Charles St George Cleverly

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Charles St. George Cleverly (1819 – 14 August 1897;Chinese 基化厘 or 急庇利[1]) was the second Surveyor General in Hong Kong. He worked under the Colonial Secretary and was responsible for public infrastructure, town planning and land auction.

Cleverly is famous for the construction of Government House. The construction began in October 1851 and finished in October 1855. [2]

Cleverly and his names in Hong Kong Government Gazette

His name was often registered in the Hong Kong Government Gazette in relation to the public auction of crown land and buildings.


Charles Cleverly was born in Kilworth, County Cork, Ireland, but it is believed that his family were not native Irish. According to his will, his address was Collingham Place, South Kensington, Middlesex in England.[1]

Charles was the grandson of William Cleverly who owned a shipyard beside the River Thames in London. He built many large ships for the British East India Company.[3]

Charles had a brother named Osmund Cleverly who worked in Hong Kong.[4]

One of Charles's sons was Osmund Somers Cleverly, the Principal Private Secretary of Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin, and Neville Chamberlain. Another was Peter Cleverly, an architect.[3]

He died in Hanley Castle, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcester in England.[1]


Cleverly Street in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, is named after him.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Re: Charles St George Cleverly". 
  2. ^ "Government House – History". 
  3. ^ a b "The Cleverly Family". Archived from the original on 18 May 2005. 
  4. ^ "Charles St George Cleverly". 
  5. ^ Yanne, Andrew; Heller, Gillis (2009). Signs of a Colonial Era. Hong Kong University Press. p. 84. ISBN 978-962-209-944-9. 
  6. ^ "道路名稱(五)英官員命名道路" (in Chinese).