March 2019 Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dr Ian Hoskins, North Sydney Council Historian
Topic: Chinese Market Gardeners and Storekeepers in North Sydney
As we have just clicked over into the Chinese Year of the Pig, the characteristics of which are diligence and generosity, it is appropriate to consider the history of the Chinese in North Sydney. In a speech to his St Leonards constituents, it is notable that Henry Parkes described the Chinese as sober, industrious and law abiding - despite doing all he could to restrict their immigration to New South Wales. This talk expands on the recent NSHS Journal article of the same name and explores where, when and why the Chinese lived and worked in North Sydney
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