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Starch work by experts

Wednesday 5 June 12pm to 1pm Free

Chinese laundries in Aotearoa New Zealand, with Dr Joanna Boileau, Auckland Museum.


This talk provides a brief overview of the history of Chinese laundries in New Zealand, along with telling the story behind the rise and decline of laundries in Auckland, from their beginnings in the 1890s. Also presented will be stories of some major laundry families in Auckland, revealing insights into their daily lives.

Bio: Dr Joanna Boileau specialises in researching the history of the Chinese in Australasia. In 2014 she completed a PhD on Chinese market gardening in Australia and New Zealand. The Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust subsequently commissioned her to research and write a book on the history of Chinese laundries in New Zealand. It will be published in early 2019.

About HeritageTalks

Are you interested in family and local history; the historical stories of New Zealand, the Pacific, and beyond?

Then why not come along to one of our HeritageTalks - Waha pū-taonga and hear more about both our personal and our shared heritage? Experts in specialised fields deliver these talks and provide insight into our histories. 

HeritageTalks take place at least fortnightly, in the Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library unless otherwise stated. Booking is recommended although not essential.

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