Yan O Wan “Log Pond”, Lantau – 1983 Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung film location

Philip Edward Kenny: These days it’s the location of an MTR station which gets tourists to nearby Disneyland on Lantau Island, but in 1983 it was the location used for a scene in the film Project A, when Sammo Hung leads the gangsters to his cache of hidden guns only to find that Jackie Chan has beaten him to it – […]

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World War Two – BAAG, Mateys and Allied attempts to disrupt HK Dockyards

Lawrence Tsui: The dockyards that I remember reading in the BAAG papers were the Naval Dockyard, Kowloon Dockyard, Taikoo Dockyard as well as other smaller ones, the names of which I need to research my notes to identify.  There were also ship repair yards mentioned in intelligence reports. These were intelligence intended to help Allied Aerial Bombings in the later half […]

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HR Butters – first Labour Officer and author of the 1939 Report on Labour and Labour Conditions in Hong Kong

The Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography contains an article about Henry Robert Butters written by Norman J Miners.  Permission to use the article here has been granted by HK University Press. Butters was born on 11th April 1898 in Glasgow, Scotland and died on 1st March 1985 in Stirling, Scotland. Neither David Bellis of gwulo.com nor Hugh Farmer of this site have […]

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Hakka Patterned Bands in Hong Kong – 1976 RASHKB article

Elizabeth L Johnson wrote an article about “Patterned Bands” in the New Territories which was published in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch, Volume 16, 1976. [HF: I have been unable to copy the Chinese characters which appear in the article.] The article begins: These notes on a form of peasant textiles are based on research conducted in Kwan […]

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The Tien Chu (HK) Company Ltd – founded by Wu Yunchu aka P. N. Woo – “Father of Monosodium Glutamate” – initial notes

HF: The Tien Chu (H.K.) Company Ltd. was founded by Wu Yunchu (1891-1953). Wu was a chemist and industrialist  and known as the “Father of Monosodium Glutamate”. He was involved in the chemical and condiment industries in China especially I believe in Shanghai in the 1930s. York Lo says Wu Yunchu actually went by the name of “P. N. Woo” (probably due […]

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Thomas Selby – his life on board the Cutty Sark

Robin Selby has sent several extracts from the book, The Log of the Cutty Sark, mentioning his great-uncle Thomas Selby. The latter’s life on board the famous clipper has no direct connection with industry in Hong Kong. However, I think the following is of general historic interest and besides Thomas worked for two companies with a direct link to Hong Kong, […]

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Ho Hung Yee – umbrella maker and repairer for 70 years, Peel Street, Central

HF: The SCMP of 26th July 2015 carried a report about the death of Ho Hung Yee who ran an umbrella stand on at the top end of Peel Street for decades. The article begins…”A fixture of the Central street scene dubbed the “Umbrella Man” for the decades he spent helping Hongkongers stay dry has died at the age of […]

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World War Two – HK Industrial Images from the Imperial War Museum

HF: These paintings and photos of Hong Kong soon after the end of the War are from the Imperial War Museum’s, (IWM) UK extensive collection of Hong Kong. I have selected them because they show some aspect of the industrial history of HK at this time. Either through the Naval Dockyard, Shipping wrecks in the Harbour (with close connections to […]

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Bullivant & Co, Millwall London, supplier of Taikoo Sugar Refinery’s aerial ropeway cables – additional information

Robin Selby has been researching Bullivant’s, the UK supplier of the cable used in the construction of the Taikoo Sugar’s aerial ropeway (1891-1932)… “I’m not aware of a site in Stroud as mentioned in your article, Bullivant & Co, Millwall London, supplier of Taikoo Sugar Refinery’s aerial ropeway cables, [linked below]. In 1912 Bullivant’s set up a satellite factory in Leighton […]

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Shek Pik Reservoir – Tai Long Wan resettlement village for some displaced residents

HF: “Tai Long Wan Village – a pleasant community built in 1959. When the government was finalizing its plans for Shek Pik Reservoir, it built Tai Long Wan Village to re-settle many people whose homes were to be flooded by the reservoir – the villagers from Shek Pik Wai, Fan Pui, Kong Pui, Sha Tsui, Chung Hau and Hang Tsai. […]

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