Some more Governors, and more about Money..
This Hercules added Kowloon to Hong Kong without much trouble, built Pokfulam reservoir (despite the rainfall, Hong Kong never has enough water) and set up Towngas, which supplies gas to the island to this very day.
Robinson was suceeded by Richard Macdonnell, both of them leaving roads named after themselves. MacDonnell had a few more problems, such the Hong Kong Government's unsucessful attempt to make money by making money, i.e. by opening a Mint; this in fact lost money and the Governor had to ask the Bank for a loan. Jardines sold the Mint machinery to Japan and the Japanese exported silver trade Dollars to Hong Kong...
He also legalised gambling; this was a Bad Idea because it interfered with the monopoly of the Hk Jockey Club, so gambling except on the nags or in Macau was banned again.
Robinson was suceeded by Kennedy, who has not only a road, in which I once lived, but an entire town named after him; in his time the Hong Kong Dollar, as distinct from the silver "trade dollar", which was variously minted in Mexico, Britain Japan and the USA, became the official currency. He also moved the Governor's summer residence to the cooler climate of the Peak, where the garden of the former Governor's residence is now a park.
Kennedy was suceeded by the altogether more colourful John Pope-Hennessy,
who as his name suggests was a Catholic Irishman, therefore not popular with the Hong Kong establishment. He compounded this unpopularity by allowing Chinese people to own (that is to say, to lease) land in the colony. Unfortunately his views, whilst always eccentric, were just as likely to be behind the times as ahead of them - he stopped the building of reservoirs because they were "against Chinese tradition" and opposed flush toilets on the same basis.
On the positive side, he granted British citizenship to Chinese nationals if they asked for it and he appointed the first Chinese member of Legco. This was Wu Tingfang,
who went to school in Hong Kong, then to University College London and then qualified as the first Chinese barrister; he eventually became Foreign Minister in Sun Yat-Sen's government of China.
Henessy is best remembered for trying to horsewhip a Judge with his umbrella; the Judge had been showing Lady Hennessy a catalogue of a museum with some naked statues in it and Sir John said it was a dirty book. He did not get a street named after him until much later, when instead of the respectable streets named after his predecessors he got one in Wanchai (not all Wanchai is a red light district) .
It is said that Pope-Hennessy was the third most unpopular Governor after General Rensuke Isogai and General Hisakazu Tanaka, who are in a class of their own (we'll be coming to that...)
Pope-Hennessy was suceeded by Sir George Bowen (Bowen Road is halfway up the Peak, definitely a good address) and Bowen was suceeded by William Des Voeux; since it was in his time that the Praya Reclamation actually went ahead, organised by Sir Catchick Paul Chater (who was an Armenian property developer - he got a road too) the Praya was renamed Des Voeux Road.
Des Voeux, whose name is even more unpronounceable in Cantonese, was suceeded by William Robinson, who was Governor for an awfully long time but who did not get a road named after him, because there already was one (see Hercules, above...) He was, however, much admired by Dr Sun Yat-Sen who went to medical school in Hong Kong during this time and thought very highly of Hong Kong altogether, famously comparing "what the British have done in a few years in this place with how little has been achieved in China in as many centuries".
The population at the end of Sir William Robinson's Governorship was around 198,000; it had grown from 94,000 in 1860 to 124,000 in 1870 to 160,000 in 1880 and would have been more had it not been for an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1894.
These figures are well above the birth rate; they must reflect immigration into Hong Kong and most of that immigration was Chinese, although Hong Kong gained a significant Indian population as well as some people from almost everywhere.
This level of immigration suggests that the little colony was doing something right; Chinese people were choosing to live there rather than in Late Qing China.
Sir William retired just in time to avoid the Righteous Society of Harmonious Fists, aka the Boxer Rebellion, which deserves a chapter on its own for its accidental benefits to Hong Kong.