BOOK REVIEW: MADE IN CHINATOWN Ann Toy – TAASA Review March 2023
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This article was originally found in the March 2023 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 32, Issue 1, Page 24).
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Made in Chinatown.
Chinese-Australian Furniture Factories, 1880- 1930 Peter Charles Gibson Sydney University Press RRP: $40 paperback, 226 pp Last December, the City of Sydney Council proposed naming a new lane between George and Pitt Streets ‘Ah Toy Lane’ a profound tribute to the contribution of Chinese cabinetmakers in Sydney and to celebrate the multicultural history of this city.
Ah Toy owned a large and successful furniture factory and showroom at 192 George Street – near the new lane – which employed over 60 men...