Commemorating the Centenary of Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir Dam on the Hong Kong Island – A Showcase of Interdisciplinary Archeological Evidence

Department: Real Estate and Construction
Active Dates: 2017-2018 Knowledge Exchange Project

Commemorating the Centenary of Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir Dam on the Hong Kong Island – A Showcase of Interdisciplinary Archeological Evidence

RESEARCH TEAM
PI: DR. KATHERINE Y. DENG
ADVISORS: IR DR. S.W. POON, MRS. ADA K.Y. YAU. IR K.F. MAN. IR K.Y. MA. MR. T.W. TSIN DIVERS: MR. JACK WU AND ms DIVING TEAM
PHOTOGRAPHERS: MR. WILSON WO, MR. DUNCAN C.K. LEE
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: MS. YEUNG SZE LUNG

PREFACE

Tai Tam Harbour is situated at the estuary of Tai Tam Tuk on the south-east of Hong Kong Island. The Tai Tam Waterworks Scheme had led to the construction of the Tai Tam Group of Reservoirs on the Hong Kong Island. In 2009, 21 historic waterworks along the Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail were declared as monuments by the Hong Kong SAR Government.

The Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir is the last but largest of the four among the Tai Tam Group of Reservoirs. The Reservoir was first proposed in the late 19th century, but was postponed because of the sophisticated ground conditions and financial difficulty. In the sea still remain the original hand-dug caissons at Tai Tam Harbour -by far the only archaeological evidence of ground investigation carried out more than one hundred years in Hong Kong.

Moreover, the construction of the Dam had led to the first submerged village in the history of Hong Kong; and the subsequent relocation of the original villagers, initially to Chai Wan and later to Shaukiwan. Together with hundreds of construction workers, these villagers should be remembered for their great sacrifice in the process of erecting the Dam.

The Dam was constructed in 1912 and completed in 1917. The Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir Commemoration Stone was laid on the 2nd of February 1918. The 2nd of February 2018 is hence chosen as the opening day for this exhibition to commemorate the Centenary of this great Dam – a living heritage that is still well functioning today for the Hong Kong people over a century.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE