Daniel Joseph Jaffé

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Memorial Stone of Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir. The name of Daniel Jaffé appears at the bottom left corner.

Daniel Joseph Jaffé was born on 2 November 1876 in London and died 11 June 1921 in Croydon, England. He was the younger son of Martin Jaffé - see article on Sir Otto Jaffé for more details.


Daniel Jaffé was educated at City & Guilds Westminster - diploma of associate (A.C.G.I). In 1896 articled for 3 years as civil engineer to Sir James Mansergh F.R.S, who was famous as a waterworks consulting engineer.


Tai Tam Intermediate Reservoir Dam.

Part of time spent on Elan Valley Aqueduct, later assistant to one of the resident engineers up to December 1901. On January 14, 1902, he became associate member of the Institute of Civil Engineers (A.M.I.C.E.). Later that year, he went to Hong Kong as Assistant Engineer in Public Works Department. In 1904 he became Acting Executive Engineer and from January 1906 was Executive Engineer.

He was responsible for Tytam (also spelled Tai Tam) waterworks with intermediate dam, later the 2nd section of the Tytam Tuk with the construction of the then largest dam in the Far East, which was officially opened by Sir Henry May in February 1918. He was also responsible for the typhoon shelter at Mong Kok Tsui.

He went home on leave in 1918, suffering from sprue and inflammation of the liver, and was invalided out of the Colonial Service in autumn 1919. He spent considerable time in Eversleigh Hospital for Tropical Diseases suffering from pernicious anaemia.

Jaffe Road[edit]

View of Jaffe Road, looking towards Luard Road.

Jaffe Road (謝斐道) in Wan Chai District, on Hong Kong Island, is named after Daniel Joseph Jaffé. It was thus named in 1931.[1] The street runs between and parallel to Gloucester Road and Lockhart Road. It starts west at Arsenal Street in Wan Chai and ends east in Causeway Bay at The Excelsior Hotel near the World Trade Centre. The Novotel Century Hong Kong is located at No. 238 Jaffe Road. The area located near the western end of Lockhart Road, including part of the parallel Jaffe Road, is one of Hong Kong Island's main bar districts.


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