Quong Tart and the suffragettes

Quong Tart at his Loong Shan Tea Rooms in King St, Sydney. Photo © State Library of NSW.

BY CATHERINE TURNER @mscatherinet

In this audio story Catherine interviews City of Sydney Historian, Dr Lisa Murray, about the story of the Loong Shan Tea Rooms at 137 King St, Sydney. Quong Tart’s King Street Tea Rooms were one of the first venues to welcome women in the late 19th Century. Chinese-born Sydney businessman Quong Tart made the upstairs reading room in the tea rooms available to women to hold meetings. It quickly became an organising hub for Sydney’s early suffragettes.

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