Women of the Chinese Tearooms

Sydney in the 1880s was a town of pubs, oyster saloons and chophouses, with not much on offer for women. This changed with the opening of the refined tearooms owned by Chinese immigrant Quong Tart.

In this illustrated presentation featuring historic images, curator Dr Nicola Teffer talks about the women of the Chinese tearooms: the ‘ladies who lunched’, the social reformers and the waitresses who served them all.

The tearooms offered women of all classes a place to meet, socialise and collaborate on social causes such as the right to vote, temperance, the right for all children to attend a kindergarten and other women’s rights.

Please note that the date of this event has changed from the print date to Saturday 17 May.

Dr Nicola Teffer is an art historian and curator with a particular interest in 19th-century Australian photography and social history. She was the 2012 State Library of NSW Nancy Keesing Fellow, and won the University of Technology’s Chancellor’s Award for her doctoral thesis in 2001. As well as curating Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story for Sydney Living Museums, Nicola has curated a number of exhibitions for the City of Sydney, including No Ordinary Man: Sydney’s Quong Tart, Coffee Customs, Recollecting Rowe Street and Spanning the Decades. She has lectured in the art history departments of the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney and has published her work in a number of academic journals.

Free with museum entry

When & Where

Saturday 17 May 2014 2PM–3PM

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Museum: 02 9251 5988