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 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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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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George Underhill Sands (1824-1881?) – connection to three HK companies

Stephen Davies and Hugh Farmer have collaborated in researching the life of George U Sands (1824-1881). In particular his time as the captain of a steamship in China and his later involvement in three Hong Kong companies. Stephen’s contributions are indicated, all others are from HF. Any information about Mr Sands during his time in both China and Hong Kong and […]

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Fresnel Lenses – Barbier, Benard & Turenne – AGA and Waglan lighthouse…

HF: Barbier, Benard and Turenne (BBT) was a French company founded in 1862. It specialized in the manufacture of lights, optical devices and lighting systems. And complete lighthouses including the one on Hong Kong’s Waglan Island. The lighthouse incorporated Fresnel lenses. The Swedish Company AGA was later involved as was its UK subsidiary Pharos Marine. I didn’t know the name […]

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The I-Feng Enamelling Company – details about associated family members

York Lo has sent biographical details of Tung Chi-fu, John Tung Chi-ying, Tung Hong-ying and other members of the family who founded and were associated with The I-Feng Enamelling Company and Freezinhot Bottle Co., Ltd. He also mentions others who were not family members but involved in other companies specially in Shanghai. York Lo: The founder of I-Feng, Tung Chi-fu (董吉甫, or […]

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The Sperry Flour Company in Hong Kong

  HF: The Company in Hong Kong: “The Sperry Flour Company has been interested in the flour trade of the Colony for upwards of forty years—a period considerably longer than any other similar company—and during the whole of this time it has lost no opportunity of studying the requirements of Eastern buyers, with the object of pushing business throughout the […]

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