Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981 – mystery of non-demolition of main building

New information in red. Thomas Ngan recently posted these comments in response to the article, Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981. a) The main building still exists today. Only the chimneys and the generators have been demolished/removed. The lot has been occupied as a weekend/holiday flea market for quite a few years. Don’t know what might have happened in the […]

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Town Island (伙頭墳洲) – CLP Renewable Energy Supply Project

James Chan: Town Island (伙頭墳洲 Fo Tau Fan Chau), also known as Dawn Island is an island located south of the former High Island in Sai Kung District. A drug rehabilitation centre was established on the island in 1976 which is run by Operation Dawn. “Located off Sai Kung and without connection to the power grid, the Island used to rely […]

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Charles Herbert Arnhold, Arnhold & Company Ltd

Notice Arnhold, Karberg & Co. 1866

HF: Initial notes on Charles Herbert Arnhold. I have been unable to find an image of the gentleman, whose connection to Arnhold & Company Ltd, is the subject of this article, and would be grateful to any reader who can send me one. Further up Hong Kong’s Peak, an event of vast importance for the future of the firm took […]

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Hong Kong Water Supply Shek Pik Reservoir – Part 2 Reservoir Construction

Shek Pik

Tymon Mellor: With continued water shortages on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, pressure was on the Shek Pik construction team to complete the reservoir as fast as possible. The situation was so bad that during a particularly bad drought in the summer of 1963, the Government hired 13 tankers to ferry water from the Pearl River to a new terminal […]

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Hong Kong Water Supply – Shek Lei Pui and Kowloon Byewash Reservoir

Kowloon Bywash

Tymon Mellor: With the growing population in both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon there was a growing demand for drinking water, the existing supplies, primarily the Tai Tam reservoirs and Kowloon Reservoir were insufficient to meet such needs. With the failure of the spring rains, water famine became a common occurrence, and a quick fix was required. Water Shortages Following […]

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Water supply for boats, Lai Chi Kok, early 20th century

Tymon Mellor: As a key trading port for Southern China, Hong Kong harbour has always been full of boats stocking up for the next long journey. One question has always puzzled me, where did they get their fresh water? A look at the original maps of Kowloon provides an answer. The first map of Kowloon and the New Territories was […]

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