Staff of Tong's Store in Chinese dress for the China Day Appeal and parade in Murwillumbah in August 1943. Left to right: Thelma Mee Lee, May Sue, Olga Lock Lee, Rita Tong, Mavis Mapp, Nancy Sutton, Eadie Jack, June Dwyer, Daphne Innes.
Staff of Tong's Store in Chinese dress for the China Day Appeal and parade in Murwillumbah in August 1943. Left to right: Thelma Mee Lee, May Sue, Olga Lock Lee, Rita Tong, Mavis Mapp, Nancy Sutton, Eadie Jack, June Dwyer, Daphne Innes. - Supplied

Book documents Tweed's Chinese

A BOOK exploring the historical presence of Chinese families on the Tweed will be unveiled this Saturday in Murwillumbah.

Families of Fortune - Chinese People in the Tweed was organised by Tweed River Regional Museum and will delve into the long-term contributions of Chinese families on the Tweed dating back to the 19th century.

The book will be launched alongside an exhibition celebrating the Chinese community on the Tweed.

It is set to expand on the museum's former book The Other Side of the World, which covered mainly post-World War II events.

Curator Sally Watterson said the long-term contributions of the Tweed's Chinese community were not adequately researched in their previous title.

“The first book focused on post-1945, but we found that a lot of these families were here before then,” Ms Watterson said. “Five Chinese families were interviewed for the book.”

She said contributions from a number of historians helped make the book possible.

“Historians Joanna Boileau and Frank Mills and are to be commended for their wonderful research towards the projects. The Brunswick Valley Historical Society has been most gracious in making records and information available also.”

  • THE public are invited to the official exhibition opening on Saturday at 10am at the Coolamon Cultural Centre in Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah. Light refreshments will be served.


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