Hong Kong Water Supply – Irrigation Reservoirs

Kwu Tung

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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Pearl Oysters at Mirs Bay (Pearl Pool), Tai Po Sea, during the Five Dynasties – details of overland route to Tuen Mun

Pearl Farming In HK Courtesy SCMP

A short 1984, Hong Kong Government Publication about Hong Kong’s Country Parks contains information to add to that which we have in already posted articles about the pearl industry in Hong Kong. I would imagine that there must an academic article on this subject hiding away but I have not been able to find one yet. Naturally, I would be […]

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Pokfulam village, oldest village on Hong Kong Island and home to many workers at Dairy Farm Company

Pokfulam Village Pre War Pinterest

HF: I have occasionally changed the original script of the following passage in order to aid clarity. ”Pokfulam Village, built over 200 years ago, is one of the oldest living villages in Hong Kong. The earliest written record is found in San On Gazetteer (1819 version). It is believed that the village was founded by some Hakka Chinese (the Chan, […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – dairy supplies & facilities

1945 BAAG Report On Dairy Supplies

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it […]

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Pokfulam village – close links to Dairy Farm 1886, SCMP article

HF: Pokfulam village, sometimes though wrongly, described as Hong Kong Island’s last village, had very close links to the nearby Dairy Farm. The SCMP of 28th September 2012 published an article about the 150-year-old village in which it is described as “a heritage treasure trove”. The SCMP, “The village grew and became a hub for what was then a rural […]

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The Smithfield slaughterhouse, Kennedy Town – photos from 1894

HF: These images come from the Colonial Collection, UK National Archives. Many thanks to Paul Onslow for sending them to me. They are of the slaughter houses and sheep and pig depot shown in this 1889 map of part of Kennedy Town. This article was first posted on 2nd February 2015. Related Indhhk articles: The Kennedy Town Slaughterhouses – initial notes

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Salt production, oldest industry in Hong Kong, Tai O

Hugh Farmer: This Enviromental Impact Assessment Report by the Civil Engineering Department in May 2000 provides some detail about salt production in Tai O on Lantau island. IDJ has provided the images showing the salt fields and workers of Tai O which do not come from the report. Jennifer Wong has kindly translated the script attached to the photographs. As the […]

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Homi Villa – built by Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee during the construction of Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers Ltd Brewery

Homi Villa, a distinctive white building, was built by Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee, 律敦治, as a convenient place from which to oversee the construction of the Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers Ltd Brewery at nearby Sham Tseng. It’s located on an attractive promontory at 401 Castle Peak Road overlooking the Ma Wan Channel. It was subsequently purchased by the Hong Kong Government […]

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Dairy Farm Company employees – a compilation

Peter C. Jackson With Twp Stalwarts, Wong Kam Cheuk And Annie Pau

HF: This newly posted article begins what I hope will become an expanding resource of employees of the well known Hong Kong company, Dairy Farm. Dairy Farm was set up in 1886 by Sir Patrick Manson, a Scottish surgeon, and five well known Hong Kong businessmen. They initially aimed to improve the health of Hong Kong people by providing them with non-contaminated cows’ […]

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Unsung Kingmakers – the low-key Song Brothers who conquered the Shanghai Bund and Victoria Harbor and backed the development of several key industries in post-War Hong Kong

York Lo: Unsung Kingmakers – the low-key Song Brothers who conquered the Shanghai Bund and Victoria Harbor and backed the development of several key industries in post-War Hong Kong   V.J. Song (left) and V.K. Song in Hong Kong in the 1950s (Wendy Song)  Before the emergence of Chinese tycoons such as Li Ka-shing and Sir Y.K. Pao in the 1970s, […]

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