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Soy factory, Yau Ma Tei / Fo Pang [????-c.1949]

Date Place demolished: 
c.1949-12-12 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

Marked on the 1920 Kowloon map, as being located in the Fo Pang area. The site is part of a larger area now occupied by Wah Yan College (Kowloon).  According to the school's "History of WYK" website, a "groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus at 56 Waterloo Road" was held in 1950, so it is likely the soy factory no longer existed by then.


Nanyang Brothers Tobacco Factory, Wanchai Road [1918-????]

Date Place completed: 
c.1918-12-31 (Month, Day are approximate)

The building is mentioned in the PWD's annual reports:

Ginger factories on K.I.L. 629 and K.I.L. 631, Yau Ma Tei [????-????]

Two adjacent factories, located on K.I.L. 629 and 631, on two rectangles of land bordered by Station St (now Shanghai St), Nathan Rd, Waterloo Rd and Man Ming Lane (with Portland St running down the middle), in Yau Ma Tei. Shown on the 1896 and 1903 Kowloon maps, but unclear whether still shown on the 1920 Kowloon map.

These two factories may or may not have been owned by the same company - yet to be established.

Ginger factory, Kowloon [c.1894- ]

Date Place completed: 
c.1894-12-12 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

Located on K.I.L. 49, at the corner of Temple St and Nanking St, Kowloon (see 1896 & 1920 Kowloon Maps)

Nanyang Brothers Tobacco Factory, To Kwa Wan/Ma Tau Kok [c.1914-c.1999]

Date Place completed: 
c.1914-12-12 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1999-12-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

A photo of the 'factories of Nanyan [sic] Brothers Tobacco Co. Ltd. at Sung Wong Toi Road, c.1915' appears on p.78 of A Century of Kowloon Roads and Streets (Joint Publishing (HK), 2000). It looks to have been located very close to the waterfront, but the precise location is not yet known. Demolition started in 1999 for a major redevelopment of both this site and the Tien Chu factory (source: South China Morning Post, 'To Kwa Wan's $6bn project begins', 1 December 1999)

Tien Chu chemicals factory, Ma Tau Kok/To Kwa Wan [c.1937-????]

Date Place completed: 
c.1937-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

A large factory of the Tien Chu Chemical Industries (HK) Ltd was located at 72 Pak Tai Street, Ma Tau Kok/To Kwa Wan and is marked on the 1956 Kowloon map. It occupied a 200,000 ft2 site, and manufactured food additives/powders and raw chemicals, including caustic soda and hydrochloric acid.

It is also referred to as Tien Chu Ve-Tsin Chemical Industries Company.



Industrial History of HK website: https://industrialhistoryhk.org/tien-chu-company/ 

1960 - apartments and travelling from Canton to Hong Kong

Hi everyone! A few questions. How would someone travel from Canton to Hong Kong in the late 50s-early 60s? Which ports in Canton and HK would have been used? My grandma moved to HK in 1961 aged 20. She worked as an accountant at a factory that made leather gloves - any ideas of where abouts this factory would have been?

Also, does anyone have any pictures/experience of living in an apartment at that time, and what were they like? I know most people here are probably white middle class, but I am interested in seeing apartments that the Chinese would have lived in.

Ice Works of the Hongkong Ice Company 1900s

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 

Ice Works Causeway Bay [c.1874-c.1974]

Date Place completed: 
c.1874-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1974-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

For details see Hongkong Ice Company, Ltd.

In about 1874, the factory started ice production with its first machine at Causeway Bay (Great George Street at the praya). The company was sold to Messrs. Jardine, Matheson & Co in 1879. 

Industrial heritage in Hong Kong

I am putting together a list of past industrial sites (and some present ones) in Hong Kong, with links to the relevant Gwulo pages (or if there is no dedicated Gwulo page for them yet, Public Works Department Annual Reports). There is already a very comprehensive list on the Industrial History of Hong Kong website - my list is just trying to group together relevant Gwulo pages and PWD sources.  For now, I have not included sites such as godowns, wharves, piers, electricity substations, etc as they are so numerous that it would be a time-consuming task.


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