The treaty ports of China and Japan - (1867)
1864 - the Post ffice was temporarily moved into the ground floor of the Court House during the erection of the new establishment.
1865 - the new Post Office was opened and occupied.
From the debate in 1898 on moving the Post Office from its location near the current Marks and Spencer to the latest reclamation:
"... we have tried our utmost to make the Chinese use the Post Office, and it will not do after having got the Chinese to make use of the Post Office to remove it some five minutes' or even three and a half minutes' walk away from the central position of the town and entailing on them an extra two cents in the hire of a ricksha.
"And, furthermore, the Chinese make use of the Treasury more than the Europeans. The European sends his cheque in payment of rates, taxes, and so on, but the Chinese have to go to the Treasury and pay in cash and get a receipt from the Treasurer. In that way also three and a half minutes' walk more or less to the Chinese would be a great hardship.
Of course if other cases have to be considered we may force the Chinese to walk a little further, ...
... Especially to remove that site would be an inconvenience to the majority of the European community as well. "
We've currently got the demolition date set to 1911 - a reasonable guess given that the GPO moved into it's new building on Connaught Road in 1911.
But the recently added 1919 photo above shows the old GPO building is still standing. So when was it demolished, and what was it used for between 1911 and its demolition?
The building with the pillars is the Court House, not the Post Office.
The clock tower was demolished in 1913.
The P.O. is hiding behind the trees.
After the move of the GPO to the new premises on the Praya in 1911, the old GPO building that was occupied also by the Treasury (erected in 1867) was leased out. In October 1921, the land comprising the old GPO building and the old Court House (last occupied by the Land Office) were sold at public auction.
In the land sale of 1921, the following buildings were erected in 1924
I.L. 2316 - Queen's Theatre
I.L 2317 & 2318 - China Building (old Court House & part of old GPO)
I.L 2319 - (Office Building on part of old GPO - I assume today's Pedder Building)
Where did you get the IL numbers ?
You can enter the lot numbers into www.map.gov.hk and it shows you a rough outline.
IL 2319 is, indeed, the Pedder Building.
IL 2317 - AEON China Building
The inland kot nos were obtained from the 1921 Land Sale and 1924 PWD Annual Report.
What was here before 1867 ?
Mention of the erection of the old GPO in 1867 is made in the 1911 PWD Annual Report.
Wikipedia, under Pedder Street, says
In its heyday, Dent also occupied the south-western corner of Pedder Street (and Queen's Road), where it had established a "Tea Exchange". In 1846, it was transformed into the Treasury (庫務署), Supreme Court and General Post Office. This land was auctioned in 1921, when it achieved a price of HK$50 per square foot. The resulting China Building (華人行) was completed in 1924.
Daily Press 18 Sep 1865: The business of the GPO operated in the new premises in the Queen's Road facing Wyndham St from 12 Sep 1865.
The move to the GPO on the Praya occurred on 19 Jun 1911.
By comparing the location of 1st GPO shown in 1845 and the later map, i think the 1st and 2nd GPO located the same corner, I.e. Intersection between Queen's Rd and pedder st.
From the comments above there were at least two different GPO buildings on this site. This wasn't the site of the first GPO though, as it started off near the corner of today's Garden Rd & Lower Albert Road, see: http://gwulo.com/node/6593
The General Post Office will be found on the corner of Queen's Road and Pedder's Street. Particulars of Steamer arrivals are exhibited by a system of movable boards on the Queen's Road front. Purchasers of Postage Stamps should apply at least an hour before the advertized time for the closing of the mail for which they intend their letters, as the crush of native servants on the approach of mail-closing hour is, in many cases, very objectionable, and not unfrequently dangerous.
Source: The Tourist's Guide to Hong Kong, with short trips to the Mainland of China … (1897) by HURLEY, R. C.
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