The Lo Wu Brick Works, pre-1912 to 1957?

Tymon Mellor: Hong Kong was built from stone and bricks, all held together with a cement mortar. All these materials were locally made using the natural resources Hong Kong could provide. The New Territories are rich in clay, which over the years has been used for pottery and brick manufacturing. The use of air dried bricks for house building was common, and fired bricks have […]

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Asiatic Petroleum Company employees, a compilation – information needed

Asiatic Petroleum Company Staff Photo Shanghai 1930s Historical Photographs Of China, University Of Bristol

For latest updates please see items highlighted in blue. On 19th November 2020 information about William Elias Hughes, and images of him and his family were added. HF: We have been sent information about a couple of employees of the Asiatic Petroleum Company in China and one in the UK. We have also received requests for information about two more […]

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19th Century Tomato Ketchup production in Yau Ma Tei – where exactly?

This was a very early article in Newsletter 4, from the pre-website days, which was sent out as an email on 7th February 2013. Where was the 1881 ketchup factory in Yau Ma Tei mentioned below? And can anyone provide more information about it? Ketchup, Catsup, Catchup,  Kiô-chiap  or plain Tomato Sauce? – Hong Kong, Heinz and Yerks Speaking of […]

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Holga Cameras – Universal Optical Industry / Universal Electronics Industries – production information needed

HF: There is a vast amount out there about Hong Kong made Holga cameras which have cult status. This information concerns the cameras and the photographs they take. There is however very little detail about where exactly they were made or ironically photographs of the factory, production, workers etc. Can you tell us more about the manufacturing of Holga Cameras […]

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Amoy Canning increases production to enter the European market, newspaper article September 1939

IDJ has sent this newspaper article, which adds a little more information to what we know about Amoy Canning Corporation, shown in various articles linked below. Source: Hong Kong Daily Press 26th September 1939 This article was first posted on 12th November 2020. Related Indhhk articles: Amoy Canning – photograph of Mr T S Wong, Managing Director of the company […]

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The Rope Making Industry in Hong Kong, 1957 Trade Bulletin article

Rope-Making Twine, halliards, cables – if what you need can be classified under the general heading of ‘rope’, it is almost certainly made in Hong Kong. One of the Colony’s earliest industries was ship-building from which a natural offshoot was rope-making. In 1883 Hong Kong’s first rope-making was opened with a capital of HK$150,000.[HF: this was The Hongkong Rope Manufacturing […]

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Lantau Island Industry

HF: This article is the result of several people’s research into industrial development, lighthouses, log ponds, manufacturing, mining, reservoirs, salt, shipyards, tea, timber mills, transport, utilities and other related topics on Lantau Island. If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to the list, it would be good to hear from you. I can then […]

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The Kung family and Sam Kwong Weaving Factory (三光布廠)

The Kung Family And Sam Kwong Weaving Factory Detail Image 2 York Lo

York Lo: The Kung family and Sam Kwong Weaving Factory (三光布廠) Left: Kung Yeuk-man (HK Pun U District Association, 1971); Center: ad for Sam Kwong in 1935 (Tin Kwong Po, 1935-11-1); Right: ad for Sam Kwong in the 1970s (HK Pun U District Association)  Sam Kwong Weaving Factory was one of the leading weaving mills in Hong Kong from the […]

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W Britain Toys – made in Hong Kong from 1966 to ?

HF: Can anyone supply information about the period when these toys were made in Hong Kong? “In 1893 William Britain Jr., a British toy manufacturer, invented the process of hollow casting in lead, and revolutionized the production of toy soldiers. The company quickly became the industry leader, and was imitated by many other companies, such as Hanks Bros. and John Hill […]

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Tam Kung Temple Road Shipyards, Shau Kei Wan

HF: Hong Kong has several locations where there are still clusters of small shipyards. Stonecutters Island, Ap Lei Chau and the north coast of Tsing Yi spring to mind. Another is Tam Kung Temple Road which lies between the Shau Kei Wan MTR station and the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence. Its couple of hundred yards contains about dozen […]

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