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This photograph, from the Wong Ah Sat archive, shows Amelia Eve Wong and her husband Alfred Marks at the time of their marriage in 1916. Two other portraits of Amelia have been featured on Photo of the Day, a studio portrait from 1891 and a family portrait from 1907. Other photographs in the archive, mostly informal, outdoor portraits, are thought to have been created by Amelia Eve and/or her brother, Henry H. Wong.
The father of Amelia Eve Wong, Wong Ah Sat, came to Australia from southern China in 1857. In 1864 he married Amelia Hackney, who had come with her prosperous and well-educated family from Manchester, England, where they had been involved in the drapery trade. Sat and Amelia took up a property near Bathurst and later moved to Bolong where they ran a store and raised a large family, becoming respected members of the predominantly Anglo-Celtic farming community.
The Powerhouse Museum holds a collection of objects and photographs from the Wong family, many of which are currently on display in the exhibition, What’s in store? A history of retailing in Australia.
Post by Kathy Hackett, Photo Librarian
Photography by Rozelle studios, Goulburn.
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