The “Shatin Hat Factory”, pre and post WW2, interview with son of two workers

HF: The HK Memory Project includes a 2010 interview with Hui Chor Tin whose parents worked at Shatin Hat Factory both before and after WW2. The full interview, in Cantonese, is linked below along with an English transcript. Here is an edited extract: “Hui Chor Tin was born on 16 December, 1949, on the second floor at 52 Nga Tsin […]

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Leung Man Kwong (梁文廣) – clearance of HK harbour post WW2 and founder of Universal Dockyards

Stephen Davies: The founder of Universal Dockyards (now within the UDL Group) was Mr Leung Man Kwong (梁文廣, b. unknown-d.1966), who I’ve been trying to track down for ages and have at last managed to via this website. Mr Leung was the boss of 80 divers, shipwrights, blacksmiths and other salvage workers, who were on hand in late 1945/early 1946 (they’d […]

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Sam Lee Shop selling quarry stone, Shaukiwan, 1840s

HF: This Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) Appraisal mentions that Tsang Koon-man (曾貫萬, 1808-1894), nicknamed Tsang Sam-li (曾三利) came to Hong Kong and “set up his quarry business in Shaukiwan having his shop called Sam Lee Quarry (三利石行)”. Does this mean the quarry was called Sam Lee? The shop [?] was called Sam Lee, and what did it sell? Or both? Or […]

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Alfred Herbert Rennie

Biography Of Alfred Herbert Rennie b. 17th November 1857 Ontario, Canada.   d. 14th April 1908 Hong Kong. Here I am primarily concerned with the time Rennie spent in Hong Kong when he established the Kongkong Milling Company. For more information about the man a very useful source is: ‘The Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography’ listed below. For further information about […]

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William MacGregor Smith (Wahee, Smith & Co.) c1831- c1907

York Lo has sent the following information about William MacGregor Smith. He was the Smith in Wahee, Smith & Co which in turn became The China Sugar Refinery. Smith is buried in HK cemetery – the tombstone states he was 76 (and was erected in 1907) and was from Scotland. On page 50 of Carl Smith’s book Chinese Christians there is […]

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Fresnel Lenses – Barbier, Benard & Turenne – AGA and Waglan lighthouse…

HF: Barbier, Benard and Turenne (BBT) was a French company founded in 1862. It specialized in the manufacture of lights, optical devices and lighting systems. And complete lighthouses including the one on Hong Kong’s Waglan Island. The lighthouse incorporated Fresnel lenses. The Swedish Company AGA was later involved as was its UK subsidiary Pharos Marine. I didn’t know the name […]

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The I-Feng Enamelling Company – details about associated family members

York Lo has sent biographical details of Tung Chi-fu, John Tung Chi-ying, Tung Hong-ying and other members of the family who founded and were associated with The I-Feng Enamelling Company and Freezinhot Bottle Co., Ltd. He also mentions others who were not family members but involved in other companies specially in Shanghai. York Lo: The founder of I-Feng, Tung Chi-fu (董吉甫, or […]

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Syd’s Last Pirate: ‘Chic’ Eather’s biography – Cathay Pacific, Kai Tak, Jamco and Haeco

Captain Charles ‘Chic’ Eather, born 1920, has had a long life.  A great part of his working life was spent in aviation and much of this was connected to Cathay Pacific, Kai Tak airport and aircraft maintenance companies at the airport post WW2 and up to his retirement in 1975. His biography Syd’s Last Pirate was published as a CD-Rom. […]

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Dan Waters – HK Construction Industry Award and Lingnan Honorary Fellowship

HF: Double congratulations to Dan Waters (Dr Deric Daniel Waters) who on the 12th September  at the Chartered Institute of Building’s  Annual Dinner in Hong Kong was presented with a Construction Industry Honorary Award. Dan is also going to be made an Honorary Fellow of Lingnan University, HK, at a ceremony on Monday 13th October 2014 Dan was the first […]

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‘Chic Eather’s’ website – Early balloon/plane flights in HK, Kai Tak and much more!

HF: Charles ‘Chic’  Eather was born on 2nd August 1920 in Sydney Australia. He has had a full life and was an airline pilot for Ansett Airways and Cathay Pacific retiring from the latter in 1975. Chic has a large website, packed with mostly aviation related information and images. Of great interest to to us are the following: – On […]

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