Night soil collection in Hong Kong – honey buckets…information needed

IDJ wrote in reponse to our article, “Worst industrial jobs in UK’s history”, linked below – Hong Kong’s own list? “naturally Night Soil Collector. This task went on certainly during my time in HK primarily servicing Western District’s old properties with no drains or sewage pipe-work. I recall it was all dumped into barges at Kennedy Town and taken out to sea for dumping. […]

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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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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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Dredging Marine Sand – Container Terminal 6, 1987 article

James Chan: The Geological Society of HK Newsletter Vol 5 (2) published in 1987 contains this article about what I think is a new subject for the website. The dredging was done by the Dutch company Hollandsche Aanneming Maatschappij, better known as HAM. Source: The Geological Society of Hong Kong Newsletter 1987 Vol 5 (2)  See: The Geological Society of […]

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Orient Tobacco Manufactory – pricelists and (Central?) shop

Edward Schneider, Carl Ingenohl’s great-grandson, has sent these two pricelists and an undated but considerably later photograph of Orient Tobacco Manufactory’s outlet in Hong Kong. Carl Ingenohl was the owner of the company and further information about both man, company and Hong Kong factory can be found in several articles linked below. If you can add anything about the OTC […]

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Nam Wah Ink Company – Wellington Street shop closure SCMP March 2014

HF: The SCMP had an interesting article about the closing of a company which was founded in 1948: “Cans of printing ink line the teak shelves of the Nam Wah Company shop, which has been supplying local and mainland printers since before the second world war. But its long history comes to a full stop tomorrow [6th March 2014] when […]

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Orient Tobacco Manufactory – HK factory location, map and plan of works layout

Edward Schneider: The Orient Tobacco Manufactory works was on a site in Kowloon bordered by Nathan Road, Dundas Street, Soy Street and Kwong Wa Street.  It had a total surface area of 307,095 sq.ft. (approximately 3 hectares) and was registered as Lot numbers 1421 and 2629. It was acquired as a grant on 1 January 1908 for $86,124.40. The buildings cost $278,485.45. […]

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