Aberdeen Paper Mill [1892-c.1930]

Current condition: 
Demolished
Date Place completed: 
1892-01-14
Date Place demolished: 
c.1930-01-20 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

Location: Making paper is a particularly thirsty process, so the mill had to be close to a large and reliable supply of water. It was built at the foot of the Aberdeen Valley, and a reservoir (today's Aberdeen Lower Reservoir) was built upstream to collect water for the mill's use.

Timeline:

  • 1890 - Construction begins in June.
  • 1892 - Production of paper begins on 14th January
  • 1929 - The government resumes the mill, not for its paper-making abilities, but to get access to the water in the mill's reservoir. The owners, the Tai Shing Paper Manufacturing Company, are given 183 days from 20th July to use up all the stocks, and after that the government took possession.
  • 1930 - The government takes possession. They're only interested in the reservoir and its water, so what to do with the factory site? It is eventually decided to use the land to build the new Aberdeen Industrial School.
  • 1935 - The Aberdeen Industrial School is opened by Governor Sir William Peel.

I wonder if any of the old 1890s buildings remain at the school site? And if anyone has any photos of the mill, please let us know in the comments below.

There's a good write-up of the mill's operations in the China Mail in 1892.

Comments

It is shown on a couple of maps at http://www.hkmaps.hk from 1896 and 1913, marked as "Paper Works".