Ice House - 1st location [1845-1851] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Ice House - 1st location [1845-1851]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
Date Place demolished: 

The "Ice House", where the ice was stored, is was on IL 57 between Duddell and Ice House Lane on an 1846 map and can be seen in an 1846 painting. 

The company that established it, and got the land free from the Govenment at no rent, but it did not do very well.  It closed in about 1850, and "asked" the Govenrment to sell the property to that swindler George Duddell - which they did - on a 999 year lease.


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Do the pictures from 1846 and 1870 show the first Ice House, or the next building on that site? The map is of lots for auction, and the 1846 picture apparently shows a new building under construction.

I wonder if the first structure was anything substantial, or just a matshed?

Also, I think the marker needs to move to the south side of Duddell St.

was here, just across the street.

There is a fairly substantial history of the Hong Kong ice industry, placing the first Ice House, on page 4 of the January 9, 1905 edition of the Hongkong Telegraph. Incidentally (and not mentioned in the article) locally-frozen ice first went on sale here on September 10, 1874, sounding the death-knell for ice importer the Tudor Company as prices plummeted. The sellers were Scotsmen Kyle and Bain, who had spent that summer installing new machinery at East Point. They bought out the Tudor Co in 1878.

"The site which was granted by the Government was that on which the present Hongkong Telegraph building stands - No. 1 Ice House Road."
The Hong Kong Telegraph, 1905-01-09 - page 4

Here's the article - click to enlarge.

Hong Kong's Ice Supply

Thanks Adam, it's an interesting read.

The HK Daily Press edition of June 12, 1883 has a quite detailed and longish article about disputed usage rights and historical ownership of the Ice House. It also mentions the Lot number: 564.

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