Soup Spoon - Dinner Set, Chinese, Samuel Louey Gung, Melbourne, circa1950s Object Reg. No: HT 33716 26

Soup spoon which is part of a Chinese dinner set in use from the early 1950s in Melbourne by Samuel Louey Gung and his family.

Samuel Louey Gung, the son of Sydney Louey Gung, was born in Carlton in 1920 and died in Melbourne in 1993. He was educated in China and married Mary Mak in 1941. They migrated with two children in 1947 and had a further five children in Melbourne. Samuel worked with his father in the Geraldton Fruit Company.
Porcelain soup spoon. The top side of the spoon is pink with gold Chinese characters in white circles, The underside is white.
Statement Of Significance:
The Gung family collection provides an invaluable representation of Chinese migration and settlement experiences in the Museum's migration collections. The family narrrative spans two generations, enabling the exploration of key themes such as the establishment and gradual dillution of the White Australia policy, Chinese businesses and the labour market, and family life. Many of the documents in the collection reflect the gradual easing of the restrictions on Asian immigration which occurred in the 1950s and 1960s, policy shifts which contributed to the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975. The objects compliment the photographs and documents and tell the story of a family's desire to continue their cultural practices and remember their cultural heritage while living in Australia from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Jeff Gung, 2013
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 28 mm (Height), 45 mm (Width), 132 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Height refers to spoon sitting flat on a surface with handle raised.

More information

Tagged with: food containers, chinese communities, chinese immigration, eating dining
Themes this item is part of: Gung Family Collection, Samuel Gung, Son of Chinese Migrants (1920-1993), Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Community Life
Tertiary Classification: social functions
Previous Owner: Mr Samuel Gung, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s

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