Just received the following rather disappointing reply.
(Past correspondence: My second letter http://hkpostbox.xanga.com/730553422/further-letter-to-heritage-commissioners-office/ ; their reply to my first letter:http://hkpostbox.xanga.com/730048642/reply-from-heritage-commissioners-office/ ; my first letter:http://hkpostbox.xanga.com/729529117/surprising-report-on-postbox-preservation/ )
Dear Mr Sin,
Thank you for your e-mail dated 19 July 2010 sharing with us your valuable information and views on the preservation of historic post boxes in Hong Kong.
As explained in our earlier reply, as a prompt response to community interest in preserving historic post boxes reported recently, the Commissioner for Heritage’s Office and the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) have worked with Hongkong Post to identify options for preserving the historic post boxes. Our first step is to preserve the 9 post boxes of longer history and unique features as mentioned in our last reply. We share with you the importance of collecting accurate historical information of these post boxes. For this purpose, AMO has started the detailed research on these 9 post boxes with a view to presenting their history for public information in future. We will have more detailed information on these post boxes when the research is completed. We have shared with Hongkong Post the information on the post box in Cheung Chau (SPB. no. 227) kindly provided by you. Hongkong Post has confirmed that the post box indeed should be a George VI posting box. The record of the post box has been amended accordingly.
We share with you the importance of continuing our work to preserve the other old post boxes. For this purpose, we work closely with Hongkong Post to monitor the condition of these post boxes because we believe in-service and in-situ preservation would be the best option to be explored first. Failing that, we will explore all other possible preservation options, including those useful suggestions you have kindly shared with us.
Thank you once again for your valuable suggestions. We look forward to working with committed friends of heritage like your goodself for preserving the important built heritage in Hong Kong.
Alfred P TANG
Commissioner for Heritage’s Office
Tel. no. 2848 6235