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Original Wah Yan College, Kowloon

Original Wah Yan College, Kowloon

Premieses of Tak Yan School at No.2 Nelson St / No. 61 Tung Choi St, Mongkok, which was Wah Yan College, Kowloon, built by Peter Tsui in 1927/28.  A mortgage was obtained from the Ho Hang Bank (later becoming the Overseas Chinese Bank).   Photo late-1950s; source unknown.

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Sunday, January 1, 1956


Just before the Japanese invasion, Wah Yan College Kowloon expanded its senior section to 103 Austin Road; which became Tak Sun School Post-war. The old building has since been rebuilt. 

Thanks Lawrence.  Do you know if there was any official connection between Tak Yan and Wah Yan after the Jesuits took over the latter?

The centenary of Wah Yan College Hong Kong is coming up, would you be interested in writing a book about the history of the Wah Yan Colleges?

After founding Wah Yan College, Hong Kong (WYHK), and attaining success by 1924, Peter Tsui recruited a Partner Andrew Lim Hoi-lan.  He offered Lim equal partnership without equity investment.  Lim was appointed Headmaster of WYHK, while Peter Tsui became the Director.  Tsui went on to develop WYC Kowloon (WYK) which was also rapidly successful.  He built devoted premiese at the Nelson / Tung Choi St site for it.  When WYHK was handed over to the Jesuits to operate in 1933, the partnership between Tsui & Lim also desolved.  As part of the settlement, Lim was to cross over to operate WYK renting the premises from Tsui.  In 1946, the DoEducation encouraged Lim to handover WYK to the Jesuits to operate which he did.  Lim was retained as Headmaster of WYK.  The Jesuits operated WYK at the premises until circa 1954 when the school was moved to Waterloo Road. Lim started up his own Tak Yan School renting the Nelson Rd premises from Tsui. 

Thanks Lawrence for the history of Tak Yan College at Nelson.  I attended briefly Tak Yan in mid1950s so students from that era will remember its tasty red-bean congee, and pancakes with syrup made by a street vendour.  The scary thing was the sight of madam's thick ruler which fortunately never reached me perhaps because I sat in the back row.