Tse Tsan Tai, 謝纘泰, co-founder of the South China Morning Post and…

HF: Tse Tsan Tai, 謝纘泰,  16th May 1872 – 4th April 1938),  was one of the earliest Chinese revolutionaries of the late Qing Dynasty and co-founded the South China Morning Post. A man with a wide range of interests. Tse Tsan Tai was born in Sydney, Australia on 16th May 1872 the son of Tse Yat Chong, a native of Kaiping County Guandong […]

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Sun Hing restaurant Kennedy Town, traditional art of handmaking dim sum dying?

HF: The SCMP of 25th December 2015 contained the article, Saving dim sum: How a determined group of Hong Kong chefs are refusing to let the city’s culinary traditions die. The article begins: For the past 60 years, Chui Hoi has risen in the early hours of the morning to prepare bite-size steamed morsels for his small but popular dim sum […]

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The managing agency system in India, China (and Hong Kong?)

Carles Brasó: According to an article written by David M. Swan, Jardine Matheson concerns in China developed a particular kind of control method named “managing agency system”. Industrial companies were not subsidiaries of the main company but had its own shareholder structure and charter of association. They kept this system in the diverse sectors such as silk, sugar, brewing, egg processing, […]

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The Construction of the Big Buddha, Lantau Island – further information

HF: The Po Lin Monastery website provides additional information to that provided in the paper published in The Structural Engineer, Vol 73, No. 17, 5th September 1995 sent by IDJ and linked below. The PLM article is divided into a number of sections. I have extracted initial paragraphs and images of particular interest: Genesis – background Buddhist information Design of the […]

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SMS Emden: the “Kaiser’s pirate ship” Hong Kong’s favourite foe, WW1

HF: Stuart Heaver wrote a fascinating article in the Sunday Post Magazine of 26th January 2014. The subject being the SMS Emden, a German cruiser which was a frequent visitor to Hong Kong before the outbreak of World War One. As Stuart writes: German merchants were well represented in commercial shipping circles in Hong Kong: Melchers & Co had been founded […]

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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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Central Market, second generation, 1895 photographs

Paul Onslow has kindly sent these images of the Central Market taken by an unknown photographer in 1895. The market opened in that year so presumably they were taken immediately after its completion. The Market was demolished in 1937. Construction of the current market began in 1938 and was completed in 1939 opening on 1st May. This closed in 2003 […]

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China Daily article – growing trend of collecting HK industrial memorabilia

HF: The China Daily, HK Edition, of 8th September 2015 contained the second of a planned series of articles about what is seen as an “explosion of interest of material related to the city’s industrial past”. The article by Chitralekha Basu includes…Last July, the Hong Kong Museum of History launched a campaign to collect from members of the public, “manufactured goods, […]

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