Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers – The Sham Tseng Brewery 1930-1935

HF: Martyn Cornell, an enthusiastic writer about, and consumer of beer, wrote an excellent history of brewing in Hong Kong which appeared in the article, Roll out the barrel, SCMP 25th August 2013. Martyn tells me this was a short extract from his much longer Brewery History Society article, A Short History of Beer in Hong Kong, which was published […]

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The China Sugar Refinery Company (previously Wahee, Smith & Co)

HF:  The China Sugar Refinery Company started life, I think, in 1874, as Wahee, Smith & Co (or possibly without a comma). Several partners of Wahee, Smith went bankrupt leading to the sale of the refinery to Jardine, Matheson & Company. Choa Chee-bee was compradore at both companies having come to Hong Kong in the early 1870s from Malacca. If […]

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Ying Mee and Yue Mou tea companies – information needed

HF: Can anyone supply further details about either of these Hong Kong tea companies? Or about other companies in this trade in Hong Kong? Especially Hong Kong grown tea – see Traditional Tea Growing in the New Territories, linked below. I am intrigued by the term”processed in HK’ in the Ying Mee advert. Does this mean just packaged or  that […]

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The Dairy Farm Company – Post WW1, the Japanese occupation and immediately post WW2

Paul Onslow: With the destruction and loss of most of the Dairy Farm archives and virtually all photographic material (read further on for more details) much of what is known about the history of Dairy Farm was documented by the great Hong Kong historian Nigel Cameron in his 1986 book ‘The Milky Way – The History of Dairy Farm’. Nigel carried […]

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Cheng Cheung Hing Shrimp Paste Factory, Tai O

HF: The SCMP of 17th September 2014 contained an article about the demise of the shrimp paste industry in Tai O on Lantau island. In particular it provides details about the Cheng Cheung Hing Shrimp Paste Factory and its owner Cheng Kai-Keung shown in the photo below. The company was founded by his great-grandfather in 1920. Production was badly affected […]

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Industrial Accidents in Hong Kong, Labour Dept bulletin, June 2013

HF: According to this Labour Department bulletin in 2012: There were 12,547 industrial accidents – 3,160  in the construction industry resulting in 24 out of a total of 29 fatalities 6,216  in food + beverages services 1,914   in  manufacturing See: Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Bulletin, Labour Dept, June 2013  Related Inddhk articles: The Association for the Rights of […]

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WW2 Poultry Farms during the Japanese occupation

ER: BAAG Report – KWIZ #71, 20.10.44. Related Indhhk articles:  World War Two – 1945 BAAG report – Dairy supplies in occupied HK The Hong Kong Fishing Industry during World War Two – on the trail of Amakusa Marine A selection of Indhhk articles about HK agriculture and fisheries: Australian cattle to Hong Kong – 1845 invitation, 1880s delivery? Chinese Preserved […]

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Wo Fat Hing Distillery production of 玉冰燒酒 (Juk Bing Siu Zau) or 肉醪燒 (Juk Lou Siu)

Mike T: Regarding the Wo Fat Hing Distillery I’m guessing the type of wine specifically made there was  玉冰燒酒 (Juk Bing Siu Zau) or 肉醪燒 (Juk Lou Siu), as they mention pork being placed in the wine as part of the process. Wikipedia says that it’s, “…a Cantonese rice liquor with over 100 years of history, made with steamed rice. After distillation, […]

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William MacGregor Smith (Wahee, Smith & Co.) c1831- c1907

York Lo has sent the following information about William MacGregor Smith. He was the Smith in Wahee, Smith & Co which in turn became The China Sugar Refinery. Smith is buried in HK cemetery – the tombstone states he was 76 (and was erected in 1907) and was from Scotland. On page 50 of Carl Smith’s book Chinese Christians there is […]

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The Sperry Flour Company in Hong Kong

  HF: The Company in Hong Kong: “The Sperry Flour Company has been interested in the flour trade of the Colony for upwards of forty years—a period considerably longer than any other similar company—and during the whole of this time it has lost no opportunity of studying the requirements of Eastern buyers, with the object of pushing business throughout the […]

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