Thomson Road, Hong Kong

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Thomson Road (traditional Chinese :譚臣道; simplified Chinese :谭臣道; pinyin :Tánchén Dào; Cantonese Yale :taam4 san4 dou6) is a road in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. It was named on 30 October 1931 after Alexander MacDonald Thomson, a Colonial Treasurer of Hong Kong from 1899 to 1918.

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It has been separated into two sections since Southorn Playground was built in 1932.

Southorn Playground A playground in Wan Chai

Southorn Playground is a sports and recreational ground in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. It comprises a football pitch, four basketball courts, and a children's playground.


The name of road was gazetted in October 1931. Hon. Alexander MacDonald Thomson first appeared in colonial service in 1887 in a lowly capacity. By July 1898, he was Acting Colonial Treasurer and Collector of Stamp Revenue and he stood in for a few months as Acting Colonial Secretary for Sir Henry May in 1909, then twice more in 1910 and 1912. When Thomson retired in 1918, he was Colonial Treasurer. He had a pension of HK$4,200 per annum.

Francis Henry May British colonial administrator

Sir Francis Henry May was a British colonial administrator who was Governor of Fiji from 1911 to 1912, and Governor of Hong Kong from 1912 to 1918.

A pension is a fund into which a sum of money is added during an employee's employment years and from which payments are drawn to support the person's retirement from work in the form of periodic payments. A pension may be a "defined benefit plan", where a fixed sum is paid regularly to a person, or a "defined contribution plan", under which a fixed sum is invested that then becomes available at retirement age. Pensions should not be confused with severance pay; the former is usually paid in regular installments for life after retirement, while the latter is typically paid as a fixed amount after involuntary termination of employment prior to retirement.

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