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121030 Club Meeting: The Chinese Market Gardens & Gardeners of Ryde & Eastwood - Angela Phippen

Did you know that Ryde Bus Depot was once the site of a market garden?
The first identifiable reference to men of Chinese origin in the Ryde area was in the Sands Directory in the late 1880s. Ah Sing in 1887-1888 and Ah Hay 1889-1890 are listed in Victoria Road, West Ryde; Ah Come from 1887-1890 in Providence Road. The 1891 Census records 20 Chinese; the 1901 census lists 10.
As the Chinese population aged and was, because of immigration restrictions, not being replaced at a suitable rate, the number of Chinese market gardens declined during the 1930s. However, by WWII there were still at least 15 market gardens being operated by the Chinese in the Ryde local government area. It is not known when the last Chinese market garden closed.
Hear Angela Phippen, Local Studies and Family History Librarian, City of Ryde.

Introduced by: Martin Aston
Vote of appreciation by: John Brown

30-Oct-2012 at 6pm

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