Taikoo Sugar Refinery, further information

Taikoo Sugar Refinery, Quarry Bay, HK Historical Photographs Of China

HF: Taikoo Sugar Refinery started producing refined sugar in Hong Kong in 1884 and did not cease operation till 1972. During this period of almost a century, it produced some of the world’s highest quality refined sugar widely consumed in many parts of Asia, Australia and North America. Its history illustrates important aspects of Hong Kong’s industrial development.(1) Taikoo Sugar […]

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Cookson & Company Ltd, paint manufacturer, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, HK advert 1924

Cookson & Company Ltd, Paint, Detail Advert, HK Telegraph 31.5.1924

“Cookson and Co of Milburn House, Newcastle-on-Tyne 1827 Cookson and Co established soda works at South Shields; Thomas Doubleday gave them the plans of his chamber, furnaces, etc, when they established the works[1] 1852 Messrs J Cookson were lead merchants at Upper Thames Street, London, with manufacturing works at Newcastle[2]. 1855 William Isaac Cookson and Co, were paint and colour […]

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Cheung Ka Chai Medicinal Wine (張家濟酒廠)

Cheung Ka Chai Medicinal Wine Detail B Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Cheung Ka Chai Medicinal Wine (張家濟酒廠) Left: Cheung Ka Chai ad in Singapore in 1947 (南洋商报, 12 February 1947, Page 3); Right: Cheung Ka Chai’s Three Goats trademark filed in 1935 (HK Government Report) Cheung Ka Chai is one of the firms not covered in the earlier article about the Chinese distilleries in HK and specialized in medicinal […]

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Wilks & Jack Ltd – early 20th century Engineers and ship designers

Wilks & Jack Ltd Shop Image Early 20thC HK University Library

“This firm was founded in 1902 by Mr. E. C. Wilks, as a marine engineers’ and surveyors’ bureau. Mr. Wilks was joined in 1903 by Mr. W. C. Jack, formerly Ingenieur en Chef of the Tonkin River Mail Service, and late assistant manager at the Kowloon establishment of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Company. During the five years of […]

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The Stelux Group, founded HK 1963, manufacturer of watch components

Travis Ling: My uncle bought a brand new Tissot watch in 1969 before he left Hong Kong for college (and for good) in the States. The watch still has its original stainless steel band, marked “Kreisler Stelux Stainless Steel Made in Hong Kong” on the clasp , as shown below. I researched “Kreisler Stelux”and found that it was a popular brand […]

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Kin Sun Manufactory (建新織造廠) and Longfellow shirts

Kin Sun Manufactory And Longfellow Shirts Detail Image 2 York Lo

York LO: Kin Sun Manufactory (建新織造廠) and Longfellow shirts Left: Kin Sun’s ad in Singapore in 1953 warning customers about counterfeited Longfellow shirts (南洋商报, 10 April 1953, Page 7); Right: Kin Sun Manufactory in Sham Shui Po on the right. The bamboo structure was for lowering a coffin from the second floor which was common practice before the 1960s (Uwants)  […]

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Early modern Hong Kong industrial design – Chuen Sun Knitting Factory Ltd

Chuen Sun Knitting Factory 1947 Image Hkmemory

Mike T: There’s an interesting connection to the 555 undershirt brand made in Hong Kong by Chuen Sun Knitting Factory Ltd in the book “Design History: An Anthology”. “Early modern Hong Kong industrial design Hong Kong industrial design during the first half of the twentieth century developed much the same adaptive and synthetic strategies as that of graphic design. The silversmithing […]

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

James Chan: Hughie D, Veteran Member of derelictplaces.co.uk 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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The Hong Kong Printing Press – Pedro D’Alcantara Xavier (1886-1952)

Pedro D'alcantara Xavier

New Information HF: The Hong Kong Printing Press seems to have operated from 1888 to 1980 according to the website linked below dedicated to the company. The site appears to have been researched by descendants of family members who were involved in the company for several generations. I would like to hear from anyone contributing to the website linked below. […]

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