The small Ammar mosque in Happy Valley was re-built after World War II adjacent to the Muslim cemetery to offer Janazah (Funeral) prayers but also accommodated the needs of the five daily prayers as demand grew. It acted as a religious, cultural and communal focus for a number of Hong Kong Muslims in addition to the Shelley Street mosque. <Read more ...>
"The old Mosque was demolished in January 1980 and construction work on the new Mosque commenced on March 6, 1981. The new Mosque was completed with a total cost of HK$25 million and was opened for daily prayers on Friday, May 11, 1984"
Charles Gesner van der Voort (1916-1991) worked at Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC), with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou (Canton), Tianjin (Tientsin), Rotterdam and London. At the start of the company, in 1903, Willem Kien started to work for HCHC in Shanghai, later becoming director. In 1921 he left China and became director at the Rotterdam head office.
This photo is from a folder of ca. 1910 Hong Kong postcards by M. Sternberg.
In the early part of this century there were some 400 Muslims from Indian sub-continent working in the Hong Kong Prisons Department. In the beginning their Headquarters were in Arbuthnot Road/Victoria Prison area which is quite close to Shelly Street where there existed a Mosque where they could pray. <Read more ...>