Demolished / No longer exists
Date closed / demolished
(Year is approximate.)
Year completed is: Accurate
Condition at last visit: Demolished
Date of last visit: Apr-1998
- 1888: Construction commenced in August, estimated cost £3,000. (WO 78/5363).
- 1890: Construction completed in October, actual cost £4,079. (WO 78/5363).
- 1890: Initial Armament: 1 x 9.2" BL Mk IV gun on RCD mounting. (WO 78/5363).
- 1894: 1 x 9.2" BL gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1897: 1 x 9.2" BL gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1900: 1 x 9.2" BL gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1901: 1 x 9.2" BL gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1903: 1 x 9.2" BL gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1904: 1 x 9.2" BL gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1905: 1 x 9.2" BL gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1906: 1 x 9.2" BL gun. (CAB 11/57).
- 1907: 1 x 9.2" BL gun, to be reduced. (CAB 11/57).
- 1909: Not listed.
- 1920: Land 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
Re: Victoria Battery
I have a faint impression that the location of this battery now sits the resident of the University Lodge. I remember reading from some newspapers that there is an old canon on display in there somewhere.
re: Victoria Battery
Hi Thomas, you're right - I walked up there this morning and passed the gun. Here's the note from the Guns & Gunners of Hong Kong book:
About 1965 a house for the Vice Chancellor of the Hong Kong University was built upon the site. The builiders were hampered by the fact that the old 10 inch gun barrel was still there. ((Earlier in the notes he describes the gun as a '9.2 inch BL Mark IV' model.)) The University authorities tried to get the army to move it but with no success. Eventually it was decided to incorporate it into the garden and it is mounted on a stone plinth and has an explanatory plaque attached to it. No signs of the battery buildings can be found or the gun pit but it is certain that it was quite close to where the gun is now.
1920 Land Office Report
The remaning portion of Victoria Battery was transferred by the Military Authorities to the Government in 1920.
A photo of Victoria Battery a
A photo of Victoria Battery a few years after decommissioning has been posted by Jan Schultheiss: