Green Island Cement Company – stunning photos

Thanks to IDJ  for the excellent images and information. Hugh Farmer writes:- I had always imagined  that the Green Island Cement Company was named after HK’s Green Island (Tsing Chau) opposite Kennedy Town. But no, the company initially started operations on the similarly named island, Ilha Verde, near Macau. The date of its establishment there  is given by various sources […]

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The Hongkong Telephone Company, 1925 to 1933, Far Eastern Review article

Hongkong Telephone Company New Version Kowloon Exchange Building Peter Crush

Peter Crush has kindly sent the following article about the Hongkong Telephone Company which was first published in the Far Eastern Review of September 1933. Many thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article shown below. And thanks to Peter for improving the clarity of the first two images below. Please note the  images do not appear in the same […]

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HK Aerial Rapid Transit Ltd – proposed monorail Kowloon 1974

IDJ: This image was accompanied by the following text: “The Rohr “Romag” suspended monorail system was proposed for a line in Kowloon in 1974. This montage indicates how Kwun Tong Road adjacent to what is now Kowloon Bay MTR station might have looked although three-car trains of the magnetic-attraction system were proposed. (HK Aerial Rapid Transit Ltd)” See: Rohr Inc […]

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Booth Edible Oil Corporation (寶富油廠) – maker of peanut oil, peanut butter, medicated oil and refrigerators in the 1950s and 1960s

Booth Edible Oil Corporation Detail Image 2 York Lo

York Lo: Booth Edible Oil Corporation (寶富油廠) – maker of peanut oil, peanut butter, medicated oil and refrigerators in the 1950s and 1960s Chan Yu-kee and workers of the Booth Edible Oil Corp at the “Workers’ Paradise” program hosted by Radio Hong Kong (now RTHK) in 1959 (WKYP, 1959-11-4)  Booth Edible Oil Corporation was one of the leading manufacturers of […]

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The Peak Tram – How it works

Peak Tram The Heart Of The Matter How It Works D Detail Main Engine Overhaul Overhaul Team Appear To Be Taikoo Dock Technicians IDJ

“With its outstanding record of safety and continuity, the Peak Tramways Company has always been conscious of the requirement to keep the Tramway’s operational heart in top shape. Surprisingly, since the beginning, the haulage plant has seen only one complete change – in 1926 when the original boilers ans steam engine were replaced with an electrically-powered system.” Many thanks to […]

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Tai Hing Enterprise (大興企業) – Property Developer from the 1950s and 1960s

Tai Hing Enterprise Detail Image 4 York Lo

York Lo: Tai Hing Enterprise (大興企業) – Property Developer from the 1950s and 1960s Left: picture and article about Tai Hing’s new project in Hunghom in 1957(KSDN, 1957-6-21); Right: Tai Hing ad in 1965 for Tai Hing Building and Wing Hing Building (WKYP, 1965-2-20)  Tai Hing Enterprise Co Ltd was one of the most active real estate developers in the […]

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Mayar Silk Mills (HK) Ltd, Tsuen Wan – company compound derelict for many years

James Chan: Hughie D, Veteran Member of has posted a piece about this company on its website. This was posted in July 2015. Hughie says: “This place is a bit of a strange one. This old silk mill is in the middle of Tsuen Wan…and must represent very valuable real estate. I remember passing this place a number of […]

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Standard Oil in Hong Kong – information 1894 to c1908

HF:  The 1962 Hong Kong Annual Report states: The Standard Oil Company of New York, now known as the Mobil Petroleum Company Incorporated, started operations in Hong Kong in 1894 and built their present oil berth and tank farm at Lai Chi Kok in 1904. This article is from Wright 20th Century Impressions THE STANDARD OIL COMPANY OF NEW YORK. […]

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Yau Wing Shipyard, Yau Tong

HF: In my article, Universal Dockyard Ltd,  Yau Tong I suggested that a fenced area to the immediate East of Universal was Yau Wing Shipyard whose main building had been demolished but which ran along Ko Fai Road. A map also indicated that there were slipways running from this building north into the sea. I have revisited the area and […]

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Chy Loong Ginger Factory (濟隆糖薑廠)

Chy Loong Ginger Factory Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Chy Loong Ginger Factory (濟隆糖薑廠) Chy Loong Ginger Factory in 1949 (Michael Rogge, 1949)  Earlier on the website there were a few articles about the once prosperous preserved ginger industry in HK and profiles of a few of the players based excerpted from Twentieth Century Impression of Hong Kong published in 1908. The firm which started the industry […]

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