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About Lighthouses of Hong Kong

About Lighthouses of Hong Kong

Date & Time: Available for viewing from 18 March 2022 7:00 p.m. 
Speaker: Ir. Dr. Poon Sun-wah
Organiser: Hong Kong Public Libraries
Remarks: Conducted in Cantonese via video recording without live audience.
(Video Recording URL www.hkpl.gov.hk/HkmLighthouses would be available for access from 18 March 2022 7:00 p.m.)
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2921 0388

In the mid-1850s, construction of lighthouses in Hong Kong adjacent waters was first proposed to guide vessels to their destination ports or to serve as a warning signal of shipping hazards, such as rocks and reefs. Initially, all the proposed sites for the lighthouses were located within China’s territorial waters, and the proposals were turned down by Mainland China. As the maritime transport had been busy, and there was keen support from the business sector, the Hong Kong government built Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse and Green Island Lighthouse in 1875, and Cape Collinson Lighthouse was constructed one year later. Gap Rock Island Lighthouse and Waglan Island Lighthouse, the latter of which was built by the Imperial Maritime Customs, were completed in 1892 and 1893 respectively to facilitate vessels’ entry to Hong Kong from the south and the northeast. In 1905, the new Green Island Lighthouse was constructed to accommodate the light apparatus of Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse. In 1912, Tang Lung Chau Lighthouse was put into service.

A team under the Department of Real Estate and Construction of The University of Hong Kong has studied the lighthouses in Hong Kong over the past few years. This talk covers the following:
• the origin, design, construction and maintenance of lighthouses;
• the roles of lighthouses in the past and present;
• past and present environmental circumstances;
• the work and life of lighthouse keepers as well as cultural heritage; and
• future feasible uses of lighthouses.