Craigengower - Victoria English School [????- ]

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1873 - Victoria English School established...

... but it failed to fulfil its purpose and soon became a Portuguese school under the management of the Roman Catholic Mission.

1882 -

"In 1882 Sir Kai Ho Kai and his new wife Alice Walkden returned from England and made their home at "Craigengower"."

The life and times of Sir Kai Ho Kai: a prominent figure in nineteenth ...
 By Gerald H. Choa

1894 -

"Craigengower Cricket Club was founded in Hong Kong in 1894, when Mr. W. D. Braidwood, the Headmaster of the Victoria English School, converted a turfed piece of ground in Bonham Road near Breezy Point into a cricket field.

The game of Cricket was enthusiastically received both by the students and their parents. It was thought that the Cricket Club so formed should be dignified with a suitable name. Mr. Braidwood cast around for a good name and finally settled upon the name of the building which housed his school - Craigengower.

There was one drawback in the use of the cricket ground in Bonham Road. While hitting the ball over the boundary was an easy matter, recovering the ball was less straightforward. The land beyond the boundary was the site of an old cemetery. The students had to recover the balls from amongst skulls from damaged urns that scattered beyond the boundary."

Craigengower Cricket Club "membership was originally confined to the Old Boys of the Victoria English School, ... and originally had a marked local Eurasian membership".

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