"Saving Lives, Helping the Needy: Yau Ma Tei Public Dispensary and Kwong Wah Hospital" in Talk Series of "Traces of Yau Ma Tei: Life of the Early Chinese People"
Organised by Tung Wah Museum and In assoication with Hong Kong Museum of History
"Traces of Yau Ma Tei: Life of the Early Chinese People" Talk Series
As early as the 1870s, many Chinese people lived in Yau Ma Tei, most of them working class and boat people. The population continued to grow at the turn of the 20th century, driving the development of Yau Ma Tei and nearby areas. In 1904, Tung Wah Hospital established a free school in Temple Street to provide education for school-age children; subsequently in 1911, Kwong Wah Hospital, the first hospital in Kowloon, was founded in Yau Ma Tei in response to the government's proposal to provide Chinese and Western medical services to Chinese people. Over time, the area has changed substantially as the government’s urban planning efforts called for reclamation works in Yau Ma Tei – its landscape today is much different from the past. Making use of invaluable historical images and archives, this talk series will explore the development of mass education and healthcare services in Yau Ma Tei, share stories of the area, and examine the life of the Chinese people.
Third talk："Saving Lives, Helping the Needy: Yau Ma Tei Public Dispensary and Kwong Wah Hospital" (Delivered in hybrid mode)
Demolished in the 1970s, Yau Ma Tei Public Dispensary in Kansu Street was seen by some as a financial burden to Kwong Wah Hospital before the Second World War. Looking back at the history of this Chinese public dispensary, from establishment, expansion to closure, as well as its relationship with Kwong Wah Hospital, insights can be gained on the early development of healthcare services for Hong Kong's grassroots population.
Speaker : Mr SUN Tak Wing, Kevin (Curator, Hong Kong Museum of History)
Date : 15 July 2023 (Sat)
Time : 3-5 pm
Venue : Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Museum of History (100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon)
* Free admission, first come, first served.
* Subject to the consent from the speakers, video archive will be available on Hong Kong Museum of History online platform "Talking History, e-GO!", please press here for further details.