Tuesday 28 June 2011

Race Course Fire Memorial - II

We finally made it to the Race Course Fire Memorial, right at the end of our 25 day long visitor marathon. Phil and Oliver braved the nikniks and mosquitoes with us, and we all headed up the path at the side of the HK Stadium. It's virtually impossible to get lost on the way, as there are signs at each fork in the path.

It's a very impressive complex, and you would never guess that it's there, tucked away behind the stadium. We also saw all the foundations and floors of the old squatter settlements on the way up, very cool!

According to 80skid, a regular contributor to www.gwulo.com,

 "The memorial was originally built in 1922 on a small hill nearby named Coffee Garden Hill (named after 19th century plantations). The hill was levelled by the government in 1960 to built a sports stadium and the memorial shifted up the slopes. (The present stadium was rebuilt in the 1990s)"

We watched The World of Suzie Wong again, just to give the visitors an idea of what the squatter settlements might have looked like. Remembered how much we like the film, for goodness' sake!

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