Named after: Sir Matthew Nathan, Governor of Hong Kong (1904-07)
Nathan Road was developed in several phases.
- 18??: Street first laid out.
A comment below links to an article that gives the construction date as 1865, but without any sources.
The earliest map at http://www.hkmaps.hk/mapviewer.html that shows any part of this road is the 1888 map. It shows the southern end of the road was roughly where the junction with Middle Road is today. At that time it was a sandy beach at the southern end of the peninsula. The road ran north in a straight line along its present route til it reached today's junction with Austin Road. From there the road continued north then west to Yau Ma Tei, but following a different course than the modern road.
- 18??: Street named
Originally it was named Robinson Road. Of course there was also a Robinson Road on Hong Kong island, so this would cause trouble later.
- 1???: Street extended north from Austin Road to Market Street
- 190?: Street extended south across the newly reclaimed land, to reach the junction with Salisbury Road.
- 1908: Street extended north from Market Street to Waterloo Road (see point 76 in PWD 1908 AR)
- 1909: Street renamed.
The name changed from Robinson Road to Nathan Road. (The announcement appeared in the March 1909 issue of the Gov't Gazette. "Nathan Road" is also used in the PWD's Annual Report for 1908, but that was only completed in May 1909, after the Gazette announcement.)
- 1909: Street extended north from Waterloo Road to Kowloon Farm Lot 2 (today's Soy Street, see point 79.ii in PWD 1909 AR.)
- 191?: The section north of Waterloo Road became Coronation Road.
- 1926: Nathan Road absorbed what used to be Coronation Road, and the Coronation Road name was dropped. (See Item 329 in the Gov't Gazette for June 18, 1926, which announces the numbering of buildings along Nathan Road north of Waterloo Road, "formerly Coronation Road".) The northernmost point of the extended Nathan Road road in that document is some Crown Land north of Mong Kok Road.
- 19??: To be continued ...
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