Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | By: Rudi Butt

Timeline (U/C)


Updated (partial) on March 4, 2013

A timeline of first of its kind events in Hong Kong -- not to be mistaken as a general timeline of historical events. Selected world and regional events (highlighted in dark-goldenrod color) are added as references in context. This list by is by no means exhaustive, in fact far from it. New entries will be added; when? Well, you'll know when you see them.

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HONG KONG'S FIRST...

5000BCE
■ Inhabitants
1278
■ Imperial sojourners - Zhao Shi and his brother Zhao Bing
1644
Qing Dynasty establishes
1700s
■ Religious building [oldest surviving] - the Temple of Water Immortal
1800s
■ Pawn shop [oldest surviving] - the Po Yuen Pawn Shop
1839
The First Opium War begins
1840s
■ Chinese Dentistry practitioner - Kwan Yuen-cheong
1841
Britain takes Hong Kong by Force
■ Census - population of 5,650
■ Chief Magistrate - William Caine
■ Harbor Master – Edward Belcher
■ Hospital - The Naval and Military Hospital
■ Land Sale
■ Newspaper - The Hong Kong Gazette
■ Post office
■ Provisional Police Force
■ Survey of the harbor
1842
The First Opium War ends, Hong Kong is formally ceded to Britain
■ Architect - F. Langer
■ Autopsy
■ Christian church - the Queen's Road Chapel
■ Cross-harbor Ferry
■ Curfew
■ Disbandment of the police force
■ Fish Market
■ Legal tender
■ Murder case
■ Newspaper Advertisements
■ Provisional government
ca.1842
■ Assistant (Government) Surgeon - Charles Alexander Winchester
1843
Hong Kong is officially established as a British colony
■ Ferry between Hong Kong Harbor and Stanley
■ Governor – Henry Pottinger
■ Justices of the Peace – 44 Britons are appointed
■ Law-making body – the Legislative Council
■ Map drawn by a Briton
■ Market built and owned by a Westerner – the Canton Bazaar
■ Official Members of the Legislative Council – A.R. Johnston, J.R. Morrison and W. Caine
■ Shark sightings






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