P&O Building (5th generation) [c.1965-c.1980] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

P&O Building (5th generation) [c.1965-c.1980]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1965-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1980-12-31 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

Completion date is a guess, based on the photos we have of that area.

Demolition date also a guess, based on the completion date of the next building on the site.

Corrections welcome!

Photos that show this place


The person who made P&O big was Thomas Sutherland, he joined as a clerk from a humble Aberdeen Scotland background, dead dad and grandparents sold salted fish and barrels raised him.

As Calvanists they wanted him to go into the kirk, (church) he had ideas of mammon so they wrote to a contact they half knew- he happened to own small P&O

Young Sutherland came to HK as a teenager or so and started expanding P&O. As a business whizz he founded HSBC practically overnight , and Hong Kong Whampoa Docks now Hutchison Whampoa. At the age of 30 he was on Legco. Sutherland Street in Western is named after him

P&O realised they had a genius and recalled him to London , at 50 he headed P&O, he was a Liberal mp for Greenock for 20 yrs.and was on the board of theSuez Canal and Midland Bank.

He lost his 2 sons in the Boer and WW1 only his daughter survived

The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) has a celebrated history dating back to the 1830s. It was incorporated by a Royal Charter in 1840, and its name therefore includes neither "PLC" nor "Limited". The initials "P&O" are among the most familiar anywhere, and its house flag, older even than the Company itself, is one of the best known. The history of its first century is encapsulated in the heraldry of its Coat of Arms, granted in 1937, while throughout well over 160 years it has been a premier British shipping company, and in its time the largest and most varied in the world.

The P&O house flag is the Company's oldest symbol, incorporating the Royal colours of Portugal and Spain, the countries of the Iberian Peninsula to which its earliest services ran in the 1830s. The flag is now familiar all over the world, flown on ships, offices and depots on six continents.

 The P&O logo ...lives on as the P&O brand while the Company is no more having merged into DP World and its parent company Dubai World (a holding company of the Dubai Government).

Full dedicated P&O website: http://www.poships.co.uk/index.html

This view show the location of the first P & O premises (number 21 in the key).

1887 Panorama of Victoria, Hong Kong

P&O's previous premises were located one block west of Central Market before the building in your picture was opened in the late 1880s.