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Wong Kwong

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Wong Kwong (1875-1934)

1934 Obituary [1]

WONG KWONG carried out pioneer work in China in the establishment of shipbuilding and bridge-building works.

He was born at Hong Kong in 1875, and received his general education at Queen's College, Hong Kong, and his technical education privately.

In 1889 he commenced a five years' apprenticeship at the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Company, Hong Kong. He was attached to Lloyd's Register in Hong Kong as a clerk and draughtsman from 1895 to 1899, when he joined the Shanghai Engineering, Shipbuilding and Docks Company, as a draughtsman.

In 1901 he was appointed chief draughtsman at Messrs. W. S. Bailey and Company's shipyard at Hong Kong and was responsible for the design and construction both of the hulls and machinery of various vessels, including passenger steamships for the Canton—Hong Kong services, of which the Kwong Chow was the largest passenger steamship constructed in China at that period.

He became general manager of the Yangtse Engineering Works at Hankow on their opening in 1907, and was responsible for the erection of the entire plant for shipbuilding and the production of machinery and structural steel- work; the works included what was then the only bridge-building shop in China. He installed a 100-ton blast furnace in 1916.

Mr. Wong Kwong was in 1930 appointed managing director of the Sui Fung Press Packing Company and was responsible for the installation of their machinery and plant.

His death occurred on 21st September 1931.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1909 and was also a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects.

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