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An Observatory for Hong Kong

P. Kevin MacKeown

in Early China Coast Meteorology

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028856
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028856.003.0002
An Observatory for Hong Kong

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This chapter examines the history of the proposal for the construction of an observatory in Hong Kong. The recognition of the need for an observatory for use in professional storm warning came around 1874 when a major typhoon struck the territory resulting in the loss of at least 2,500 lives. However, it was only in 1877 that the first steps were taken towards the building of an observatory and it took another five years before a decision in favor of the project was made. Surveyor general J. M. Price played an important role in lobbying for the construction of the observatory.

Keywords: observatory; Hong Kong; storm warning; typhoon; J. M. Price

Chapter.  13185 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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