Statue of Sir Thomas Jackson, 1st Baronet
Statue of the HSBC banker, Sir Thomas Jackson, 1st Baronet, with Prince's Building in the background, in 2006.
Statue Square (Chinese: 皇后像廣場; lit. "Empress' Statue Square") is a public pedestrian square in Central, Hong Kong. Built entirely on reclaimed land at the end of the 19th century, Statue Square consists of two parts separated by Chater Road into a northern and a southern sections. It is bordered by Connaught Road Central in the north and by Des Voeux Road Central in the south. The name is a reference to the statues, mainly of British royalty, which stood on the square until the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during WWII. Today, the only statue on the square is the one of Sir Thomas Jackson, 1st Baronet, an early HSBC banker.
he pretty pedestrian area that has become known as Statue Square has been a fixture in Hong Kong since the end of the 19th century. At that time, Hong Kong chose to honor royalty from the then-mother country of England as well as a prominent citizen who had left his mark on the British colony. When the square was first organized, statues of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria, and Edward VII (Prince of Wales and later King of Great Britain and Ireland) all stood in this area. Joining them was Sir Thomas Jackson, the chief manager of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) from 1876 to 1902. Originally, one could view Victoria Harbor from the northern side of the square. However, buildings now stand between Statue Square and the waterfront.