The Early Years

The Kowloon Canton Railway terminus consisted of several windy platforms, a temporary ticketing office, a clock tower that first chimed the hour in 1914, prior to a handsome permanent building being opened to the public two years later.

An unusual 1920s perspective of the harbour. (L-R) Butterfield & Swire (1897), The New Oriental Building (1898), The Great Northern Telegraph Company (1895) and the second Hong Kong Club Building (1897).

Beaconsfield Arcade (1878) was designed by Wilberforce Wilson and Godfrey Bird for the wealthy merchant Emanuel Raphael Belilios. Proud of his Jewish heritage, Belilios named his new commercial development after Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield, who was Britain's first Jewish Prime Minister from 1874-1880.

Beaconsfield Arcade of 1878, opposite the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in Queen's Road Central was designed for the wealthy merchant, Emanuel Raphael Belilios. Proud of his heritage, Belilios named the new commercial venture after Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield, who was Britain's first Jewish Prime Minister (1874-1880).

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