Murray Battery [c.1841-1947]
Year completed: Approximate.
Condition at last visit: Demolished.
Date of last visit: Nov-2014.
- 1846: Map of Victoria HK. Handwritten amendment to Murray Bty: 9 guns to 6 guns. (WO 78/479).
- 1851: 6 guns, 1 Howitzer. (WO 78/456).
- 1854: 6 x 24 pdr, 3 x 10" mortars. (WO 78/481).
- 1871: Outline Plan. Positions for 5 guns and 4 mortar bases. (WO 78/2362).
- 1882: 1 gun pivot mount, 2 limited swivel, 2 sliding ramp, 4 mortar positions. (WO 78/2813).
- 1894: 1 x 64 pdr RML gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1897: 1 x 64 pdr RML gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1897: Map of Victoria HK shows a large part of the southern section of the Bty had been removed during the construction of Lower Albert Road. (MPHH 1/412).
- 1900: 1 x 64 pdr RML gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1901: Not listed.
- 1920: Site transferred to the Colonial Government. (WO 78/6009).
For a background to these notes, and a glossary of terms used, please see: http://gwulo.com/node/24630
Additional notes from Annelise:
I'm going to declare that "The Battery" was the structure built to hold the cannon. It is still shown on the 1924 map. Un-used though it may have been, I'll use the construction of the West Wing as the demolition date.
Who knows, the Murray Battery may be underneath it all and not demolished at all.
"Protected by the Murray battery at Hong-kong, Jardine's receiving ship, the Bomanjee Hormusjee, could dispense with the crew and armament it had formerly needed at Cumsingmoon and save almost $2,000 a month in salaries alone."