Gin Drinkers’ Bay in 1936, mention of a mining concern and Texas Company (China) Ltd

Gin Drinker's Bay 1960s, Proposed Site Of Fertilizer Plant ,

IDJ has sent the following newspaper article. HF I have retyped the original article to aid clarity and searches of the website. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped copy of the original article. HF: I would be grateful for any further information about, or images of the ”mining concern” or the Texas Company (China) mentioned in the article. The […]

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Quarrying in Hong Kong – rehabilitation of Anderson Road, Shek O, Lam Tei and Sok Kwu Wan

James Chan: A little about the end of quarrying in Hong Kong and the three big ones plus  Sok Kwu Wan (ie Lamma) Quarry “Today, under a plan formulated in 1989, the three remaining operational quarries in Hong Kong are being rehabilitated to form green areas for future development. Shek O (completion in 2009), Anderson Road (2013) and Lam Tei […]

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Tin Mine at Tai Tong (Mining Licence No 13)


Tymon Mellor: In the previous article on tin mining in Hong Kong, the existence of a pre-war tin mine was identified near Yuen Long but the actual location of the mine was a mystery. Following further research, new details on the mine and its location have been identified. Following the introduction of the Prospecting and Mining Ordinance of 1906, parties […]

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West Brother Island Graphite mine – a timeline

West Brother Island Graphite Mine Geological Society Of Hong Kong

A little more information about a mine that, at least above ground, was demolished when the new Hong Kong International Airport was built. 1952 Mine site was operated by Tin Bo Mining Development Corp. Later, the mine changed its name or had its equity transferred to Ng Fuk Black Lead Mining Co. Ltd. to continue its operation. During its early […]

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West Brother Island (Tai Mo To) Graphite Mine

Hugh Farmer: The mine was in the bottom left hand (SW) corner of the island (apologies for a fuzzy picture that resembles shark’s fin soup) West Brother Island lies to the north east of HK International Airport.  I have read an account that the graphite was discovered in the early 1950s  by fishermen who were looking for sandstone to make […]

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Graphite Mining in the New Territories

Mine Map

Tymon Mellor: Immediately after the end of the Pacific War, the price of graphite, a form of carbon, peaked before declining as the world demand for steel dropped. Following the successful exploitation of graphite on West Brother Island, a number of licences were issued to allow the prospecting for Graphite throughout the New Territories during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Prospecting […]

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