Cheung Chau Block Crown Lease, 1905

Mar 18 1905

Cheung Chau Block Crown Lease, 1905

Block Crown Lease is basically a Land Lease covering many land lots.

In the past, many big families in New Territories have built up a large land bank in certain village or district over a long period of time. Hong Kong Colonial Government issued a single land lease covering many land lots belonging to same family for easy management accordingly.

Wong Wai Tsak Tong is a typical example, after land claim for Cheung Chau in 1899, Hong Kong Colonial Government issued a Block Crown Lease on 18th of March in 1905 to register Wong Wai Tsak Tong for 90% of private land on Cheung Chau.

In 1995, a legislation named Block Crown Lease (Cheung Chau) Ordinance, passed to terminate Wong Wai Tsak Tong’s Taxlord status for Cheung Chau, all sub-lessees of Wong Wai Tsak Tong, lease renewed or not, who were registered in Land Registry before commencement of this legislation, would become Hong Kong Government lessee.

A chapter was closed for Wong Wai Tsak Tong and Hong Kong Colonial Government.

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Last edited by Cheung Chau Magazine on 2013 Oct 04

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