CHINESE AUSTRALIAN FURNITURE MAKERS, 18701930 – TAASA Review September 2019
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This article was originally found in the September 2019 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 28, Issue 3, Page 12).
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Peter Gibson D uring the late19th and early 20th centuries, Chinese Australian furniture makers had a vital stake in Australia’s furniture industry.
Operating chiefly in Sydney and Melbourne as part of a broad economic diversification by Chinese migrants after the gold rushes of the 1850s and 1860s, they rivalled their European counterparts for primacy in Australian furniture production.
At numerical peak in 1912, there were approximately 200 Chinese furniture factories with close to 2,000 Chinese workers Australia-wide...