1950s Fred Evans' photos | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

1950s Fred Evans' photos

1950s Fred Evans' photos
Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Thursday, January 1, 1959


The picture shows the car park in front of the Hong Kong Star Ferry.

This is the car park that JJ Cowperthwaite refused to pay for out of Government funds, saying "If the private sector wants a car park, it can build one".

I'm pretty sure that car park was still there, unchanged, in the 1980's, by which time the cost of a days parking was considerably more than the cost of travelling into and out of Central by any other means.


I thought this picture showed the multi-storey car park behind City Hall. Reason being this photo of the building only shows a ramp leading down from the upper levels. The car park in front of the old star ferry building (which will be pulled down from what I understand) is a longer building and has another ramp that leads up at the opposite end.

see the Google Streetview Star Ferry carpark here


City Hall backstage car park here.  The City Hall low block is clearly visible.

Hi there,

Got to check out the stair case there.  I believe you were right about this.  The one next to the back stage of City Hall does not have a stair case next to the ramp.  The one in the west does.

Best Regards,


I think J is right that the carpark is the one behind the City Hall Low Block. If one counts the number of pillars supporting the ramp in Fred's photo, it matches the same number from today's Google street view.

1961 photo of the construction of City Hall.

1960s City Hall Construction




The Star Ferry Car Park opened to the public on 8 December 1957. China Mail 9 December 1957 refers. For reference, the the City Hall Car Park opened in 1961. a year before the City Hall was completed.