interesting question to which I don’t know the answer, is what the provenance is of the gasometer that still stands (and I believe is in use for stand-by storage) back from the Tin Wan Praya waterfront just outside the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter West entrance (on the north shore). I’m fairly sure it’s been there as long as I […]

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Lime-making at Lau Fan Shan

IDJ has sent the following article: Source: The Building of Hong Kong: Constructing Hong Kong Through The Ages, A Walker & SM Rowlinson, pub. for The HK Construction Association by HKUP, 1990 This article was first posted on 21st February 2015. Related Indhhk articles: The locations of Lime Kilns in Hong Kong – a list Lime-making on Tsing Yi island […]

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Cross Harbour Tunnel proposed, construction engineering expert interviewed in 1947 newspaper article

Hong Kong Tunnel Article Detail HK Telegraph 25 Jan 1947 From IDJ

IDJ has kindly sent an article published in the The Hongkong Telegraph on 25th January 1947 on the subject of constructing a cross harbour tunnel. The first cross harbour tunnel linking Hong Kong Island and Kowloon was actually opened on 3rd August 1972, though there were proposals for a bridge pre-WW2, see articles linked below. HF: The copy IDJ sent […]

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Kau Shat Wan 狗虱灣 , Lantau Island – government explosives depot

The history of explosive storage in Hong Kong is an interesting one. The earliest location appears to have been Magazine Island, originally named One Tree Island, which lies just to the West of Aberdeen Harbour.  From 1887 to 1908 it was leased for an annual rent of $100, by the Nobel Explosives Company, who built a magazine, a road and […]

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Construction of new filtration plant, Stubbs Road, Hong Kong Island, 1949

Construction Of Stubbs Road Filtration Plant Detail B, HK Sunday Herald 31 July 1949 From IDJ

IDJ has kindly sent the following article extracted from the Hong Kong Sunday Herald of 31st July 1949. This adds a new aspect to the history of water supply in Hong Kong on the website which has been to date mainly articles about reservoirs, see below. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article. Modern Filter Beds Under Construction Modern […]

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Lamma Island Industry

Hugh Farmer: This article is the result of several people’s research  into industrial development, manufacturing, agriculture, aviation, fishing, quarrying, utilities, shipping and other related topics on Lamma Island. We also include information about Lamma during World War Two which may be of a more general nature. If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to […]

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Tuen Mun – “From Ancient Port to City of the Future”, 1982 account

IDJ has sent this monograph of the dramatic changes that occurred in Tuen Mun in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It starts rather gloomily, “Castle Peak, in reality a string of scattered settlements along the shoreline of the Bay, a straggle of ramshackle squatter huts pushing up the creek of the Tuen Mun river…” click the pages to enlarge. […]

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Kau Wa Keng Old Village, 九華徑 – glove and shoe factories – closed in the late 1970s

Angela Chan recently posted a comment on our article, Kau Wa Keng Old Village, 九華徑 – recent photographs, which says that there were indeed small factories, namely making gloves and shoes, in the village as suggested in the article. Angela has kindly expanded on her initial comment with the following information and images: We had relatives and friends working at the glove […]

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Ship breaking in Hong Kong – post WW2

HF: IDJ has sent several photos. As interesting as the ships themselves, ready to be dismantled, are the backgrounds showing Kwun Tong and Cheung Sha Wan in May 1963. Ship building and ship breaking were once two major industries in Hong Kong, of world importance and employing large numbers of people.  There are a few small shipyards still left, mainly […]

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