Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice – HK harbour works, 1920 visit

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 as follows:- Fitzmaurice’s  suggestions had not been taken up by the end of 1923. The […]

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Socony-Vacuum Oil Company in HK from 1895

HF and Elizabeth Ride (ER) New information in red. Linda Granfield left the following comment in November 2022: Hi–Re 1896 for your earliest mention of the Vacuum Oil Co. in Hong Kong–I found an 1895 Jurors’ List that list a fellow as an assistant at the Vacuum Oil Co, Kowloon Hotel. Same info in the Carl Smith Collection, Government Records […]

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Gibb, Livingston & Company Ltd, established in HK 1841, shipping lines and insurance

“In the course of a recent research through some old records, the name of another of Hongkong’s pioneer firms was noticed, that of Gibb, Livingston and Company, who came here in the first year of the Colony’s foundation. The firm can indeed claim to be one of the oldest in this part of the world, at they commenced business in […]

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Ma On Shan Mine – Part One, The Open Cut Years

Coastal Village

Tymon Mellor: Introduction The mine workings on the south-west slopes of Ma On Shan mountain are now no more than mere scars in the hillside, but in the middle of the last century, the mine provided employment for up to 6,000 people and supplied high grade iron ore and other minerals to the Japanese steel industry. This article describes the […]

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Liang Meng-Tsi (梁孟齊) – HK Paint Industry Pioneer

Liang Meng Tsi Detail Image Of LMT From 1967 HK Album York Lo

York Lo – Liang Meng-Tsi – HK Paint Industry Pioneer Liang Meng-tsi (梁孟齊, 1902-1972) was an important figure in the history of the paint industry in Hong Kong. A US-trained chemist, Liang was a leading expert in paint technology in China and was involved in the founding of China Paint in 1932, Duro Paint (with backing of the Lee Hysan […]

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A Slice of Heaven – the story of On Lok Yuen (安樂園), Pioneering Ice Cream, Biscuit and Confectionary Manufacturer and Restaurant Chain

On Lok Yuen B Creamery And Milk Plant Monthly Two Pictures York Lo

York Lo: A Slice of Heaven – the story of On Lok Yuen (安樂園), Pioneering Ice Cream, Biscuit and Confectionary Manufacturer and Restaurant Chain Founded and managed by the religious Cheung family, On Lok Yuen was a leading maker of ice cream, biscuits and confectionary in Hong Kong for over half a century, from 1920 to 1974, with its factory in […]

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Hong Kong trading agents 1953 – nearly 60 companies

IDJ has sent the following trade adverts from 1953 for Hong Kong importers and exporters/buying and selling agents. Included are also companies who are advertising their own products. As information comes in each will be given their own article. Any related Inddhk articles are linked under the company name. Allied Trading Company Incorporated 30th June 1953 Dissolved 5th December 1958 […]

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Les Messageries Maritimes á Hong Kong (1918-1941)

Messageries Maritimes Detail Liner Pathos In Hong Kong Harbour Circa 1930 Private Collection Francois Dremeaux

François Dremeaux has kindly sent extracts from his MPhil dissertation Les Messageries Maritimes á Hong Kong (1918-1941). He says “I did my MPhil about the Messageries Maritimes in Hong Kong during the interwar period. More than a subject, it is also a passion!” HF: François has translated the extracts from the original French and I have slightly amended his translations […]

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Jardine, Matheson & Co., Ltd, a brief history

William Jardine And James Matheson Courtesy Wikiwand

Paul Mark Onslow kindly sent me a manuscript of The Hongkong Land Company’s 90th Anniversary 1889-1979 which I intend to post on the website shortly. The manuscript contains a section entitled Jardine, Matheson & Co., Ltd, Part of Asia’s History featured in this article. HF: I have retyped the article to increase legibility and aid searches on the site. Please […]

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The Chinese Engineering and Mining Company, China, 1900-1949 (dissolved 1984)

The Chinese Engineering & Mining Company Limited was established in 1900 to mine coal for steamships in the area around Tientsin, China. The company was reformed in 1912 as a public company registered in London. Also in 1912 the Chinese Engineering and Mining Company and the Lanchow Mining Company Limited formed the Kailan Mining Administration to administer the coal mines. […]

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