Reflect: Wong Bue & South Perth Market Gardens

Free Library

Event Information

  • Date DATE
    21 May 2019
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  • Time TIME
    6.30 - 8PM
  • Location LOCATION
    Old Mill Education Centre
    Melville Place, South Perth
  • Cost COST
    Free, bookings essential
  • Hosted by HOSTED BY
    City of South Perth Libraries
  • Extra Information

    Doors open 6.15pm.

    Complimentary tea, coffee and cold filtered water will be available. 

    In the interests of more sustainable living please BYO mug and/or water bottle. 

ReflectWongBue

From the 1880s to 1952, Chinese gardeners cultivated the riverside land which is now Sir James Mitchell Park. They were contradictory figures – remembered with some affection after their departure, but often viewed with suspicion and fear as outsiders, harbouring disease, strange customs and alleged “immorality.”

The Chinese men themselves are often silent in historical accounts, but Wong Bue – gardener, businessman, interpreter, smuggler of “smelly fish,” and self-proclaimed “Good Christian Gentleman” – spoke out fiercely in support of his countrymen, while assimilating into the commercial world of Perth and establishing a domestic life with the definitively un-Chinese Mary Boyd.

Join City of South Perth Local History Librarian Anthony Styan on a journey through two worlds, illuminating the mysteries of the Chinese Gardens and investigating the cultural and political context of early-twentieth century Perth’s ‘Chinese Question’.

Reflect is a new series of local history talks presented by South Perth Local History Librarian Anthony Styan who will take you on adventures through archives and archaeology, and learn about the odd, original and often interesting history within the City of South Perth.

Complimentary tea, coffee and cold filtered water will be available. In the interests of more sustainable living please BYO mug and/or water bottle. 

Doors open 6.15pm

South Perth Library