Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice 1861-1924, obituary

HF:  Our article, 1924 Report on the Commerial Development of the Port of Hong Kong, begins by mentioning the visit of Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice to Hong Kong in 1920. Fitzmaurice, as a partner in a firm of Consulting Engineers, had been invited to offer advice on general improvements to Hong Kong’s harbour and also specific areas within that subject. The […]

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Agência Comercial “Progresso” Ltd – Macau, shipbreaking HK, Stanley Ho

Patrícia Alves is writing a book about Stanley Ho for a Portuguese publishing house.  Her research has led her to the company Agência Comercial “Progresso” Ltd which she says was managed, at least until 1957, by Stanley Ho. Patricia adds: Regarding Agência Comercial Progresso, I don’t know exactly when it was created, but the reference to Stanley Ho appears in several books […]

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Platt Brothers, Oldham, UK, HK Cotton-Spinning Company connection 1898

The article The Hongkong Cotton-Spinning, Weaving and Dyeing Company about the  first major cotton spinning company in Hong Kong formed in 1898 by Messrs. Jardine, Matheson & Co Ltd. mentions Platts of Oldham in the UK The relevant extract from the article states “There are 170 carding machines, 21 sets of drawing frames, 21 sets of slubbing frames, and 30 […]

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The German Speaking Community in Hong Kong 1846-1918 – Part One

HF: Vol. 34 of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch published in 1994 contains a lengthy article about German speakers in Hong Kong and of the companies they were involved in. It was written by Carl Smith. I am familiar with only a small number of these companies and even fewer of those persons working for […]

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The Electronics Industry of Hong Kong: an analysis of its growth 1959-1969

Edward Chen Kwan-yiu wrote the thesis: The Electronics Industry of Hong Kong: an analysis of its growth for his Master of Social Sciences Degree, University of Hong Kong, 1971. The thesis, linked below, comes from the HKU Scholars Hub: The University of Hong Kong Thanks to York Lo for sending this in-depth study. He says, “this is an excellent HKU […]

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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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Vianini Lavori SpA – general contractor High Island Reservoir

Rico Lee + HF: HK: (1) Vianini Lavori SpA is an Italian company with a history of involvement in large construction projects including several in Hong Kong. It is a subsidiary of Caltagirone and I think has operated since 1890, though I unsure which of these companies commenced operations in that year. HF: (2) The above photo shows the dolo-shaped […]

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Netherlands Harbour Works Company – dredging HK harbour / reclamation at Kai Tak 1927

IDJ: Possibly the earliest large scale dredging and reclamation contractor in HK was the above company. HF: ‘…the road passes Macao Siac where the Netherlands Harbour Works Co has established its workshops in connection with the Port Works of Macao …” 1929 (1) Problems for the company in Australia during WW2: There is also a contemporary Royal Netherlands Harbour Works based in […]

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Olyphant & Co, China 19th century (Hong Kong office)

HF: Olyphant & Co. was a merchant trading house in 19th-century China. From its initial involvement there, the firm expanded into other countries including Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.  Olyphant & Co’s business dealings in Peru caused the company to collapse in 1878. The firm was founded in Canton by David WC Olyphant (1789-1851) and Charles N Talbot after their former employer, King […]

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