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Opened by Wong Sik She in 1894 at 59 Cuba Street[1] on the corner with Abel Smith Street.[2]

Wong She and Co Fruit Merchants and Gilmers Millinery on the corner of Abel Smith Street and Cuba Street Wellington City Council Archives. (1920, ca). Wong She and Co Fruit Merchants and Gilmers Millinery on the corner of Abel Smith Street and Cuba Street. Retrieved July 2, 2019, from https://archivesonline.wcc.govt.nz/nodes/view/13383

Giblin, R. (2000). Sik Lowe Young and Ray Wong She outside fruiterers Wong She & Sons, Lambton Quay, Wellington—Photograph taken by Ross Giblin (Negative at EP/2000/2093/11) [Dye coupler print]. https://natlib.govt.nz/records/22737531

Chan Shiu Fong. (1921, July). Min Sheng Xun = The Man Sing Times. Auckland Library - Chinese Journals Projects, p. 7. http://www.nzchinesejournals.org.nz/collect/pagescjp/cgi-bin/pagescjp?e=01off-------101en-25-10-1-0--0-0-1&a=d&d=D1.12

An advertisement in the Man Sing Times of July 1921 advertises fruit merchants Wong She & Co, as importers of Chinese silks, Crockery, Peanuts, Tea & Fireworks.[3][4]

Victoria University College Review. (1925). The Spike or Victoria University College Review September 1925. Retrieved August 6, 2017,from http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/VUW1925_48Spik-fig-VUW1925_48Spik082a.html

An advertisement in the Victoria University College Review in 1925 stated that their fruit was high-class, coming directly from the orchards, and fresh vegetables arrived daily from the market gardens[5]. They also advertised free delivery, wholesale prices to colleges and welcomed patronage from students.[5]

The shops were later located at 261 Cuba Street, Te Aro[3][6], on the corner with Abel Smith Street (Operated by Ng Yew-sui from the 1920s, retaining the original name)[1] and 148 Lambton Quay.[5]

Lambton Quay ca 1925: Wong She & Son building, Wholesale & Retail Fruiterers at lower right. Evening Post. (ca1925). Lambton Quay—Wellington Streets (From box containing EP-0371 to 0384) [B&w original negative]. EP-0376-1/2-G. https://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE13260042&dps_custom_att_1=emu

Lambton Quay ca 1925 (Detail): Wong She & Son building, Wholesale & Retail Fruiterers at lower right. Evening Post. (ca1925). Lambton Quay—Wellington Streets (From box containing EP-0371 to 0384) [B&w original negative]. EP-0376-1/2-G. https://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE13260042&dps_custom_att_1=emu

On the left is the New Occidental Hotel with Wm Beveridge as the proprietor. A sign on the hotel advertises `Speights prize ales always on tap'. On the right hand side on the street are: Nashs leather depot, The Royal Hotel, Hill Bros grocers, Hood Bros Ltd drapers and outfitters, and Wong She & Son. Smith, Sydney Charles. (1928). Victoria University capping parade, Lambton Quay, Wellington [1 b&w original negative]. PA-Group-00242: Smith, Sydney Charles, 1888-1972: Photographs of New Zealand. https://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE76362&dps_custom_att_1=emu

In 1928, Wong She & Company made a donation of £5 5s towards the National Art Gallery and Dominion Museum Fund.

Upon his return from China (late 1930s, early 1940s?), Young Shea Chan, a friend of the family, worked for Tom Wong She in the Lambton Quay shop.

Wong She & Co closed in 2000.[1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tung Jung Association of NZ. (2018). The Tung Jung Association of New Zealand - People. Retrieved 4 July 2018, from http://www.tungjung.org.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=16&Itemid=31
  2. Wellington City Council Archives. (1920, ca). Wong She and Co Fruit Merchants and Gilmers Millinery on the corner of Abel Smith Street and Cuba Street. Retrieved July 2, 2019, from https://archivesonline.wcc.govt.nz/nodes/view/13383
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chan Shiu Fong. (1921, July). Min Sheng Xun = The Man Sing Times. Auckland Library - Chinese Journals Projects, p. 7. http://www.nzchinesejournals.org.nz/collect/pagescjp/cgi-bin/pagescjp?e=01off-------101en-25-10-1-0--0-0-1&a=d&d=D1.12
  4. Nationalist Party (China), Wellington Branch, New Zealand. (1921, July 11). 民​聲​報​ The Man Sing Times Volume 001 Issue 001. Retrieved 24 January 2019, from https://kura.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/digital/?p=r&collection=p20062coll5&id=614&rec=1
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Victoria University College Review. (1925). The Spikeor Victoria University College Review September 1925. Retrieved August 6, 2017,from http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/VUW1925_48Spik-fig-VUW1925_48Spik082a.html
  6. Huang, J. (1913). International Chinese business directory of the world / compiled by Wong Kin. International Chinese Business Directory Co. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b440600;view=1up;seq=9

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