St Stephens College (1st Location) [c.1903-c.1924] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

St Stephens College (1st Location) [c.1903-c.1924]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1903-01-01 (Year is approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1924-01-01 (Year is approximate)

From the St Stephens College Website:

In 1901, a group of eight Chinese businessmen and community leaders wrote to the Governor of Hong Kong asking him to open an English school for Chinese children residing in the Colony.


Through the concerted efforts of Sir Kai Ho Kai, Dr Tso Seen Wan, Bishop Joseph Hoare and Archdeacon William Banister, St Stephen’s College was opened in 1903, with six boarders and one day pupil, as a Christian boys’ school with a structure and curriculum resembling that of the public schools in England. The College was located at the junction of Bonham Road and Western Street in Sai Ying Pun, opposite the present King’s College. The first Principal was The Ven. E. J. Barnett.

The school initially used the Balls court building , subequently a new building was constructed next to Ball's court. The school moved to Pok Fu Lam in 1924 and Stanley in 1929.


Photos that show this place


Where was the Pok Fu Lam location?

No idea. My guess is tht is was near the present St Stephens Church College on Pok Fu Lam Road but I can find no evidence for this

According to St. Stephen's College's school magazine The Chimes, 1952 Jubilee issue, in around 1923-24 the College moved to these places:

  • "Two houses, Nos. 5, 6 Propsect Place, recently evacuated by the Fairlea Girls School, were available for Staff quarters, class-rooms and offices".
  • "The Haldon annexe, rejected by the College in 1903, was gladly utilised twenty years later for class-rooms, and Hall".
  • "The Women's School, next to St. Stephen's House was rented as a Science Building, and as a tiffin-room".

So I guess the College was not moved to Pokfulam Road, but further west of Bonham Road only.