Tai Tam Police Station (?) [c.1919- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Tai Tam Police Station (?) [c.1919- ]

Current condition: 
Date Place completed: 
c.1919-11-30 (Year is approximate)

I had no knowledge of this location. But it appeared on the War Office Map Tai Tam area, denoted by 'Police Sta.' Near Gauge Basin and the Tai Tam Bungalow


Anyone have any info on this? I have never seen any remenants of this site, nor heard of it before.



Could they have mis-printed pumping station?

It would be a very odd place to have a police post, let alone a station unless this was a WSD police/security post of some sort?

Not a police station that normally comes to mind. Had a quick glance through HKGRO. There is a mention of a Taitam Police Station and a Tytam Tuk Police Station in 1892 and 1934 respectively. Not sure if they were the same police station.

It's the red brick, single storey building that lies a few meters off and to the right of the road as it climbs the hill from Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir, just before it reaches the Byewash Reservoir.

I've nudged the marker a short distance north-west so it's over the building on the old map:


Saw that building today. There is a sign that says building is from 1920s and they believe it was a police station. But why would there be a police station in this location? And what is that weird low building next to It? 

Hello I’m purely thinking out loud here - and I may be completely wrong - but I would like to put forward a suggestion regarding why the authorities may have erected a Police Station in such a remote area.

When the Government constructed reservoirs on the island, Hong Kong was nowhere near as heavily forested as it is now. Villagers had, for centuries, used wood for such purposes as fuel for cooking and heating and also the manufacture of charcoal, to name but two.

The authorities had, therefore, been required to plant trees around these reservoirs to prevent spoil from the hillsides being washed down and silting them up during the rainy season. In order to prevent these trees from being cut down, the authorities had to employ police officers to patrol the hillsides surrounding the reservoirs and arrest miscreants.

Indeed, near the entrance barrier to Hong Kong’s first reservoir, (Pokfulam), is the original “Watchman’s House,” now used by the W.S.D. There is a photograph on display outside showing a European Police Sergeant, (together with his wife), and Chinese and Indian constables who were responsible for policing the area in the late 19th century.

These days such duties would be conducted by “Park wardens” or “Park rangers,” rather than policemen.

Perhaps the building referred to as Tai Tam Police Station was “doing the same job” as the one at Pokfulam?