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Caldbeck Macgregor – Out from Shanghai

Posted: September 1st, 2016 | 3 Comments »

The wines and spirits distributor Caldbeck Macgregor is intrinsically linked with Shanghai – you can still their old HQ down on Foochow Road (Fuzhou Road) and I blogged about it way back when (here). Caldbeck Macgregor was early in Shanghai – establishing in 1864 (as George Smith & Co.) and serving thirsty taipans right from the early years of the treaty port. The company assumed the name Caldbeck Macgregor in 1883. However, they soon spread out across South East Asia and today are most commonly associated with Malaysia. Still, here, from 1928, some Caldbeck Macgregor ads for their Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur outposts (though still a company incorporated in Shanghai)…


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3 Comments on “Caldbeck Macgregor – Out from Shanghai”

  1. 1 Paul Cheng said at 7:39 am on June 4th, 2017:

    Dear Sir:

    This is such a small world. My father worked as head of house servant for Mr. & Mrs. P.G. Strickland; managing director and nephew to the Calbeck Macgregor clan.

    The Macgregors had Johnny Walker, Dewar’s, 7 Up franchise etc. in H.K. back in the 1950s until Mr. Strickland retired.

    After we moved to Canada, we wrote regularly to Mr. Strickland. He would write that he is the last of the methuselahs.

    The Stricklands passed away many years ago. My father passed away over 10 years ago. I just retired recently from Aramco. So thot you might like to know this part of the Macgregor history before it fades into obscurity. I still have pictures from old H.K. if you are interested.


    Paul Cheng
    519 709 2091

  2. 2 Paul French said at 5:25 pm on June 6th, 2017:

    thank you Paul – great story – and yes, I’d love to see any photos – do send to my private email address – paul@chinarhyming.com

  3. 3 Nancy Forsell said at 12:29 pm on March 9th, 2021:

    I’d love to see some of the old photos of Hong Kong from Paul Cheng. I’m a distant relative of the MacGregor group.
    Very interesting article and photos. Thank you. Read the one from 2010 blog too.

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