Fook Hing Oil Company and Chan Lim Pak, Japanese collaborator

York Lo: For more details about Fook Hing Oil, please refer to Stanley Kwan’s “The Dragon and the Crown: Hong Kong Memoirs”. Stanley – better known as the father of the Hang Seng Index – was actually related to Chan Lim Pak by marriage – his father in law Chan Yue-chik was Chan Limpak’s 9th uncle. (Yuechik’s father and Limpak’s grandfather […]

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First HK-designed Electric Bus – SCMP article

James Chan: The SCMP of 26th October 2015 contained an article which began: Hong Kong’s first locally designed electric bus will roll out onto the city’s roads next month in a test run its creators hope will boost the local electric vehicle industry. The 12.5-tonne single deck electric bus, designed by the Hong Kong Productivity Council and Hong Kong Automotive Parts […]

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William Lysaught & Sons, The Wanchai Machinery Godowns and Engineering Establishment – around 1897

Patricia O’Sullivan asks if anyone has knowledge of any relations of William Lysaught (1835-1910), born Co. Cork, Ireland. Lysaught was an Inspector in the Naval Dockyard Police HK, and owner of William Lysaught & Sons, Wanchai Machinery Godowns and Engineering Establishment, which as this May 1897 advert shows had premises at 1 to 8 Cross Lane in Wanchai at that time. […]

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Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company in Hong Kong – presence since the end of the 19th Century

HF: We have several articles about the Asiatic Petroleum Company (linked below) which was based in China. This was a joint venture between the Shell and Royal Dutch oil companies and was founded in 1903. It operated in Asia in the early 20th century with its corporate headquarters on The Bund, in Shanghai. Here is  the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company’s […]

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Unidentified Brickworks, Castle Peak Ceramic Company, Keen Sing Brickworks – Tuen Mun

New information added by Nahaha Lau. Tymon Mellor: Looking at some old mapping of Tuen Mun I noted a ceramics factory in the area, see below: This looks quite a factory as the mapping indicates rails, so I suspect it is more likely to be a brick works that is mentioned in the early alignment studies (1905) for the KCRC: “There […]

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Amoy Canning – Cheng Yum Kwai Senior Manager, Production, Amoy Food Limited

HF: Cheng Yum Kwai was born in 1947 in Xiamen. When he moved to Hong Kong with his family the following year, his father was working in Amoy Canning Corporation Ltd’s (Amoy’s) building department. The family subsequently lived in an Amoy-own Ngau Tau Kok village house. Cheng Yum Kwai was educated at Amoy Workers’ Children School and Bethel High School, dropping […]

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Fung Keong (馮强, 1891-1973) – King of Rubber Shoes

By York Lo For almost half a century stretching from the 1920s to the 1960s, the most popular casual footwear brand in Asia was Fung Keong (馮強). First manufactured in Canton in 1920, and later in Hong Kong and Malaysia, Fung Keong rubber sole canvas shoes had massive appeal during those years of economic hardship due to its affordability and are permanently etched […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – [Green Island] cement works

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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World War Two – 1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – motor bus services

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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