Quarrying and Built Heritage in Hong Kong (1841-1941)

Department: Real Estate and Construction
Active Dates: June 2015

Quarrying and Built Heritage in Hong Kong (1841-1941)
香港採 業與文物建築(1841-1941)

Research Team Members:
Ir Dr. S. W. Poon
Ir K.Y. Ma
Ir K.F. Man
Mr. T. W. Tsin
Dr. Y. Deng

Quarries have been In existence long before the British’s arrival, mainly because quality granite was so abundant in Hong Kong. In 1844, the quarrying industry was taxed not just as a source of revenue, though minimal, but more importantly as an assertion of sovereignty. Quarries were then leased through tendering or public auction on an annual basis first on the Hong Kong Island, followed by all quarries in Kowloon Peninsula after 1860. In 1902 the quarry leases were split further into small groups rather than geographic area, and were extended to two years or more. Initially granite blocks were used as a principal material in building and infrastructure construction. In the 20th Century the use of granite changed due to a great demand of aggregates in concrete production.

This pamphlet is published based on the intensive research work done during the last few years on the history of the quarrying industry in Hong Kong. It is hoped that, via a snapshot approach, the information presented would graphically depict a general picture of the development of the quarrying industry and the infrastructure construction including the latest discovery of built heritage in Hong Kong during the one hundred years since 1841.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE