The Shatin Babies Home History web page says it was "established in the old police barracks of Shatin. The main building was a large, two story brick and wood building located about a mile's walk from the Shatin train station." <Read more ...>
The Reformatory School and Orphanage, situated at West Point, started by Father T Raimondi of the Italian Mission in 1864 and now under the control of the Vicar Apostolic, — provides education in the native tongue for Chinese boys from the age of eight years.It also takes in and cares for the deaf, the dumb and the blind, and in cases of reformatory treatment finds occupation for its inmates in the learning of useful trades.
Source: The Tourist's Guide to Hong Kong, with short trips to the Mainland of China (1897) by HURLEY, R. C. <Read more ...>
Some of the children in the photo are western, would they have been at the orphanage with Chinese children in the 1900s? I would like to think the Church/Colonial administration encouraged people of all races to live in harmony but.... <Read more ...>
Extract from Carl T. Smith's "Wanchai: In Search of an Identity", published in the book "Hong Kong. A Reader in Social History":
The Sisters of Charity of St Paul of Chartres owned the lots next to the Blue Buildings. On the seafront of the property they built European-style residences similar to the Blue Buildings and leased them in 1863 to Joao Joaquim Dos Remedios, a wealthy Portuguese merchant. He, in turn, subleased them to tenants. <Read more ...>