World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – gas supply

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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AEC Regent V – Kowloon Bus Company buses 1960s

James Chan: The article, The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Ltd – Timeline, got me thinking about KMB buses in the 1960s. I found this: 1954 Model introduced. The AEC Regent V was a front-engined double-decker bus built by the Associated Equipment Company between 1954 and 1969. The Regent V had AEC’s own frontal design and concealed radiator as standard, It was […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – electricity

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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The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Ltd – Timeline

HF: This KMB timeline comes from the company’s website. The story begins… On 13 April 1933, Tang Shiu Kin, William Louey Sui Tak, Lui Leung, Tam Woon Tong and Lam Ming Fan established The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited (KMB), which was granted the right to operate franchised bus services in Kowloon and the New Territories. There were 106 […]

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Bailey’s Shipyard during the Occupation 1942-1945

Elizabeth Ride has sent a 1942 map and several WW2 BAAG reports about WS Bailey & Co, more usually known as Bailey’s Shipyard. Elizabeth says, The Intelligence Summaries sent on nearly all the information brought to BAAG by their underground agents, but added their comments if they thought it sounded improbable. HF: Where the original report is difficult to read […]

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Agência Comercial “Progresso” Ltd – Macau, shipbreaking HK, Stanley Ho

Patrícia Alves is writing a book about Stanley Ho for a Portuguese publishing house.  Her research has led her to the company Agência Comercial “Progresso” Ltd which she says was managed, at least until 1957, by Stanley Ho. Patricia adds: Regarding Agência Comercial Progresso, I don’t know exactly when it was created, but the reference to Stanley Ho appears in several books […]

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Chung Hwa Book Company – HK branch opened 1927

Chung Hwa Book Company was founded in Shanghai in 1912. Its Hong Kong branch, opened in 1927 and became Chung Hwa Book Company (Hong Kong) Ltd. in 1988. Elizabeth Ride has sent the following BAAG reports about the company during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, World War Two.   KWIZ #72 27.10.44     KWIZ #76 24.11.44 See: Biography […]

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Green Island Cement Company during World War Two

Elizabeth Ride has sent these BAAG reports which cover early 1942 to late 1944 KWIZ #66, 15.9.1944. About 100 workmen. Owing to lack of raw materials production has stopped but there is still some old stock or cement in the works. KWIZ #72, 27.10.44. KWIZ #74 10.11.44 KWIZ #76 24.11.44 KWIZ #77 15.12.44 KWIZ #78 22.12.44 This 1949 aerial image shows, […]

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China Engineers Ltd, Hong Kong – 1963 supplementary information

Carles Brasó Broggi’s article China Engineers Ltd 1928 Shanghai – 1937 Hong Kong, concludes, “During the 1960s, China Engineers expanded in the Southeast Asian markets establishing one of the first spinning and dyeing industries in the Philippines as well as electrical installations for high rise buildings in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The company also opened offices in Korea, Japan and Taiwan. They […]

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China Engineers Ltd 1928 Shanghai – 1937 Hong Kong

China Engineers Ltd by Carles Brasó Broggi This company was founded by William Charles Gomersall, G. E. Maden, E. S. Elliston, Z. V. Choo and James H. Lee in 1928 in Shanghai. They provided textile machinery to Chinese cotton mills that emerged after WW1 in Shanghai and in the Yangtse Delta region. Gomersall and his partners made deals with important […]

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