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.
The hill was named for J.R. Morrison, a Chinese interpreter and linguist. 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.
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
Amenity facilities include:
Medical establishments include:
Educational institutions include:
- Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Morrison Hill) (with the headquarters of Vocation Training Council by its side),
- Lady Trench Training Centre,
- Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Government Secondary School,
- Sheng Kung Hui Tang Shiu Kin Secondary School and
- Wanchai School.
Other major facilities include:
- The Scout Association of Hong Kong Regional Headquarters,
- Tang Shiu Kin Social Service Centre and
- Ammar Mosque and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre.
- 1920s Excavation of Morrison Hill, Gwulo
- Hong Kong - Some Early Notes on its natural history - by A.H. Crook and L. Gibbs, Nov 1934, p191
- 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.
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