Chang Don Chien 張敦潛, chief engineer South China Iron Works, 1948-1968

Antonia Cheung: My father Mr. Chang Don Chien was the chief engineer of the South China Iron Works from 1948 till 1968. A Biography of Mr. Chang Don-Chien by Antonia Cheung. Personal Information: Mr. Chang, Don-Chien  張敦潛 was born in 1918 in Shanghai. He studied Classical Chinese, Chinese calligraphy, arithmetic under a Chinese scholar before he was six. At seven, he entered […]

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The National Lacquer and Paint Products Co Ltd

HF: “Camel” Paints and Lacquers are manufactured by The National Lacquer & Paint Products Co. Ltd, founded by two Chinese returning from the US Zhen Bing Jun and Huang Wei Xian in 1932. The company used “Camel Paint” as its trademark and in the beginning manufactured only enamel paint, lacquer, paste paint and spray paint. Later in 1937, The National Lacquer […]

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Lui Che Woo – King of Hong Kong Quarries – two newspaper articles

HF: “Lui was a pioneer in the local construction materials industry, setting up the first K Wah company in 1955, and undertaking major land reclamation projects in East Kowloon to create building sites and construct roads. He became known as the “king of the quarry” after winning quarrying rights in the 60s and introducing machinery to the industry. He went […]

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Technical Education and Training in Hong Kong – a brief account

A Brief Account of the Accompanying Role Played by Technical Education and Training By Dan Waters Early British Hong Kong: As early as 1863 vocational training in carpentry, tailoring, shoemaking, printing, bookbinding and gardening were provided for a maximum of 30 boys by the Catholic Church led by Father Raimondi not far from Mission House in Wellington Street. In the 1870s […]

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Lam Leung Tim, Forward Winsome Industries, SCMP article

HF: The Sunday Morning Post of 1st November 2015 contained an article about Lam Leung Tim, whose company Forward Winsome can be traced back to the years immediately after WW2. The article provides biographical details about Mr Lam from his birth on 30th March 1924 at a hospital in Wanchai. He is now 91 so he has had a long and […]

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Chan Lim Pak – WW2 Collaborator, MD of Fook Hing Oil Refinery Co + dramatic death…

HF: New information added by Chris – image of Chan and source, and further information in his comments added to the main article. And HF re Chan’s  death near Brothers Islands. Chan Lim Pak (also, Chan Pok Yim) was born in 1884 in Nanhai ( Namhoi) Guandong and died on 24th December 1944. Details of his dramatic life can be […]

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Fook Hing Oil Company and Chan Lim Pak, Japanese collaborator

York Lo: For more details about Fook Hing Oil, please refer to Stanley Kwan’s “The Dragon and the Crown: Hong Kong Memoirs”. Stanley – better known as the father of the Hang Seng Index – was actually related to Chan Lim Pak by marriage – his father in law Chan Yue-chik was Chan Limpak’s 9th uncle. (Yuechik’s father and Limpak’s grandfather […]

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William Lysaught & Sons, The Wanchai Machinery Godowns and Engineering Establishment – around 1897

Patricia O’Sullivan asks if anyone has knowledge of any relations of William Lysaught (1835-1910), born Co. Cork, Ireland. Lysaught was an Inspector in the Naval Dockyard Police HK, and owner of William Lysaught & Sons, Wanchai Machinery Godowns and Engineering Establishment, which as this May 1897 advert shows had premises at 1 to 8 Cross Lane in Wanchai at that time. […]

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Amoy Canning – Cheng Yum Kwai Senior Manager, Production, Amoy Food Limited

HF: Cheng Yum Kwai was born in 1947 in Xiamen. When he moved to Hong Kong with his family the following year, his father was working in Amoy Canning Corporation Ltd’s (Amoy’s) building department. The family subsequently lived in an Amoy-own Ngau Tau Kok village house. Cheng Yum Kwai was educated at Amoy Workers’ Children School and Bethel High School, dropping […]

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