After more than 170 years, the old Shing Wong Temple building site will soon again become a forum for residence to congregate and socialize, much like, well... a town hall.
Here are a few images of the Central School (built in 1889), which was renamed Queen's College in 1890.
|View from Hollywood Road (lower north end of property)|
|View from Staunton Road (upper south end of property)|
These pictures show the condition of the PMQ as it sat vacant for over a decade (2000-2013).
|Portions of the original stone walls once surrounding the Queen's College,|
still remain standing today.
What was once this....
I took these pictures last month showing some of the progress.
|Although not very efficient (and like |
And once complete...
- Property dateline-
- 1843-1877 Shing Wong Temple
- 1889-1941 Queen's College
- 1951-2000 Police Married Quarters
- 2014-Present PMQ Art Hub
- Other important dates-
- 1841-1997 Hong Kong was a British Colony
- 1941-1945 Japan occupied Hong Kong during WWII
- The PMQ were living quarters provided by the city for married police offers to share with their families.
- Donald Tsang (a Knighted Commander by the British Empire in 1997, and later served as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong from 2005-2012) grew up in flat #414.
- Hong Kong's population in 1941 was 1.6 million
- Hong Kong's population in 1945 was less than 750,000