World War Two – BAAG agent’s drawings from the Japanese occupation, industrial locations

HF: Elizabeth Ride has sent information about the British Army Aid Group’s (BAAG) drawings of Japanese installations which were made by agents to supplement written intelligence reports about Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation in WW2. Some of the drawings and accompanying notes mention locations and companies directly connected with Hong Kong’s  industrial history. Unfortunately the pages are not numbered. […]

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Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard (Dainichi Shipyard during the Japanese occupation)

HF: Some  initial notes and images regarding this Hong Kong company established in 1877. The following extract is from an August 1944 BAAG WW2 report courtesy of Elizabeth Ride. The Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard, situated immediately North of the Cosmopolitan Dock in Shamshuipo, was renamed the Dainichi Shipyard in June 1943, and is under the control of the Hongkong Governor’s Office.   […]

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Tai Koo Dockyard

Hugh Farmer: Some  initial notes and images regarding this illustrious Hong Kong company. Thanks to Tymon Mellor for the two images of Tai Koo Graving Dock. The following extract is from a 1944 BAAG WW2 report courtesy of Elizabeth Ride. Related Indhhk articles: Early HK Shipyards and Graving Docks Bailey’s Shipyard – 1908 Account Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard Tai Kok […]

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Green Island Cement – manager late 1920s to 1949 indentified + photos of earlier manager’s house?

Hugh Farmer: Jane Taylor added this comment to the article, Green Island Cement Company – stunning photos, “ I can confirm that the building in the foreground of the photograph beneath the picture of the rotary kilns was, indeed, the manager’s house. My grandfather, Robert Taylor served as manager (I think from the late 1920s) until his retirement in 1949. Recently discovered […]

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Tai Ping Carpets International Ltd, 1956 to the early 1970s

HF: Tai Ping Carpets was founded in 1956 by a group of seven friends. Each of the seed investors contributed HKD10,000 to build  a factory to employ mainland refugees. I have found no information about where this factory was. No doubt the Anthony Lawrence book about the company mentioned at the end of this article would provide great detail regarding […]

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CLP- Lawrence Kadoorie speech 1977 – HK + Hok Un Power Station during WW2

Hugh Farmer: The Hong Kong Heritage Project is a repository for the Kadoorie family’s history and archives. Part of this collection concerns the China Light & Power Company Syndicate founded in 1901, which became CLP and finally in 1998 CLP Holdings Ltd. This includes a speech Lawrence Kadoorie made in 1977  to the Hong Kong Management Association, regarding alternative energy sources. […]

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Cheung Chau Electric Company – further information

Hugh Farmer: This page comes from the CLP website. It contains much information of great interest to us, including:, ” In the 1950s there were many small factories of leather, incense, paper, ice and shipbuilding on the island”. Secondly it reports that “kerosene was the fuel for electricity and thus the cost was high”. I had never heard of this […]

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World War Two – 1945 BAAG report – utilities

Hugh Farmer: Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong.  Here I am posting the section on Utilities :- Electricity supply including information about – both HK Electric Co and China Light & Power Co – restrictions imposed on supply – certain industries attempting to generate their […]

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1957 Trade Fair TST – Chinese company names translated and indexed

Hugh Farmer: This article is a joint effort of Thomas Ngan, IDJ, Neil Morris and myself. Thomas has done a fantastic job in first translating the Chinese company names and products. And secondly by inserting arrows into the two photos below to link the advertising signs to the index. A lot of work Thomas, thanks very much. * The first […]

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