Lin’s (Kwong Ming) Enterprises (連氏光明) and Kwong Ming Knitting Factory

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York Lo: Lin’s (Kwong Ming) Enterprises (連氏光明) and Kwong Ming Knitting Factory  Picture and obituary of family patriarch Lin Yan-yee (WKYP, 1978-6-19); Right: Lin Siu-man (WKYP, 1982-9-1)  The Lin family came from Chaoyang in Chiuchow and has been a notable player in the knitwear, garment, handbag and shoe industry in HK for over half a century through their Lin’s (Kwong […]

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Mixing Concrete and Construction Equipment with Cantonese Opera and Wing Chun: the Wan family of Wai Hing and Modern

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York Lo: Mixing Concrete and Construction Equipment with Cantonese Opera and Wing Chun: the Wan family of Wai Hing and Modern For over six decades, the family of Wan Wai-yin has been supporting the construction industry in HK and beyond by supplying building materials and equipment such as concrete, timber, scaffolding and elevation platforms through various Wai Hing and the […]

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Yuet Tung China Works – last company in HK to produce hand-painted porcelain – vanishing HK trades

Mary Anne Le Bas has sent an SCMP article, Six home-grown Hong Kong trades at risk of dying out, published on 21st June 2015. The third of these is about  the Yuet Tung China Works which has been producing hand-painted porcelain since 1928. The article begins: Tso Chi-hung is the manager of Yuet Tung China Works, the last company in Hong […]

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Peter Leung (梁振邦): Contractor, Developer and Philanthropist

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York Lo: Peter Leung (梁振邦): Contractor, Developer and Philanthropist Left: Peter Leung giving a talk about the HK construction industry at a Rotary Club of Kowloon East luncheon in 1977 (KSEN, 1977-8-31); Right: Picture of the Peter Building in Central at the time of its completion in 1967 (WKYP, 1967-7-17) Peter Building (振邦大廈) at 58-62 Queen’s Road Central is a […]

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Lun Sang & Co (聯星建築) and The Pressure Piling Co (HK) Ltd (香港壓力打樁)

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York Lo: Lun Sang & Co (聯星建築) and The Pressure Piling Co (HK) Ltd (香港壓力打樁) Left: Lun Sang & Co founder Henry Luk Hing-yao (the spelling in the Chinese and English caption are inaccurate, a mix-up with the Malaysian Chinese millionaire/philanthropist Loke Yew); Center: ad for for Lun Sang and its affiliate Pressure Piling; Right: Luk Ping-sheung, second generation leader […]

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Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee – founder of Hong Kong Brewers and Distillery Ltd

The Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography has an article about Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee b.1880, Balsar, India d.10th February 1960 in Hong Kong, written by Sooni Shroff-Gander. The following are extracts from this: Summoned by his father Hormusjee Rottonjee, a trader in wines, spirits and provisions in Hong Kong since 1884, Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee arrived in the colony at the age of 12 […]

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From Saigon to HK and Rice to Corduroys: the Wong family of Wong Cheong Fung, King’s Dyeing, Corona Textile, and Perfecta

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York Lo: From Saigon to HK and Rice to Corduroys: the Wong family of Wong Cheong Fung, King’s Dyeing, Corona Textile, and Perfecta Wong Min-ching (third from left) with his sons and grandchildren in the mid-1960s. (Courtesy of John Huynh)   Natives of Chiuchow, the Wong family immigrated to Vietnam where they built one of the first and largest textile mills […]

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Sang Hop Construction Co. (生合建築)

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York Lo: Sang Hop Construction Co. (生合建築) Left: Sang Hop founder Kwan Mui (HKBCA yearbook, 1958); Right: Ad for Sang Hop Construction in 1950 (HKBCA yearbook)  Founded by Kwan Mui (關梅), Sang Hop Construction was one of the leading building contractors in Hong Kong from the 1940s to the 1960s responsible for many public and private projects. Based on Kwan […]

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Tom Construction Co. (順興隆建築)

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York Lo: Tom Construction Co. (順興隆建築) Left: Tom Construction founder K.S. Tom; Right: Ad for Tom Construction in 1950, both pictures highlighted residential projects (HKBCA yearbook)  Tom Construction Co was one of the leading building contractors in Hong Kong in the 1950s founded by Tom Man-loong (譚文龍), better known as K.S. Tom.   A native of Sunwui prefecture in Guangdong, K.S. […]

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