Owners of the first Broadwood Road houses 1916-1918
I believe I now have the final line-up of the owners/residents of the earliest houses in Broadwood Road for the years 1916-1918. I have added the Gwulo links to their names, so that more of their family stories can be read. It will be apparent that several of the owners were extremely wealthy and that different nationalities and religions are represented. Some families had lived in Hong Kong for several generations and built up their wealth gradually. Whether any of the families would have been entitled to own a house on the Peak, I am not sure. Only William Anderson lived there briefly before moving back to Kowloon. My own grandfather, C.E. Warren, although English, had married a Eurasian woman and would have been debarred from residence on the Peak. Other families had Chinese heritage. There was kinship between the owners of several of the houses. Ivor Gourgey of no. 17 was the nephew of Ellis Kadoorie at no. 11; John Olson of no. 13 was the brother-in-law and business partner of Charles Warren at no. 20; Patrick Murray of no. 7 was related by marriage to Annie Bond of no. 8. The Kews and the Warrens had already been close neighbours in Caine Road in the early years of the century. Alongside the millionaires, some of the Broadwood Road families: Murrays, Walkers, Warrens, Olsons, Walters and Andersons had worked their way up the social hierarchy of Hong Kong from relatively lowly beginnings. Perhaps their descendants have stories to add.
BROADWOOD ROAD OWNERS 1916-1918
Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Hong Kong Land Investment & Agency Co., I.L. 2039. Hong Kong Land Investment & Agency Co. [1889-????]
Nos. 4 & 5 G. K. Hall Brutton I.L. 2060 & I.L. 1911. G K HALL BRUTTON [????-????]
No. 6 Dr F.H. Kew, I.L. 1946. Frederick Howard KEW (aka Fred) [1874-1952]
No. 7 “Murrivillo’, P. H. Murray, I.L. 2136. Patrick Henry MURRAY [c.1866-1927]
No. 8 “Beaumont”, Miss Margaret Annie Bond, I.L. 1947, Section L. Margaret Anne BOND [c.1878-1971]
No. 9 "Belvedere 1", Alfred Joseph Walters, I.L. 1947, Section K. Alfred Joseph WALTERS [????-c.1948]
No. 10 "Belvedere 2", Alfred Joseph Walters I.L. 1947, Section K.
No. 11 Ellis Kadoorie, I.L. 2133. Ellis KADOORIE (aka Kelly) [1865-1922]
No. 12 Lau Chu Pak I.L. 2123. Chu-Pak LAU [1867-1922]
No. 13 “Ridge House”, J. Olson I.L. 1947, Section H.
The house was continuously listed to J. Olson from 1915-1934. 1934 is the last of the Rate Books for Hong Kong “Villages”.
No. 14 “Fareham”, G.W. Gegg I. L. 1947, Section G. George William GEGG [c.1876-1920]
No. 16 C. S. Gubbay, I.L. 2128. Charles Sassoon GUBBAY [1868-1941]
No. 17 Ivor Gourgey I.L. 2127. Ivor GOURGEY [ 1884-1973]
No. 18 (originally 19) C. R. Mogra, Edulji Rustomji MOGRA [c.1873-1935] c/o Abdoolrahim “Lyndholme” I. L. 1947 Section B (1916) Abdul Hussein ABDOOLRAHIM (aka Abdoolhoosen) [????-c.1935] and in 1918-19 William Anderson – house name changed to “Gilstead”. William ANDERSON [????-????]
No. 19 “The Cottage”, S. Webb Anderson, I.L. 1947, Section A. William Jenkins WEBB ANDERSON [1870-1933] The initial “S” seems to be an error.
No. 20 “The Towers”, C. E. Warren, I.L. 1947, (retained portion). Charles Edward WARREN [1872-1923]
No. 21 C. E. Warren, I.L. 1947 Section A.