Mystery buildings at Lo So Shing beach, Lamma Island

HF: At the northern end of Lo So Shing beach on Lamma Island are a few steps leading up into undergrowth and trees. Years ago I noticed almost hidden away there were some dilapidated structures that I thought might have been a small manufacturing concern. I was at the beach recently and had another look. All that is now left […]

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Sun Hing restaurant Kennedy Town, traditional art of handmaking dim sum dying?

HF: The SCMP of 25th December 2015 contained the article, Saving dim sum: How a determined group of Hong Kong chefs are refusing to let the city’s culinary traditions die. The article begins: For the past 60 years, Chui Hoi has risen in the early hours of the morning to prepare bite-size steamed morsels for his small but popular dim sum […]

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Dairy Farm, Pok Fu Lam – Ming Pao article, effort to preserve what remains…

HF: Added information in red. It seems extraordinary now that there was a farm with 80 imported dairy cattle in 1886 on Hong Kong island. In 1941 just before the Japanese occupation of HK this number had risen to between 1,800 and 2,000.  Where were they? In Pokfulam at Dairy Farm’s estate. Dr. Edward Yiu, Associate Professor of the Department […]

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Fook Hing Oil Co, Cheung Sha Wan, BAAG report, 1943

Elizabeth Ride has sent a BAAG report that briefly mentions Fook Hing Oil Factory, Castle Peak Road, Cheung Sha Wan. WIS #28, 25.4.43. This article was first posted on 30th October 2014. Further information: For general information about the Elizabeth Ride collection, her father Sir Lindsay Ride, and the British Army Aid group during WW2 a very useful introduction is […]

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Dairy Farm, Pokfulam, recent photographs of structures within the estate

At the end of September 2015, Julian Kwong joined a group visiting the Dairy Farm estate at Pokfulam. He took several photos of structures at the farm and has provided a brief description of what each image shows. This map shows  the farm, its buildings and other structures. (1) Thanks to Paul Onslow for providing it. See Paul’s article, The Dairy Farm […]

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Dairy Farm museum at Pok Fu Lam – SCMP article

HF: The SCMP of the 18th June 2015 contained an article about the lengthy conversion of the old senior staff quarters into a museum by 1919. This should perhaps be read in conjunction with a Ming Pao article of 23rd August 2015, linked below, in which Dr. Edward Yiu, Associate Professor of the Department of Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese […]

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Hong Kong Industry during World War Two – Fishing, Food and Beverages, Tobacco

HF: This is an article where we can gradually add information about the fishing industry, the production of food and beverages, and tobacco products in Hong Kong during World War 2. As bits and pieces come in I’ll update the article and re-post it with the current date. MC Martyn Cornell BE Brian Edgar HF Hugh Farmer YL York Lo […]

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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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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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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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