Duddell Street is named after George Duddell (1821-1887), who came to Hong Kong in 1844 via British Burma. By 1850, he became a major landowner in the newly established colony and some of his land was located in the vicinity of this street. Duddell returned to England in 1858 and only visited Hong Kong just once more, in 1881-1882, before his death.
Found huddled together along the west side of the street, both Dina House and Ruttonjee House have, for many years, been owned by the very important Parsee family, the Ruttonjees, and the respective present iterations of these buildings are in fact erected on the sites of the original Dina House and Ruttonjee House. During the war, Jehangir Ruttonjee opened these two buildings to house other members of the Hong Kong Parsee community, offering them shelter and food. His valiance earned him and his son imprisonment by the Japanese.