The Borneo Company Ltd – 1856 Hong Kong branch opened

James Chan: The Borneo Company Ltd had a very interesting history. In 1856 it apparently opened an office in Hong Kong and it would be interesting to know more about the company’s operations here. Rudi Butt’s fascinating Hong Kong’s First blog (linked below) contains this: This summary of the company comes from wikipedia: The Borneo Company Ltd formed in 1856, is […]

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Hong Kong – China Concrete Company Ltd, recent Yau Tong plant field visit photos

HF: I took these photos of the HK- China Concrete Company Yau Tong batching plant on 25th September 2014.  It’s stretching things to say this was a visit as I didn’t actually go inside the plant or speak to anyone there. Still if you haven’t seen one of the locations where HK’s beloved concrete is mixed you might be interested […]

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Hong Kong – China Concrete Company Ltd

HF: The Hong Kong – China Concrete Company Limited was jointly founded in 2005 by Hong Kong Concrete Company Limited and China Concrete Company Limited. The company has two main concrete batching plants in Lei Yue Mun and Yau Tong, which commenced production in 2005 and 2000 respectively. As both plants are located by the sea large quantities of raw material used […]

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Operation “Mateys” – Dock workers extraction from HK during the Japanese occupation WW2

Elizabeth Ride: Here is a transcription of an audio letter from my father, Sir Lindsay Ride, which concerns the Dockyard workers’ extraction from HK during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, World War Two. For further details about this please see the article, WW2 – BAAG, Mateys and Allied attempts to disrupt HK Dockyards, linked below. “Operation “Mateys” was one of the […]

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The Hongkong and China Gas Company – BAAG report/map – Mau Tau Kok – Sept 1944

Elizabeth Ride has sent this BAAG report and map about the Hongkong Gas Works at Mau Tau Kok in September 1944. Related Indhhk articles: The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – early history from 1860s The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – information and images from c1908 The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd / Towngas – 150th […]

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Acid factory, To Kwa Wan, BAAG reports

Elizabeth Ride has sent three BAAG reports that briefly mention an unnamed acid factory in To Kwa Wan in 1942/43. Further information about the actual name of this company would be welcomed. Presumably these reports are all about the same factory? Or more on the acid factory in Cheung Sha Wan as indicated in WIS #14, 16.12.42. New Information WIS #14, […]

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Holga Cameras – interview with TM Lee their creator

HF: This interview with the 84 year old creator of Holga cameras, TM Lee, was conducted by Manami Okazaki in Mr Lee’s office in Hong Kong in February 2014. The interview has been slightly adapted. He talks about Holga’s history, including why the camera never sold in China, and the company’s efforts to stay afloat amid the slow demise of […]

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Amoy Canning locations – Ngau Tau Kok Road, Amoy Gardens, Ngau Chi Wan – clarification needed?

HF: I am somewhat confused about whether the contemporary Amoycan Industrial Centre was part of the area of Amoy Cannings large industrial concern which is now Amoy Gardens. The maps below show the two locations as being close together but did Amoy Canning in its prime actually extend north to include the site of the present Amoycan Industrial Centre before […]

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The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd / Towngas – 150th Anniversary 2012 – superb photographs

HF: These photographs were included in Towngas 1862-2012: Lighting the Past. Brightening the Future produced to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Hongkong and China Gas / Towngas. This is linked below. See: Towngas 1862-2012: Lighting the Past. Brightening the Future. Towngas Press Release 5th June 2012 – 150th Anniversary Related Indhhk articles: The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – early […]

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The origins of Wahee, Smith & Co. (later China Sugar Refinery.)

York Lo has found this extract from the Carl Smith book linked below. One of the  early business enterprises in which Tong Mow-chee and his brother, Tong King-sing, were interested was the first sugar refinery built in Hong Kong. The sugar company grew out of a business parnership between Tong King-sing, William McGregor Smith and a Mr Dahlbeck. When the […]

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