Reply from Commissioner for Heritage’s Office received on 22 July 2011: link
From “Sin Wai Man” <lemonrunner></lemonrunner>
To “Alfred P TANG, Commissioner for Heritage’s Office” <alfred_p_tang></alfred_p_tang>
cc “Mr Clement Cheung, Postmaster General” <hkpo>,</hkpo>
“Mrs Laura Aron, Commissioner for Heritage” <cho>,</cho>
bcc Sin Wai Man <lemonrunner></lemonrunner>
date 7 July 2011 12:43 subject Re: Fw: Preservation of Old Postboxes in HK mailed-by gmail.com
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Dear Mr Tang,
I take the liberty of writing you again to bring to your attention the wanting conditions of several historic postboxes – especially two King George V boxes which are included in the Commissioner for Heritage’s Office’s nine-postbox preservation plan mentioned in 活化@Heritage Issue No. 13, June 2010 – that my friends and I have noticed in our endeavour to do an annual check up for all historic postboxes in Hong Kong.
The two KGV postboxes which require prompt attentions are:
- Postbox No.91, 22-24 Hong Lee Road, Hong Lee Court, Crocodile Hill, Kwun Tong: paint peel off and rust. Photos available athttp://hkpostbox.xanga.com/725717704/%E6%90%9C%E7%B4%A2%E9%9A%8A%E5%9B%9E%E5%A0%B1—%E9%83%B5%E7%AD%92-91
- Postbox No.235, 1A Hoi Phong Road, Lei Yu Mun: part covered with a thick layer of dark dirt/mold. Photos athttp://hkpostbox.xanga.com/725717361/%E6%90%9C%E7%B4%A2%E9%9A%8A%E5%9B%9E%E5%A0%B1—%E9%83%B5%E7%AD%92-235/
The following Queen Elizabeth II boxes are also found to be in wanting conditions:
- Postbox No.370, Tai Mong Tsai Bus Terminal, Sai Kung: horridly uneven paint and rust all over the lower half of this box (which seemed to be caused by deficient paintmanship and/or maintenance)http://hkpostbox.xanga.com/726268615/%E6%90%9C%E7%B4%A2%E9%9A%8A%E5%9B%9E%E5%A0%B1—%E9%83%B5%E7%AD%92370/
- Postbox No.90: 53 Kwun Tong Road, Kai Tak Mansion: paint peel off and rust.http://hkpostbox.xanga.com/701388581/2562832034385382223822577—371093157090/
- Postbox No.96: Castle Peak Road, Seaview Garden, Tsing Yung Street: paint peel off.http://hkpostbox.xanga.com/726235356/%E6%90%9C%E7%B4%A2%E9%9A%8A%E5%9B%9E%E5%A0%B1—%E9%83%B5%E7%AD%9296/
- Postbox No.162, Fu On House,Tai Wo Hau Estate: graffiti defacement.http://hkpostbox.xanga.com/717768245/%E6%90%9C%E7%B4%A2%E9%9A%8A%E5%9B%9E%E5%A0%B1—–%E9%83%B5%E7%AD%92162/?
I hope that attentions in the form of regular maintenance and repainting will be accorded to these living historic relics in Hong Kong.
Also, as there is currently no Edward VII postbox present either on the streets or museums of Hong Kong and I understand there is still one such pillar box in storage by Hongkong Post, I would like to suggest that the Commissioner for Heritage’s Office explore with Hongkong Post the possibility of either re-installing it in active service or displaying it in a suitable museum or venue.
Sin Wai Man