1900 Jan 17
Cheung Chau,, Rates, 1899
In January 17th, 1900, Deputy Land Officer, Bruce Shepherd, wrote in his report to Legislative Council on Land Administration in New Territories that owing to the value of the police protection now afforded by their incorporation into the Colony, the owners have voluntarily offered to pay increased, or such increased land tax as I recommend to be fair.
But then in 1901, in his report to Legislative Council, the member of Land Court, H.H.J. Gompertz, remarked that there are claims of land from Tsing Yi, Ma Wan, Ni Ku Chau and Cheung Chau, all 880 cases in total in 1900.
Indian and Chinese
1900 Jan 17
BritishPolicy on land administration in New Territories, 1899
Bruce Shepherd, then Deputy Land Officer, stated clearly in his report to Government dated 17th January, 1900, of BritishPolicy in land administration in New Territories.
The policy would be based on the Land Registration Ordinance of 1843, requiring all land owners to register their land ownerships from, they would then be issued title deeds for a period of 99 years.
, the , issued a Chinese notice on 12th July 1899 informing all land owners of New Territories and Outlying Islands to file their claims of land ownerships.
emphasised all owners ought to bring along their title deeds in person, submit the filled-in claim form to visiting officer to the village.
A list of land owner names would be posted in the village for 7 days. If there was no dispute, a certificate of title would be issued to individual owner after payment of.
If there were disputes, the case would be passed on to Squatters Board for examination and the outcome would be decided by.
All land in New Territories would be surveyed for its size and exact location, land not claimed would be Britishland.
“ Do not say that I have not warned you here, do not show disobedience.”.
English Land Claim Form
|Chinese Land Claim Form|
1905 Mar 18
Cheung Chau, 1905
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 Kongissued a single land lease covering many land lots belonging to same family for easy management accordingly.
is a typical example, after land claim for Cheung Chau in 1899, Hong Kong issued a Block Crown Lease on 18th of March in 1905 to register 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.
1912 Aug 21
Hong KongNew Territories South Assistant , S H Peplow, recorded at mid night of August 21st 1912 , a group of 50 pirates in small boats landed in Cheung Chau near Station.
They went in to kill 3 Indianon duty, ransacked the station and took away HK$3,000 cash from the safe, together with all guns and ammunition.
The pirates went on to rob all shops and residences in neighbourhood.
One or two pirates died and some are also injured.
The piracy shocked Hong Kong and caused Cheung ChauStation to move in 1913-1914 to high ground from the shore, at current location in Police Station Path.
Cheung Chau Police Station
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