Umbrella Seat, The Peak [????- ]

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 05/09/2010 - 21:06
Current condition
In use

A popular spot for admiring the view over the city and harbour, from the 19th century til the present day.

Notes from J:

Its that little lookout spot with a small shaded bench between The Mount Austin and Peak Gardens. I never really understood why its called the umbrella seat, my guess is because its a little indent along the ridge line when viewed from the harbour.

Notes from Annelise:

[From the Peak Tram Upper Terminus, it] required three men to a chair ascending the peak.  At the Umbrella Seat, merely a bench with a peaked roof, everybody stops long enough to allow the coolies to rest, then we continue on our way, passing sight-seers and nurses with children.  After a while they stop again, and we travel on foot to the signal station.

"Around the World in Seventy-Two Days"  By Nelly Bly, Jules Verne - 1889

And it is the same today - just a bench with a little "pagoda" roof

Photos that show this Place


I read somewhere awhile back - I think among the govt research papers for renovating the Peak area - that they were surprised to find that the existing umbrella seat structure dates from the 1920s or earlier. You can see it in this 1930 photo here below the tip of the arrow of Peak Tram Terminus$$T3&pid=1&mime=image/jpeg

So it was named after an actual umbrella seat! And the govt finding out about the shelter structure must explain why they've re-built the flat roof above the bench in recent years. I think it was some time after '97 they attempted to modernise it and used a slatted roof that curved upwards towards the front which was of no use when it rained. The grey that it is painted in now is curious, I seem to remember it was painted green or red, but I maybe getting it confused with the pavilion built on the remains of Mountain Lodge. 

Hi J, sorry I wasn't clear. The existing structure is the original from the c1920s. as the following photo makes it clear; it's a rare survivor from the destruction of the peak by the war and following redevelopment