The Organic Fertilizer Company Ltd, West Point, Newspaper article 1936

Organic Fertilizer Co. Detail C HK Sunday Herald 23.8.36 IDJ

Many thanks to IDJ for sending in this article. As he says, a company ahead of its time! HF: The article was pretty legible but I thought I would retype it anyway. Any further information about, or image of the company would be very useful. There has recently been started in Hong Kong an industry which should prove of enormous […]

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Magazine Island – The British Dynamite Co / Nobel Explosives Co

HF: Magazine Island (火藥洲; Fo Yeuk Chau), originally known as One Tree Island (一木島) is located off the southwest coast of Hong Kong Island, and off the northwestern tip of Ap Lei Chau. Administratively, it is part of Southern District. The former Magazine Building on Magazine Island is now a Grade Three Historic Building. It was built by the British Dynamite Company, which later […]

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The Hongkong and China Gas Company Ltd – early history from 1860s

Dan Waters’ article, Hong Kong’s Hongs with Long Histories and British Connections, includes the following information about The Hongkong and China Gas Company. The article appeared in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong in 1990. Dan has written several articles directly for our Group. HF: The queries are mine. I have also added the images. “William Glen, who […]

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Richard C.K. Chan (陳卓堅): timber baron, shipping tycoon and stamp collector

Richard C.K. Chan Timber Baron Detail Image 2 York Lo

York Lo: Richard C.K. Chan (陳卓堅): timber baron, shipping tycoon and stamp collector Left: Richard C.K. Chan (standing) delivering a speech to the press as head of the Timber Guild in 1962. To his left were Wong Shui-leung of Kwong Chan Timber, Kan Chi-nam of Wing Tai Cheung and Leung Kam-tong of Hip Shing Timber (WKYP, 1962-12-18); right: cover of […]

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Long To Cotton Yarn (浪淘花紗)

Long To Cotton Yarn Detail B Mage 1

York Lo: Long To Cotton Yarn (浪淘花紗) Left: Long To founder Lam Man-yan; Right: Long To Building in Cheung Sha Wan (Primeoffice)  Long To Cotton Yarn was a major manufacturer of cotton yarn in Hong Kong which derived its name from the word play of the Chinese saying based on Tang Dynasty poetry of “Waves washing the sand” (浪淘沙) and […]

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Chy Loong Ginger Factory adverts

Chy Loong Ginger Factory Image 1 York Lo

Thanks to IDJ for sending these adverts in which complement York Lo’s article on the company linked below. The image of the Chy Loong Ginger factory on the Home Page of this article was originally included in the article below compiled by York Lo. This article was first posted on 10th September 2020. Related Indhhk articles: Chy Loong Ginger Factory […]

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HK and Whampoa Dockyard – what happened to its famous Hammerhead Crane?

Hugh Farmer: New information in red. In 1932 Earle’s Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Hull, UK, was acquired by National Shipbuilders Security and dismantled, with the yard’s fitting-out crane being sold off to the Kowloon (HK &  Whampoa) Dockyard in Hong Kong. Tymon Mellor: In November 1937, the Whampoa docks at Hung Hom were connected to the KCR by a 1.090ft siding down […]

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Green Island Cement Company – stunning photos

Thanks to IDJ  for the excellent images and information. Hugh Farmer writes:- I had always imagined  that the Green Island Cement Company was named after HK’s Green Island (Tsing Chau) opposite Kennedy Town. But no, the company initially started operations on the similarly named island, Ilha Verde, near Macau. The date of its establishment there  is given by various sources […]

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Booth Edible Oil Corporation (寶富油廠) – maker of peanut oil, peanut butter, medicated oil and refrigerators in the 1950s and 1960s

Booth Edible Oil Corporation Detail Image 2 York Lo

York Lo: Booth Edible Oil Corporation (寶富油廠) – maker of peanut oil, peanut butter, medicated oil and refrigerators in the 1950s and 1960s Chan Yu-kee and workers of the Booth Edible Oil Corp at the “Workers’ Paradise” program hosted by Radio Hong Kong (now RTHK) in 1959 (WKYP, 1959-11-4)  Booth Edible Oil Corporation was one of the leading manufacturers of […]

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Mayar Silk Mills (HK) Ltd, Tsuen Wan – company compound derelict for many years

James Chan: Hughie D, Veteran Member of has posted a piece about this company on its website. This was posted in July 2015. Hughie says: “This place is a bit of a strange one. This old silk mill is in the middle of Tsuen Wan…and must represent very valuable real estate. I remember passing this place a number of […]

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