The name of Cannon Street (Tua Cheng Hang) originated from this event with two versions of the story. One report said that in order to suppress the riots, the colonial government fired cannons at the territory of the Tua Pek Kong Hoey and created a big hole on the street; so people called the street Big Cannon Hole (Tua Cheng Khang). Later, as the hole was levelled up, it was renamed Cannon Street (Tua Cheng Hang).
Another story said that the Tua Pek Kong Hoey placed cannons on the street to resist the enemy and thus it was called Cannon Street.
According to a contemporary survey, the Tua Pek Kong Hoey actually possessed firearms and artillery during the riots, and the original Cannon Street was a much narrower defensive alley. In fact the name of Cannon Square had already appeared in 1867, indicating that Cannon Street could have been named after it.