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Quong Tart c 1880s

By Unknown artist

Mei Quong Tart was born at Hsinning (Sun-Ning), China, in 1850. At the age of nine he travelled to New South Wales with an uncle who had charge of transporting Chinese labourers by ship to the Braidwood goldfields. Quong lived with a family at Bells Creek. He learnt English, converted to Christianity and made his fortune through gold investments. Quong moved to Sydney and married Margaret Scarlett, a young Englishwoman, in 1886. The couple had six children.

A well-known and popular identity, Quong dressed as a Victorian gentleman, and had a fondness for Scottish songs and playing the bagpipes. He was a prosperous silk and tea merchant, and a successful restaurant operator — with a restaurant on King St and a tearoom at the Queen Victoria markets. Quong was also an active philanthropist and campaigner against opium importation.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on board
Call Number:
ML 1346
Published date:
c 1880s
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Saturday, 1 January 1881
Finished Tuesday, 31 December 1889