Site of former Hong Kong & China Gas, Jordan Road Gas Works [????-c.1956]
In the [HKU library's "Early Hong Kong's Kowloon Peninsula" exhibition], there is a photo of Shanghai Street (thank you). It was probably the narrowest and congested street used by double-decker buses (2-way traffic at that time). These bus drivers were likely the most stressful of all their colleagues.
Before the Number 12 bus turning south onto Jordan Road, I remember there was what appeared to be an oil depot/storage place occupying an area about a small city block, with tars and oil on its ground and the air smelling asphalt/tar. I always think of that place but can't remember exactly where and its purpose. Please help and educate me on this.
The 1902-3 map shows the block bounded by Jordan Rd, Shanghai St, Nanking St and battery St is mostly clear, but with a large circular structure on the corner of Jordan & Shanghai.
The 1924 map shows the same, but on the 1947 map there were three circular structures shown.
On the 1964 map the circular structures can no longer be seen, and the map shows there is a school on that block, the Jordan Road Government Primary School.
The three circular structures must be the storage tanks I saw (and smell) in the 1950s. That their location in the midst of residential buildings has always appeared strange, but is also nostalgic when I mesmerize them. You folks are resourceful!
Pg 62 of 'Early Hong Kong's Kowloon Peninsula' has a photo captioned:
Yau Ma Tei, c. 1953. The building with pyramidal roofs (centre) is the Liberty Theatre. Opposite is the Wan Tin Teahouse. To its left at the junction of Shanghai Street and Battery Street is the gas factory.
Then at the back of the book is a map of Kowloon dated 1960, which shows the same round structures mentioned earlier, and labels the block of land as 'Gas Works'.
This photo from Life shows the gas works at the corner of Shanghai St and Jordan Rd and the Admiralty oil depot. http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=81b1f027eb4a8c97&q=Kowloon%20source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3DKowloon%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den
This was the Hong Kong & China Gas jordan Road gas works.
see upload in my flickr.