Sir Murray McLehose, then Governor General of Hong Kong, touring the Hong Kong colony north of Kowloon, was appalled at the squalid living conditions of some ‘boat people’ living in a tidal basin. The small inlet that held their tiny houseboats was no more than an open sewer. Sir Murray immediately began a new project, filling a nearby harbor to make housing for the boat people. Maunsell Consultants Asia called me back to Hong Kong to locate fill for the harbor project. It grew into several other projects, all to expand living space for Hong Kong’s millions.
So, again, I had to leave my family for months, but I could also renew acquaintances in Hong Kong.
This time, though, I looked forward to bringing Elle to Hong Kong to visit me, at the end of the project.