Ming Sung Laundry, 130 Greys Avenue. Photo supplied by Connie Kum.

Collars, Cuffs and 'Penguin Shirts': Chinese Laundries in Central Auckland

FreeCentral Auckland

Saturday 14 October and Sunday 15 October, 2pm-3.30pm


Meet at Aotea Square near main entrance to Aotea Centre

301-317 Queen Street, Auckland Central

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Bookings preferred

Walking shoes are suggested

Contact Chunyan Han

027 963 8757



Come along and explore a less well known aspect of Auckland's Chinese history.

Laundry work was one of the three main occupations that Chinese immigrants to New Zealand took up after the gold rushes, along with market gardening and fruit and vegetable stores.

The first laundries opened in the 1890s and by WWI there were about 34 Chinese laundries in Auckland.

A guided walking tour of the sites of some of the many Chinese laundries which once traded in central Auckland, covering Greys Avenue, Pitt Street, Mercury Lane and Hobson Street.

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