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The Fire of Happy Valley Racecourse 1918-02-26

17 Responses to The Fire of Happy Valley Racecourse 1918-02-26

  1. aheadq says:

    1918 February 26th, it was a beautiful sunny day.

  2. aheadq says:

    To the roar of the crowd, Sir Ellis Kadoorie‘s TYTAM CHIEF galloped home to win the Hong Kong Derby.

    • rewon says:

      Just before the China Stakes were due to start, there was a second, more sinister roar as one of the three storey rickety grandstands collapsed like a house of cards sending 3,000 spectators tumbling to the ground.

  3. rewon says:

    烈焰情度大,火只焚燒了廿多分鐘, 但導致600餘人喪生

    • cellrico says:

      火燒馬棚」死了好幾百人,以當時香港人口而論,燒死幾百人的比率,差不多等於現在幾萬人的了,可見其影響性之大。

  4. rewon says:

    Underneath the stand were a number of cooked food stalls selling tea and dim sum. These primitive field kitchens were crushed during the collapse, littering the ground with burning coals.

  5. cellrico says:

    雖然在正式文字上,塲內幾處不同的看台地段,是叫會員席、公眾席及中塲席等等的,但是在一般人口頭上,則很少會用到這個「席」字,因爲通常總是用個「棚」字,不是「會員棚」就是「公眾棚」。

    • 競馬 says:

      最初的時候,人擠到連竹棚也爆了,那不是指滿人到極是指甚麼?

  6. cellrico says:

    The broken bamboo matting burst instantly into flames and soon the whole grandstand was ablaze.

  7. 競馬 says:

    在發生了「火燒馬棚」慘案之後,社會爆發了一陣對階級歧視的不滿。

  8. 競馬 says:

    「會員席」之所以叫「會員棚」,及「公眾席」之所以叫「公眾棚」,則因爲這兩個席的前身確然是用竹來蓋的

  9. 競馬 says:

    「中塲席」,則可能因爲是新名詞關係,所以一路都沒有人稱之爲「中塲棚」的,大概是因爲那個「席」自成立的第一天開始,便已經是「席」而不是「棚」。

  10. […] It is impossible to say how many were burned to death – probably this will never be known.” http://racingmemories.hk/hottopics/1918-02-26-the-fire-of-happy-valley-racecourse/ (4) Do jornal “THE NEW YORK TIMES” de 28 de Fevereiro, 1918 “HUNDREDS KILLED AT RACES; Panic […]

    • RM says:

      fully agree! All those estimations were deduced by the evidences collected from English and Chinese newspapers in Hong Kong around that era.

      • circlelo says:

        From the Chinese Inscriptions on the Official Memorial tablet located at the bottom right of the tomb, unidentifiable human remains were more than 590, and the numbers recorded on the registry were 614.

  11. […] levied such a terrible toll of human life though the fire was highly blazed only for 20 minutes. 1918-02-26 Mat-sheds Fire in Happy […]

  12. […] 6 February marks the centenary of a fire at Happy Valley Racecourse, with an estimated 600+ deaths.The Fire of Happy Valley Racecourse 1918-02-26 There is a very elaborate, but run down, memorial to the event up a pathway behind the Hong Kong […]

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