The Falls (1st generation) [1878-1927]

Submitted by annelisec on Sat, 01/02/2010 - 17:46
Current condition
Demolished / No longer exists
Date completed
Date closed / demolished

1883 - J.Y.V. Vernon (John Yardley Vernon-Vernon) stockbroker
1887 - the name "The Falls first appears"
1890 - sold to Capt. J. Farrow
1900 - sold to Charles David Wilkinson - solicitor
1923 - sold to Sir R. Ho Tung

Photos that show this Place


The Falls was owned by Sir Paul Chater who rented it to a Governor (can't remember which one without digging out lots of papers) whilst Mountain Lodge got completed.

(from lizchater)

Charles David Wilkinson owned the above from 1900 to 1923 when he sold the house to Sir Robert Ho Tung. Mr. Wilkinson was the second partner of our law firm Wilkinson & Grist. I am looking for photographs of The Falls. Does anyone have any photographs?


John Budge,

Consultant, Wilkinson & Grist, Solicitors and Notaries, Hong Kong

John, not sure if you spotted the "See more photos of this place" link above. If none of those photos are any help, please could you let us know what you'd like to see in the photo?

Regards, David

I don't know of any more photos yet, but if I see any I'll add them in. You might also look at pages on Gwulo for other buildings that were nearby and check their photos, as sometimes a photo will not have been linked to all the builidngs shown.

I note the preamble mentioned the first known mention of the building as "The Falls" was in 1887 but I have found a slightly earlier mention. This was on page 5 in the 8th August 1885 edition of the Norwich Mercury:


DALRYMPLE - On the 13th June, at "The Falls," Peak, Hong Kong, of typhpid fever, May, the dearly loved wife of H. Liston Dalrymple, Esq., aged 27"

She was the wife of Henry Liston Dalrymple, merchant for Birley Dalrymple and Co. (1884 Jurors List) where his address was listed as Robinson Road. Her address in the 1884 and 1885 Ladies Directory was listed as 'Stranraer' on Robinson Road. Presumably she went to "The Falls" to convalesce but unfortunately succumbed to the illness. Her grave in the Hong Kong Cemetery lists her first name as 'Mary' whereas the newspaper above named her as 'May'.