George Benjamin Dodwell, 1851-1925, Prominent Hong Kong merchant and shipowner

George Benjamin Dodwell Image Wikipedia

Dodwell & Co. (天祥洋行) or Dodwell’s, was one of the leading British merchant firms, or hongs, active in Hong Kong, China and Japan during the 19th and 20th century. It was a direct rival to Jardine, Matheson & Co., Dent & Co., and Russell & Co. Swire oulived the latter two and remains a major commercial power in Hong Kong, China and […]

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Emcolon Fashion Wigs (愛其麗免恤髮品)

Emcolon Fashion Wigs Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Emcolon Fashion Wigs (愛其麗免恤髮品) Emcolon Wigs lucky draw at the 27th HK Products Expo in 1969-70. Nelson Lee (left) assisting Chuang Chung-wen of Chuang’s Cutlery and CMA (centre) who was the guest of honor. (HK Memory) One of the wig manufacturers that was not covered in an earlier article on the HK wig industry [see link below], is […]

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Messrs Barretto & Co – managers of The Imperial Brewing Company 1907

Hugh Farmer: “The boycott of American flour by the Chinese in 1905–6 gave a big fillip to the trade in Australian flour, and prominent amongst the firms to benefit by this were Messrs. Barretto & Co., whose business was established, in 1895, by Messrs. A. A. H. Botelho and F. D. Barretto. The headquarters are in Queen’s Buildings, and as merchants, […]

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Swire BFI Waste Services Ltd – opening of third transfer station in Shatin

Swire BFI Waste Services Ltd Detail Image Of 3rd Station Heading Waste Management 1995 From IDJ

Some brief notes on the Swire Waste Services Ltd. Swire BFI Waste Services Ltd was apparently formed in 1987 as a 50:50 joint venture with Browning Ferris Industries. I am assuming, until corrected that BFI refers to Browning- Ferris Industries a North American waste management company that was disbanded in 1999. In 1993 Swire BFI won a 50-year landfill management contract in […]

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Hong Kong Industry during World War One

HF:  This is an initial attempt to analyse the impact of World War One on industry in Hong Kong. First some rather surprising evidence of pro-German feelings immediately prior to the outbreak of WW1. During research at the national archives in Berlin for his forthcoming book, The Germans and Hong Kong, 1843-1997, Bert Becker, associate professor of history at the […]

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Arnhold, Karberg & Company – founded in Hong Kong, 1866

Arnhold Karberg Building, Straigfht On, South Street, Shamian Island, Guangzhou Nick Kitto

HF: The venerable firm of Arnholds, Karberg Company was founded in 1866 and I believe has had a continuous presence in Hong Kong, barring when it was liquidated during World War One, currently as Arnhold which deals in building materials and engineering equipment distribution. The early days of the company were written about by the equally venerated Hong Kong historian Carl Smith […]

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The Sim family and Yu Chun Loong Canning (裕全隆罐頭公司)

The Sim Family And Yu Chun Canning Image 2 Detail George Sim York Lo

York Lo: The Sim family and Yu Chun Loong Canning (裕全隆罐頭公司) Ad of Yu Chun Loong listing all the canned goods it manufactured in the late 1940s (HK Factory Survey) Founded in 1907, Yu Chun Loong Canning Co (also written as Yu Chun Loong Cannery) was one of the earliest, if not the oldest cannery in Hong Kong. Its founder […]

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The Signal Tower, Blackhead Point – link to Blackhead and Company

Signal Tower At Blackhead Point, Tsim Sha Tsui. The 109th Declared Monument.

The Signal Tower in the Signal Hill Garden at Blackhead Point was built in 1907 by the Hong Kong Observatory to house a time-ball apparatus that was previously located in the nearby Round House of the Former Marine Police Headquarters. [Nick Kitto points out: the time-ball is still visible at the  Marine Police Headquarters in TST. HF:Blackhead Point (黑頭山, lit. […]

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