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For six years a research team at the University of Hong Kong has been studying the historic lighthouses in Hong Kong and nearby places. Currently there are six historic lighthouses in Hong Kong. In 1850s, suggestion was first made to erect lighthouses near Hong Kong in order to guide the vessels approaching Hong Kong harbour. The first set of lighthouse locations was within China’s Territory hence the proposal was rejected. With the continuing booming of maritime trade activities and the support of the Chamber of Commerce, lighthouses were erected in Cape D’Aguilar and Green Island in 1875, and Cape Collinson in 1876.
In 1892 and 1893 the Gap Rock Lighthouse and the Waglan Lighthouse were completed to guide the vessels from the South and North respectively. In 1905 a new lighthouse was built on Green Island to receive the lantern room from Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse which had become redundant after the operation of Waglan Lighthouse. The Tang Lung Chau Lighthouse was lit in 1912.
Based on the intensive study of archives in Hong Kong and London, and interviews with the relevant personnel such as the retired lighthouse keepers and descendants of the design engineer, this talk aims to present the engineering history of historic lighthouses in Hong Kong.
The presentation will cover the following aspects:
Please note that this event will be between 19.00 - 20.30 HK time
Currently Dr Poon is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong. Previously he was Associate Professor, Deputy Head and Acting Head of the same Department.
In 1970s, he studied Structural Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic. Later he obtained an MSc in Construction and PhD from Loughborough University, UK.
He is a Chartered Structural Engineer, a Corporate Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and a Member of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
He worked in consulting firms for several years before commencing teaching and research at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The National University of Singapore and The University of Hong Kong.
His research interests include temporary works design and construction, and investigation of accidents and failures during construction.
In the last decade his research interest has covered the historic construction works such as the Centenary Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir Dam, History of Quarrying in Hong Kong, and Historic Lighthouses in Hong Kong and Nearby Places.
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