RAF Shatin Airfield – daily life

Shatin Airfield, Daily Life Image 1 Peter Howell

Peter Howell has kindly sent the following introduction and images: 1900 Air Observation Post Flight, 657 Squadron, arrived in Hong Kong at the end of April 1953. Within a few weeks, the personnel had re-assembled their four Auster Mk 6 and one Auster Mk 7 aircraft and started flying operations from the airstrip near Shatin village. The attached photographs of […]

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RAF Shatin Airfield – aerial images

Shatin Airfield Image 1 Approach To Strip Peter Howell

Peter Howell has kindly sent the following introduction to and images of RAF Shatin Airfield: 1900 Air Observation Post Flight, 657 Squadron, arrived in Hong Kong at the end of April 1953. Within a few weeks, the personnel had re-assembled their four Auster Mk 6 and one Auster Mk 7 aircraft and started flying operations from the airstrip near Shatin […]

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Blackhead Point, Signal Hill, TST – FJB Schwarzkopf and Blackhead & Co connection

HF: Blackhead Point (黑頭山, lit. “black head hill”), also known as Tai Pau Mai (大包米), Tsim Sha Tsui Point or Signal Hill ( 訊號山), was a cape before land reclamation in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It remains as a small hill almost hidden away behind Chungking Mansions. The industrial connection? Blackhead Point was named after a German businessman in Hong Kong, Friedrich Johan Bertold Schwarzkopf, (also […]

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Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981

HF: Desalination (or “Desalting” as it appeared to be called at that time)  was a source of water in Hong Kong between 1975 and 1981. A large desalination plant was commissioned at Lok On Pai, near Tuen Mun, in 1975, but was decommissioned  in 1981 because its operation was more expensive than importing water from Dongjiang in China. A Water Supplies […]

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Hong Kong Tramways – Bowrington Canal Depot

Paul Onslow has sent these photographs of the Hong Kong Tramways’ generating station situated by the banks of the Bowrington Canal in Wanchai. They are from the UK National Archives collection of the Hong Kong colonial office 1869-1910. There is no restriction / copyright issue. The first shows a “View of the Power-house looking South taken from the West side […]

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Unidentified Structure on Waterfall Bay Headland – industrial connection?

In May 2015 gw posted an article on gwulo.com, linked below. He thought it would be of interest to our group as what remains of the original structure are metal poles and beams, circular pipes and metal rods or cables. Whatever the function of these were at this location it may well have been industrial and possibly connected to cables […]

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Lantau Island Industry

HF: This article is the result of several people’s research into industrial development, lighthouses, log ponds, manufacturing, mining, reservoirs, salt, shipyards, tea, timber mills, transport, utilities and other related topics on Lantau Island. If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to the list, it would be good to hear from you. I can then […]

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Ho Hung Yee – umbrella maker and repairer for 70 years, Peel Street, Central

HF: The SCMP of 26th July 2015 carried a report about the death of Ho Hung Yee who ran an umbrella stand on at the top end of Peel Street for decades. The article begins…”A fixture of the Central street scene dubbed the “Umbrella Man” for the decades he spent helping Hongkongers stay dry has died at the age of […]

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Magazine Island – The British Dynamite Co / Nobel Explosives Co

HF: Magazine Island (火藥洲; Fo Yeuk Chau), originally known as One Tree Island (一木島) is located off the southwest coast of Hong Kong Island, and off the northwestern tip of Ap Lei Chau. Administratively, it is part of Southern District. The former Magazine Building on Magazine Island is now a Grade Three Historic Building. It was built by the British Dynamite Company, which later […]

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Yan O Wan “Log Pond”, Lantau – 1983 Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung film location

Philip Edward Kenny: These days it’s the location of an MTR station which gets tourists to nearby Disneyland on Lantau Island, but in 1983 it was the location used for a scene in the film Project A, when Sammo Hung leads the gangsters to his cache of hidden guns only to find that Jackie Chan has beaten him to it – […]

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