Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, aerial photos 1973, 1982 and 2013

HF: These aerial photographs show the Lok On Pai desalting plant in 1973, 1982 and 2013. The plant opened in 1973 and closed in 1981 so the photos show it in the year of being commissioned, the year after its closure and last year. Related Indhhk articles: Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981 Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981 – […]

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Sir Alexander Binnie, Binnie & Partners

HF:  The engineerng consultancy Binnie & Partners, though British, has had a close connection to Hong Kong through several large-scale engineering projects. From the late 1990s it has been part of the multi-national consultancy Black and Veatch which has its HK office  in Ngau Tau Kok. In 1909 AR Binnie and Son merged with another UK engineering consultancy to become […]

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The Shing Mun (Jubilee) Reservoir

HF: This initial article about the Shing Mun Reservoir relies heavily on information found on the Water Supplies Department website linked below. Shing Mun was known for a time as the Jubilee Reservoir to celebrate the silver jubilee of King George V in 1935. The Shing Mun valley in which the reservoir is located has an interesting history in part connected […]

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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 reponse 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 past […]

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Binnie & Partners, engineering consultancy, Hong Kong reservoirs and more…

HF:  In 1909 Sir AR Binnie and Son merged with another UK engineering consultancy to become Sir Alexander Binnie, Son and Deacon. Later later this company became Binnie &  Partners and from the 1990s it has been part of the multi-national Black and Veatch consultancy. Binnie & Partners had a close connection to Hong Kong from 1930. The company was involved […]

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CLP A Century of Light – how power was brought to Kowloon and the New Territories

Amelia Allsop,  Manager – Collections and Research at the Hong Kong Heritage Project, has sent A Century of Light – CLP Centenary Souvenir Book linked below covering the period 1901-2001. Amelia was kindly responding to an enquiry as to whether the Project has any information about Tai O Power Company which had been known as Tai O Union Electric Company. […]

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World War Two – BAAG reports – Batch 3 – HSBC lions, Tricycle taxis, Industrial companies and much more…

Elizabeth Ride has sent a further sample of British Army Aid Group reports sent during during the Japanese occupation of HK in WW2. HF: There are many industrial references including companies, factories, transport, utilties… I have given each file Elizabeth sent a new name, dates where known and a brief summary of contents. WIS = Waichow Intelligence Summary   KWIZ […]

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Submarine Cables – Maps 1901 + 1991 worldwide / Hong Kong networks

HF: Bill Burns runs a fascinating and detailed website about the history of submarine communication cables (linked at the end of this article). He has kindly sent four maps related to the worldwide network of such cables in 1991 and 1991. Two of the maps are centred on Hong Kong. The first is a 1901 World Map of “Grandes Communications […]

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Eastern Extension Telegraph Company – linking HK to the world

HF: The article containing the report, The Causes and Effects of the Present Trade Depression in HK 1935 mentions The Eastern Extension Telegraph Company Ltd and its manager, a Mr Carter. Curious about the history of submarine communication cables linking Hong Kong and the rest of the world I discovered  an absorbing website run by Bill Burns. This goes under […]

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World War Two – BAAG reports – Batch 2 – HK industry, factories, mines, CLP…

Elizabeth Ride has sent a further sample of British Army Aid Group reports sent during during the Japanese occupation of HK in WW2. HF: There are many industrial references. Well known companies such as China Light & Power as well as smaller concerns such as those producing oil ,boat diesel engines and acids. Mines reopened by the Japanese. What was […]

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