Morrison Hill

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View from East Point in the late 1860s. Photograph by John Thomson. The original caption read: "The eminence to the left is Morrison's Hill, crowned with a row of substantially built foreign residences, and commanding an extensive and imposing view of the city and ports."
Oi Kwan Road west, near the entrance of Morrison Hill Swimming Pool.
Queen Elizabeth Stadium entrance on Oi Kwan Road.
Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islam Centre.
TSK Victoria Government Secondary School.

Morrison Hill (Chinese: 摩理臣山 or 摩利臣山) is an area and was a hill in Wan Chai near Happy Valley, on Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong.

History[edit]

The hill was at the seashore until the Praya East Reclamation Scheme in the 1920s, which used its constituent rock/earth to reclaim land from the harbour, extending the shoreline away from the area. This major operation took most of the decade and to carry away the rock and soil, temporary railway tracks were laid, running along Bowrington Canal (present day Canal Road), which was covered over for the purpose.[1]

The hill was named for J.R. Morrison, a Chinese interpreter and linguist.[2] He and his Protestant missionary father, Dr Robert Morrison, travelled through the region as part of the Morrison Education Society. The younger Morrison died of malaria in Macau on 29 August 1843.[3]

Features[edit]

Today, the centre of the area is occupied by the Morrison Hill Swimming Pool and several secondary schools, within a circular street, Oi Kwan Road (愛群道). A main road, Morrison Hill Road (摩理臣山道), runs along the east side of the area. The Queen Elizabeth Stadium and the Tang Shiu Kin Hospital are on its southern fringe. There is also a skatepark near the children's playground to the south-east.

Facilities along Oi Kwan Road[edit]

Amenity facilities include:

Medical establishments include:

Educational institutions include:

Other major facilities include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1920s Excavation of Morrison Hill, Gwulo
  2. ^ Hong Kong - Some Early Notes on its natural history - by A.H. Crook and L. Gibbs, Nov 1934, p191
  3. ^ Carey, W. H. (1850). Oriental Christian Biography, Containing Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Christians Who Have Lived and Died in the East. Calcutta, Baptist Mission Press. p. 193. 


Coordinates: 22°16′31″N 114°10′47″E / 22.27538°N 114.17969°E / 22.27538; 114.17969