1918 Public Works Department's annual report | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

1918 Public Works Department's annual report

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— Q 21 - B. O. Work.

A portion of Mount Caroline Cemetery was set aside as a permanent burial place for the unidentified remains of victims of the fire which on the 26th February destroyed the matshed stands provided at Happy Valley in connection with the Annual Race Meeting.

In this Cemetery also, a considerable area was cleared of graves at the cost of the Roman Catholic Authorities in order to provide a place of burial for destitutes belonging to the Roman Catholic community. The area was re-terraced by this Department.

With a view to improving the appearance of Kai Lung Wan East Cemetery, some trees and shrubs were planted therein by the Botanical and Forestry Department at the cost of that Department.

41. Theatres Regulation Ordinance.—Forty-six licences were issued under this Ordinance during the year for the holding of various public performances. In some cases, the licences were for performances in buildings specially erected for the purpose ; in some cases for existing buildings which were altered as required prior to the granting of licences ; and in other cases for performances in the open air.

A sum of $ 1,830.00 was derived from fees paid in connection with the issue of licences.

In two cases, legal proceedings were taken in respect of contraventions of the Regulations made under the Ordinance with the result that a conviction was obtained in each case, fines amounting to $75.00 being inflicted.

42. Fires.—The following buildings were seriously injured by fire, some of them being damaged to such an extent as to require reconstruction :—

11-14 Beaconsfield Arcade.
161 Queen’s Road Central.
5 Hollywood Road.
3 Burd Street.
25-31 and 39a-39f Belcher’s Street.
Hongkong Golf Club House, Happy Valley.
12, 13 and 14 Main Street, Aberdeen.
Boat-building sheds at Cheungshawan.
Timber sheds, Shantung Street.

A number of matshed booths which were erected in connection with the Race Meeting collapsed without warning on February 26th. The collapse was followed by fire in which about 600 persons lost their lives and a number were injured.

43. Reclamations.—The following is a statement of the private reclamations which were completed or in progress during the year:—


B. O. Work. — Q 22 —

                                      Area in sq. ft.
Extension of Marine Lot 321, North Point,
                                (completed), 50,000
Hunghom Marine Lot 3, Hunghom,
                             (in progress), 491,000
New Kowloon Inland Lots 190 and 191,
               Laichikok, (in progress), ...618,000

The areas stated are those of the lots, which, in some cases, extend further inland than old high-water mark and are therefore not exclusively reclaimed from the sea.

In addition to the above, considerable progress was made with the works in connection with the reclamation of about 230 acres of foreshore and sea-bed at the head of Kowloon Bay, referred to in last year’s Report.

44. Principal Works of a Private Nature.-—Considerable progress was made with the extension of the School of Anatomy 'to accommodate the School of Physiology, and the erection of a building to contain the School of Pathology and the School of Tropical Medicine at the Hongkong University on I. L. 1859. The erection of a large building for the Students’ Union and of quarters for one of the junior officers to the westward of same, on I. L. 1853, was commenced.

The reclamation of the extension to M.L. 321, North Point, referred to in last year’s Report, was completed and the erection of the building for the Hongkong Electric Company’s new power station was commenced.

The new building for the Missions Etrangeres on I. L. 82 was nearing completion at the end of the year.

The large block of buildings for the Chinese branch of the Y.M.C.A. on I.L. 2048, Taipingshan, was completed.

The erection of a considerable building on R.B.L. 142, Repulse Bay, by the Hongkong Hotel Coy. for occupation as a hotel was commenced.

Considerable progress was made with the construction of the 3 new building slips, 750 feet in length, forming an extension of the Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company’s premises at Hung Hom, (H.H.M.L. 3).

The erection of a large reinforced concrete godown for the Hongkong and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Coy. on K.M.L. 91 was commenced.

A large reinforced concrete godown for the Ocean Steamship Coy. on K. M. L. 88 was erected and the erection of a similar godown was commenced.

The development of two large areas at Ho Mun Tin, formerly known as K. I. Ls. 1283 and 1284 but now subdivided into 41 lots (K. I. Ls. 1308-1348), was proceeded with, the erection of 9 European houses being commenced.


— Q 23 — B. O. Work.

The construction of two additional building slips by the Taikoo Dockyard Coy. on Q. B. M. L’s. 1 & 2 was commenced.

The laying out of a new street and the erection of 40 Chinese houses on I.L. 795, Hill Road, were commenced.

In order to dispense with the depressors hitherto necessitated by a sharp change in gradient below Barker Road Station, an extensive re-grading of the upper portion of the Peak Tramway was undertaken towards the close of the year. The alterations, which involve the substitution of a gradient of 1 in 4 for one of 1 in 3 and the construction of a new and greatly-improved station at Barker Road, will conduce considerably to the safety of the line.

The erection of four large stands, constructed of brick and reinforced concrete, for the Hongkong Jockey Club, on R.B.L. 33, Happy Valley, was commenced.

An extensive reclamation for the Standard Oil Company was commenced on N. K. I. L’s. 190 and 191, Laichikok.

Amongst other works which have been commenced or completed during the year, the following may be mentioned:—

Work commenced.

2 Chinese houses, I.L. 1927, Wongneichong.
5    „            I.L. 637, Centre and Second Streets.
6    „            K.I.L’s 1177 & 1206, Canton Road and
                      Reclamation Street.
5    „            K.I.L. 956, Canton Road.
14   „            K.I.L. 60, Woo Sung and Temple Streets.
2    „            K.M.L. 31, Shanghai Street.
16   „            K.I.L’s 661 and 1349, Portland Street.
2    „            K.I.L’s 1356, 970 and 971, Portland Street.
4    „            K.I.L. 1220, Portland Street.
6    „            K.I.L. 1357, Battery and Pakhoi Streets.
3    „            K.I.L. 423, Reclamation Street.
5    „            N.K.I.L. 146, Shamshuipo.
3    „            N.K.I.L. 187,
5    „            N.K.I.L’s 112 and 113, Shamshuipo.
4    „            N.K.I.L. 139, Shamshuipo.
2    „            N.K.I.L. 114,
4    „            N.K.I.L. 42,
3    „            N.K.I.L. 98,
4    „            N.K.I.L. 180,
12   „            N.K.I.L. 109,
5    „            N.K.I.L. 196,
4    „            N.K.I.L. 163,
1 European house, I.L. 2205, Conduit Road.
1    „            I.L. 1627, May Road.
2    „            I.L. 1919, Bonham Road.
10   „            K.I.L. 608, Nathan and Mody Roads.
Vermilion Factory, I.L. 2258, Whitfeild.
1 Godown,         M.L. 239, Belcher’s Street.
3    „            I.L. 953, Belcher’s Street.
1    „            I.L. 1301, Sands Street,

 


B. O. Work. — Q 24 —

2 Godowns, I.L. 1301, North Street.
3    „     M.L. 245, Catchick Street.
6    „     K.M.L. 46.
2    „     K.M.L. 39.
Additions to the Tung Wah Hospital Mortuary, I.L. 1572, Sandy Bay.
Factory, K.M.L. 64, Samchun Street.
   „     K.I.L’s 953 and 954, Mongkoktsui.
   „     K.I.L. 955, Canton Road.
Forming sites:—I.L’s. 1889 and 2252, Conduit Road.

Works completed.

2 Chinese houses, S.I.L. 62, Shaukiwan.
2    „            S.I.L. 440, Saiwanho.
12   „            S.M.L’s 7—10, Saiwanho.
6    „            I.L’s 2164 and 2165, Wongneichong.
2    „            I.L. 2065, Wongneichong.
10   „            I.L. 734, Matheson Street.
10   „            I.L. 729, R.P., Sharp Street East.
24   „            I.L. 729, R.P., Yiu Wah Street.
23   „            I.L. 617, Pedder’s Hill.
13   „            I.L. 47, Star Street and Tien Poa Street.
34   „            I.L’s 682 and 683, High Street, Third
                      Street and U Lok Lane.
2    „            M.L. 198, Queen’s Road West.
13   „            M.L 111, Praya East, Heard Street and
                      Wanchai Road.
3    „            I.L. 97, Gage Street.
4    „            I.L. 6, Stanley Street.
2    „            I.L. 709, First and Second Streets.
2    „            A.I.L’s 42 and 65, Aberdeen.
10   „            K.I.L. 1173, Reclamation Street.
6    „            K.I.L. 964, do.
8    „            K.I.L. 976, do.
10   „            K.I.L. 1174, do.
12   „            K.I.L. 1167, Reclamation and Shanghai
                       Streets.
6    „            K.I.L. 1168, do. do.
3    „            K.I.L’s 560 to 562, Battery Street.
5    „            K.I.L. 1259, Coronation Road.
2    „            K.I.L. 1263, do.
9    „            K.I.L. 714, Portland and Changsha Streets.
3    „            K.I.L’s 1306, 966, 967 and 1196, Portland
                       Street.
14   „            K.I.L’s 951 to 954, Argyle Street and
                       Canton Road.
2    „            K.I.L. 46, Temple Street.
6    „            K.I.L. 1165, Canton Road.
2    „            K.I.L. 1207, Shanghai Street.
5    „            N.K.I.L’s 68 and 69, Shamshuipo.
4    „            N.K.I.L’s 103 and 106, do.
11   „            N.K.I.L. 43, Shamshuipo.
8    „            N.K.I.L. 158, do,

 


— Q 25 — B. O. Work.

 

3 Chinese houses, N.K.I.L. 155, Shamshuipo.
4    „            N.K.I.L. 19, do.
8    „            N.K.I.L. 161, do.
3    „            N.K.I.L’s 162 and 164, Shamshuipo.
4    „            N.K.I.L’s 178 and 181, do.
6    „            N.K.I.L’s 70,159,177 and 189, Shamshuipo.
3    „            N.K.I.L’s 140, 154 and 165, do.
2 European houses, I.L. 2072, Kennedy Road.
4    „            I.L. 2071, do.
3    „            I.L. 689, Bonham Road.
8    „            I.Ls. 690 & 691, Bonham Road.
10   „            I.L. 757, Hing Hon Road.
20   „            I.L. 2091, Sands Street.
2    „            I.Ls. 1944 & 2074, Kennedy Road.
1    „            I.L. 2232, Bowen Road.
1    „            R.B.L. 139, Peak.
Tobacco Factory, I.Ls. 742 & 743, Wanchai Road.
Pavilion, Q.B.I.L. 8, Quarry Bay.
Smith’s Shed, Q.B.M.L. 2, do.
Offices, Q.B.M.L. 2, do.
Factory, M.L. 293 & I.L. 1780, Whitfeild.
   „     I.L. 2166, do.
   „     I.L. 2235, do.
Godowns, I.Ls. 2166, 2235, 2204 & M.L. 285,
             Whitfeild.
Fat-boiling Factory, I.L. 2169, Kennedy Town.
Godown, K.M.L. 49, Canton Road.
2 Godowns, N.K.I.L. 26, Shamshuipo.
Forming sites for buildings :—R.B.L. 139,* Findlay Road; I.Ls. 2232 & 2238, Bowen Road; I.L. 953, Belcher’s Street; ILs. 1923, 1948, & 2072, Kennedy Road.

There were numerous other buildings besides those mentioned above which were either commenced or completed during the year, but they were not of sufficient magnitude or importance to justify special mention.

The following buildings, &c, mentioned in last year’s Report were not completed by the 31st December, 1918 :—

3 Chinese houses, S.I.L. 118, Shaukiwan.
34   „            M.L. 43, Praya East.
5 out of 10 Chinese houses, K.I.L. 1259, Coronation Road.
3 out of 5 ,, K.I.L. 1263, do.
28 Chinese houses, K.I.Ls. 1221 & 1222, Taikoktsui.
5 out of 16 Chinese houses, N.K.I.L. 43, Shamshuipo.
4 Chinese houses, N.K.I.L. 105, do.
2 European houses, I.L. 2079, Kennedy Road.
1 out of 3 European houses, I.L. 2072, Kennedy Road.
18 European houses, I.Ls. 145 & 146, Wyndham Street.
9    „            I.L. 609, St. Stephen’s Lane.
Forming sites for buildings:—I.L. 2205, Conduit Road; I.L. 2218, Kennedy Road; I.L. 2154, Babington Path; I.L. 2237, Bowen Road ; N.K.F.L. 8,++ Kowloon Tong.

* Erroneously stated as R.B.L. 239 in last year’s Report,
+         do.           I.L. 1079           do.
++        do,           N.K.I.L. 8          do, 

 

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