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4. The following particulars of Land Sales and Survey Work are taken from figures furnished by Mr King, at present in charge of this branch:-
Inland Lot 1625, to the South of Morrison Hill Road, was granted to the Natives of Northern India for a "Dharma Sala"; and Inland Lot 1613 Kennedy Town was granted to the Trustees of the Tung Wah Hospital for extensions, both under 75-year leases. There were also two free grants at Kowloon, one of 30,000 square feet to the Church Missionary Society for the erection of a Home for Chinese Girls at Kau Pui Shek; and the other of 15,000 square feet to the Hildesheim Mission for Blind Girls at To-kwa-wan.
MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC RECREATION GROUND.
27. The Wongneichong and the Queen’s Recreation Grounds have been kept in a good state of repair. On the former a portion of the turf was taken up and relaid (C.S.O. 1272/1900 and this work should be continued as opportunity offers.
MAINTENANCE OF CLOCK TOWER.
28. The Clock has been kept, cleaned and repaired by Messrs. Falconer & Co. without any exceptional expenditure.
FORMING AND CURBING STREETS.
29. The principal work done under this vote includes the forming, curbing and channelling of streets in Tai Hang New Village, the curbing and channelling of Austin Road, Kowloon, and the forming, curbing and channelling of Belcher Street from Queen’s Road West to Collinson Street.
EXTENSION OF GAS LIGHTING.
30. Under this vote, 12 new lamps were erected in Barker Road, and 6 in Pokfulam Conduit Road.
IMPROVEMENT OF GAS LIGHTING.
31. Nothing was done under this item of expenditure calling for special mention.
SIGNALLING STATION, GREEN ISLAND.
32. In order to improve the method of signalling the approach of vessels, especially those bound from the South, it was considered advisable to construct a Signalling Station on the top of Green Island (C.S.O. 501/1900) This involved the erection of a flag staff, and matshed quarters for the signalman on Green Island, also the laying of a cable between Kennedy Town and Green Island so as to establish telephonic communication between the New Station and the Harbour Office.
- The flag staff was constructed and fixed by the Dock Company, the lower mast and yard being of steel.
- The cable was laid by this Department, it is of B type, and was purchased from the Joint Telegraph Cos.
- The total cost of establishing the station was $6,777.99.
CABLE FROM CAPE D'AGUILAR TO WAGLAN ISLAND.
33. In connection with the taking over of the Lighthouse on Waglan Island by the Colonial Government it was considered necessary to lay a cable from Cape D’Aguilar to Waglan so as to bring the Lighthouse into telephonic communication with the Telegraph Cos’ Office. The Cable was purchased from the Joint Telegraph Cos. and laid on the 25th of December by the S.S. Sherard Osborn kindly lent by the Great Northern Telegraph Co. for the work. (C.S.O. 328/1900 Extension.)
PRIVATE STREETS IMPROVEMENT.
34. During the year the important work of improving private streets by concreting, channelling, draining and providing them with lighting apparatus at the owners’ expense under the authority of sections 9 and 10 of Ordinance 34 of 1899 was begun. Eleven private streets running from Queen’s Road Central to Des Voeux Road and immediately West of the Central Market, were taken in hand. Most of these streets were paved with large stone slabs which were very uneven and loose, and laid with wide joints through which water found its way and lodged underneath causing a most insanitary state of things. The drainage was inadequate, and the streets were either very badly lighted or not. lighted at all. New surfaces were formed by laying on the top of the stone paving from 4 to 6 inches of lime and cement, concrete. The Drainage was properly provided for and sufficient gas lamps erected, the total expenditure being $7,491.82 chargeable against the owners of the land abutting on the streets.
10. The following were the principal items carried out under the vote for Miscellaneous Works:-
- The extension to the General Post office authorized in C.S.O. 2298/1899 was taken in hand, and completed in November, the total amount expended including extras on the contract being $5,507.62.
11. The approaches to Belilios Reformatory were improved and the slopes turfed at a cost of S800. (C.S.O. 726/1898)
12. A public latrine of 40 seats was built in the Taipingshan District at a cost of $2,644.41.
13. A new service reservoir above Glenealy was built at the expenditure of $3,995.
14. The landing pier at Kowloon City, referred to in last year’s Annual Report, the timber work of which had become rotten and dangerous, was renewed at a cost of $2,816 additional to the sum spent in 1899.
15. The Treasury was provided with electric light for an expenditure of $407.16.
16. A new Telephone line was constructed between Government house and The Cliffs which cost $77.96.
28. Governor s Peak Residence. —The plans for this building, which promises to be the largest and handsomest building at the Peak, were prepared by Messrs. Palmer & Turner. The site and approach roads had been formed under special votes at a cost of $5,575.46. A contract for the building was let to Mr. Sang Lee for $97,715.69 and fair progress was made with the work during the year. The kitchens and servants’ quarters were nearing completion when the typhoon of 10th November occurred, and, as the masonry of the walls was unset and the roof only partly framed, considerable damage was done. The stone foundations of the main building were well advanced before the close of the year, and the woodwork of the doors and windows was in course of preparation.
29. Pokfulam Conduit Road.—This new road was carried as far as inland Lot 1,549 during the year at a cost of $9,684.73. The amount of premium from sale of sites for houses on the road has already reached $48,050, with an annual income from Crown Rent of $1,991 besides the rates and taxes. Similar results have followed the opening of all new roads in the Colony. Plans and Estimates are ready for the completion as far as a junction with Robinson Road.
30. Harlech Road.—The road from the upper Tram Station to High West, which has been thus named, was commenced (owing to an arrangement kindly suggested and carried out by His Excellency Major-General Gascoigne) by working parties of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. The earth cutting and removal of boulders was completed for three-quarters-of-a-mile by the soldiers, at a total cost of $990.61. Owing to the extravagant demands by Chinese contractors, the rock blasting and masonry works have not been commenced. It is now decided that this road should be taken over and completed by the Military Authorities, to give access to sites for batteries on High West and sites for buildings beyond and to the North of the saddle.
31. Gaol Extension.—A new wing containing 78 separate cells was completed during the year, but could not be used owing to the non-arrival from England of the special Gaol locks ordered. They have since been received. The upper yard was surfaced with concrete and covered in. The total expenditure under this heading in the year was $16,959.06.
32. Quarters for Gaol Staff.—These quarters should have been completed in the year and available for use from the 1st January, but owing to the dilatoriness of the contractor were unfinished, The brickwork is completed and the roofs are being fixed. The total expenditure in the year was $20,855.93.