The Hume Pipe (Far East) Ltd – Jock Inglis -The Peninsula Hotel and Clark Gable!

The photo of Jock Inglis has been added, thanks to Amelia Allsop and The HK Heritage Project. Thanks to IDJ for this newspaper report. Hugh Farmer: Extracted from Past & Present, the Newsletter of the Hong Kong Heritage Project (2014 No.2)  – John ‘Jock’ Inglis arrived in Hong Kong in 1938 as General Manager for the Hume Pipe Co., an Australian […]

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Sine (信誼) – The Century old Saga of a Pharma Giant

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York Lo: Sine (信誼) – The Century old Saga of a Pharma Giant Ads in the 1930s for Sine’s Sinegal liquid (left), adhesive plaster (center) and Vita-spermin (right)  Sine Laboratory (Laboratories), once regarded as “the largest pharmaceutical firm in the Far East”, is another pharmaceutical giant with roots in Shanghai which had major presence in Hong Kong. The firm traced […]

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New Asiatic Chemical Works (新亞藥廠): Pharmaceutical Star

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York Lo: New Asiatic Chemical Works (新亞藥廠): Pharmaceutical Star  Left: Trademark for New Asiatic Chemical Works Hong Kong (HK Government Report, 1939); Right: Advertisement of New Asiatic Chemical Works’ tuberculosis drug Tibilon in Hong Kong from the 1950s  Founded in Shanghai in 1926 by K.C. Hsu and two others, New Asiatic Chemical Works was one of the largest pharmaceutical and […]

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The Taikoo Sugar Refinery

A 19th Century Company Town in North Point, Hong Kong By Jennifer Field Lang In 1881, Butterfield and Swire (the Far Eastern branch of the British trading firm John Swire and Sons) established the Taikoo  Sugar Refinery in Hong Kong.   John Swire (1793-1847) the son of a Halifax cloth merchant founded the general merchant trading company in 1816 in Liverpool, […]

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George Ernest Marden & John Louis Marden

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HF: The following article has been extracted from the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography. The article about George Ernest Marden and John Louis Marden was written by Robert Nield and first published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography, edited by May Holdsworth and Christopher Munn. The publisher, HK University Press, has kindly granted permission for it to be posted here, but […]

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The Wongs and the Hungs – Pre-War pioneers of HK real estate and philanthropists

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York Lo: The Wongs and the Hungs – Pre-War pioneers of HK real estate and philanthropists  The four founding brothers of the Wong and the Hung families who donated the Four Friends Library at the Shimen Middle School in their hometown in the 1930s. Left to right: Wong Tze-lam, Wong Kin-chi, Hung Mak-yuen, Hung Sean-chau Natives of the Nanhai prefecture […]

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Tramways -1904 proposal for Kowloon trams extending to China

HF: In January 1904 Alfred Dickinson and Company, the consulting engineers for Hong Kong Tramways Ltd wrote to the under-secretary of state at the Colonial Office. The letter states that the company had discussed with Sir Paul Chater the possibility of constructing a tramway system on the Kowloon Peninsula and of extending this as far as Shum Chun in China. […]

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Live Long and Prosper: Longevity Condensed Milk (壽星公煉奶), Black and White Evaporated Milk (黑白淡奶) and Friesland Ice Cream (菲仕蘭雪糕

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York Lo: Live Long and Prosper: Longevity Condensed Milk (壽星公煉奶), Black and White Evaporated Milk (黑白淡奶) and Friesland Ice Cream (菲仕蘭雪糕) Left: Longevity milk from 1980 HK TV commercial (YouTube); Right: Friesland Ice cream factory on Hennessy Road in 1953 (Gwulo)   Since the 1930s and 1940s, Longevity sweetened condensed milk and Black & White evaporated milk have become staples […]

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Crowning Achievement: Crown Motors (皇冠汽車) and 50 years of Toyota in HK

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York Lo: Crowning Achievement: Crown Motors (皇冠汽車) and 50 years of Toyota in HK Article about the opening of Crown Motors in 1966 with picture of one of its Toyotas (KSDN, 1966-12-21) Earlier on the website we covered three auto dealers which primarily focused on British cars that are part of the Inchcape group – Metro, Dodwell and Gilman. The […]

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From Dodwell Motors and Gilman Motors to Metro-Dodwell and MD Motors 

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York Lo: From Dodwell Motors and Gilman Motors to Metro-Dodwell and MD Motors As a result of a series of acquisitions by the Inchcape group in the late 1960s, Metro Cars, the distributor of Austin automobiles covered earlier merged with Dodwell Motors and Gilman Motors to form Metro-Dodwell, the largest auto dealer in Hong Kong in the early 1970s. Below […]

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