The early history of Hong Kong’s railway: The Kowloon-Canton Railway. 1931 article

The Opening Of The Kowloon Canton Railway 1910 Pinterest

IDJ has sent the following newspaper article. I have retyped the original article to aid legibility and searches on the website. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article. A railway journal at any time is most interesting. To the young people it is an object lesson not learned in the classroom. To the more mature persons, it affords much […]

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YC Moy (梅友卓) – the Friendly Compatriot and the Yau Kiu Film Studio (友僑片場)

Yau Kiu Film Studio In Kowloon City, Front Gate York Lo

York Lo: YC Moy – the Friendly Compatriot and the Yau Kiu Film Studio (友僑片場) Left: YC Moy in his later years (Source: World Moy’s Clan Association yearbook); Right: Front gate of the Yau Kiu Film Studio in Kowloon City Earlier in the year, the author wrote an article about Hua Nan Motors, the distributor of DeSoto and Peugeot automobiles […]

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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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The Riches to Rags to Riches Sagas of Li Po-lung (李寶龍) and his son Li Shiu-chung (李兆忠)

Li Shui Chung Empire Theatre In The 1950s (Source Cinematreasures.org )York Lo

York Lo: Several articles have been posted on the Group’s website about American shipbuilder George U. Sands and his shipyard in Kennedy Town which eventually ended up in the hands of the family of Li Sing, the richest man in Hong Kong at the turn of the 20th century. Several years ago, I wrote an article about Li Sing and two […]

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Kelly Brothers Manufacturing Factory, Pre-War Garment Pioneer

Athlet (2)

York Lo – Kelly Brothers Manufacturing Factory, Pre-War Garment Pioneer   Kelly Brothers 1953 advert Source: IDJ Founded in 1925, Kelly Brothers Manufacturing Factory (嘉綸兄弟織造) was one of the oldest garment manufacturers in Hong Kong, producing sport shirts, T-shirts, singlets, pullovers, vests etc under the “Spot”, “Anchor”, “Athlet” and “Lightning” brands. The brothers in the firm’s name refer to its […]

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The Hong Kong Shipowners Association

Hong Kong Shipowners Association

Thanks to SCT for proofreading the following: “By the middle of the 1950s a group of Chinese shipowners had been established in Hong Kong, operating small but expanding fleets of second-hand vessels. By dint of their origins in the environs of Shanghai and their common interest in shipping, they knew each other well enough and took to meeting regularly over […]

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Charles Gordon Stewart Mackie – Scottish businessman in Hong Kong, head of several companies

Charles Gordon Stewart Mackie Partial Image Wikimedia Commons

Charles Gordon Stewart Mackie was a Scottish businessman in Hong Kong and member of the Legislative Council and Executive Council of Hong Kong. He was born on 9th January 1880 and died on 17th March 1966. C. Gordon Mackie [by which name he seems to have been more commonly known] was associated with China and Hong Kong and head of […]

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Charles Van den Born – first powered flight in Hong Kong, Shatin, 1911

The Farmen At Shatin

HF: Tymon Mellor wrote the article, Shatin – first powered flight in Hong Kong 1911, linked below, about the first powered flight which took place at Shatin on 18th March 1911. Charles “Chic’ Eather’s website mentions Charles Van den Born and this momentous event. Charles Van den Born, the Henry Farman Company’s test pilot and instructor, had arrived on the steamer Donai. […]

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R. Corney & Co (明新): Glass Merchant and Mirror Manufacturer

R Corney Detail B Ad From The 1955 HKBCA Year Book York Lo

York Lo: Corney & Co – Glass Merchant and Mirror Manufacturer Established in 1902 (although not formally incorporated til 1921), R. Corney & Co Ltd (明新有限公司) was a leading glass merchant and mirror manufacturer in Hong Kong which produced glassware, mirrors, light fixtures and other glass-related products. Despite its long history, limited information is available about the firm. A R.Corney […]

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