Oriental Bank Corporation – HK’s first note issuing institution, 1847

HF: With thanks to moddsey for pointing out a couple of sources. The banking industry began in Hong Kong in 1845 with the opening of a branch of the Oriental Banking Corporation, which had its headquarters in India. This Bank was also the first bank in Hong Kong to issue banknotes when in 1847 “it put in circulation $56,000 worth of […]

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The Organic Fertilizer Company Ltd, West Point, Newspaper article 1936

Organic Fertilizer Co. Detail C HK Sunday Herald 23.8.36 IDJ

Many thanks to IDJ for sending in this article. As he says, a company ahead of its time! HF: The article was pretty legible but I thought I would retype it anyway. Any further information about, or image of the company would be very useful. There has recently been started in Hong Kong an industry which should prove of enormous […]

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Howah, Blue Heaven and BG: three key players in the post-war HK lighting industry

Post War Lighting Industry Detail Image 6 York Lo

York Lo: Howah, Blue Heaven and BG: three key players in the post-war HK lighting industry With the housing and hotel/restaurant boom in the 1960s and 1970s, lighting products such as lamps and chandeliers became a huge business in Hong Kong and like the wallpaper industry covered earlier in another article, majority of the products were imported from the US […]

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Chan Chart-man (陳策文) – Developer and King of Pawnshops

Chan Chart Man Detail Image 3 York Lo

York Lo: Chan Chart-man (陳策文) – Developer and King of Pawnshops In March 2013, Oi Wah Pawnshop Credit Holdings became the first operator of pawnshops to go public in HK. Its founder Chan Chart-man had been involved in property development since the 1960s and although a relative newcomer in the centuries-old pawnshop industry, he and his family built the largest […]

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The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – early history from 1860s

Dan Waters’ article, Hong Kong’s Hongs with Long Histories and British Connections, includes the following information about The Hongkong and China Gas Company. The article appeared in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong in 1990. Dan has written several articles directly for our Group. HF: The queries are mine. I have also added the images. “William Glen, who […]

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Richard C.K. Chan (陳卓堅): timber baron, shipping tycoon and stamp collector

Richard C.K. Chan Timber Baron Detail Image 2 York Lo

York Lo: Richard C.K. Chan (陳卓堅): timber baron, shipping tycoon and stamp collector Left: Richard C.K. Chan (standing) delivering a speech to the press as head of the Timber Guild in 1962. To his left were Wong Shui-leung of Kwong Chan Timber, Kan Chi-nam of Wing Tai Cheung and Leung Kam-tong of Hip Shing Timber (WKYP, 1962-12-18); right: cover of […]

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Tuck Chong Sum Kee Bamboo Steamer Company – vanishing HK trades

Mary Anne Le Bas has sent an SCMP article, Six home-grown Hong Kong trades at risk of dying out, published on 21st June 2015. The first of these is the Tuck Chong Sum Kee Bamboo Steamer Company about which we already have an article linked below. The article begins: “Lam Ying-hung runs the Tuck Chong Sum Kee Bamboo Steamer Company. Bamboo […]

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Hongkong Shipyards Among World’s Busiest, newspaper article 1939

Taikoo Dockyard 1950 Source Barrow Submariners Association

HF: Sent in by IDJ and posted here 81 years to the day after first being published in 1939. I am a little unsure of the spelling of one shipping company mentioned, indicated by [?] and would be grateful to be informed of any errors I have made in retyping the original article. Hongkong Shipyards Among World’s Busiest THE TOTAL […]

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Long To Cotton Yarn (浪淘花紗)

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York Lo: Long To Cotton Yarn (浪淘花紗) Left: Long To founder Lam Man-yan; Right: Long To Building in Cheung Sha Wan (Primeoffice)  Long To Cotton Yarn was a major manufacturer of cotton yarn in Hong Kong which derived its name from the word play of the Chinese saying based on Tang Dynasty poetry of “Waves washing the sand” (浪淘沙) and […]

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