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Early China Coast MeteorologyThe Role of Hong Kong$
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P. Kevin MacKeown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028856

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028856.001.0001

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An Observatory for Hong Kong

An Observatory for Hong Kong

(p.27) 2 An Observatory for Hong Kong
Early China Coast Meteorology

P. Kevin MacKeown

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the history of the proposal for the construction of an observatory in Hong Kong. The recognition of the need for an observatory for use in professional storm warning came around 1874 when a major typhoon struck the territory resulting in the loss of at least 2,500 lives. However, it was only in 1877 that the first steps were taken towards the building of an observatory and it took another five years before a decision in favor of the project was made. Surveyor general J. M. Price played an important role in lobbying for the construction of the observatory.

Keywords:   observatory, Hong Kong, storm warning, typhoon, J. M. Price

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