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Kirsty's family 0044 - see file info.jpg

Kirsty's family 0044 - see file info.jpg

This was the home of my grandparents Edgar and Kathe de Chaffoy de Courcelles on Cheung Chau soon after they had returned to Hong Kong after the war. My mother told me they built it in 1946, but perhaps in fact there had already been a European house there and they re-built it? They called it "The Rockies", for rather obvious reasons. Although my grandfather worked in Kowloon and Hong Kong, they lived there until 1953 when his business (The Orient Tobacco Manufactory) had been sold up and they retired to Portugal. They were never city people, and loved this house. They sold the house to the Catholic church when they left. It's long gone, but thanks to the website of Seascape Peninsula Apartments and the very distinctive rocks, I can show exactly where it was, off Don Bosco Road below what is now the Salesian Retreat.

Does anyone know whether there was a house here before the war, and if so what number it was?

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Sunday, January 1, 1950


Not sure if the watercolour below is of the same house but the boulders look similar.

1930s Cheung Chau House
1930s Cheung Chau House, by Moddsey

Yes indeed, it does look similar. Do you know what number this house was?

No, I don't but a list of residents and house numbers from 1938 can be viewed here Some names may be familiar.

The house has since been identified as House No. 20 in another thread. The following is noted:

China Mail 6 June 1930

Arrangements had been made for the sale of No. 20, as the owner is not returning to China, a gentleman from Hong Kong being the purchaser (name not mentioned). One or more of the other houses on the market are also likely to find new owners.




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