Wells and streams channels on HK Island

I have been conducting some research on the early water supply of Victoria City, and came across descriptions about the construction of 4 wells by the British government, as well as many more others by locals and foreign residents (For e.g. research publication by Dr. Pui-yin Ho from CUHK). Anyone knows where I could find historical images of such wells? Are there any remnants left at present?

 

I have also come across some old channelized streams when I was walking around the Mid-levels. These stream channels have edges and ornamental features built by stone, for e.g. Robinson Road / Castle Road / around HKU. I wonder when stream channels in the Mid-levels started to be built, and whether they are solely for stormwater drainage, or whether they have played other roles in the early history of Hong Kong. 

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Thse are interesting questions. Have you been in touch with the Water Supplies Department to see if they have any answers? They only have a brief history online, http://www.wsd.gov.hk/en/education/history/wsd_milestone/index.html, but maybe they've done further research or can put you in touch with someone who has.

I've read of wells, eg the well at the old Chartered Bank was re-opened in December 1941 after mains water supplies were cut off during the fighting.I haven't seen any photos though.

The process of converting a stream into a stone-lined nullah is referred to as "training" in the old government documents, so you may find references to that in HKGRO. A quick search returned a result from 1890, Government notice 365, asking for tenders to train the Albany Nullah: http://sunzi.lib.hku.hk/hkgro/view/g1890/656353.pdf

Please let us know what you discover,

Regards, David