A Chinese worker in the market gardens in the early 1900s
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Photographer Auckland Weekly News, 1901

From Arch Hill to the table: Chinese market gardens

FreeAccessibleCentral Auckland

Thursday 11 October, 10.30am-11.30am


Point Chevalier Library

1221 Great North Rd, Point Chevalier

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Event details

Historian Lisa Truttman explores the stories behind the largest combined area of Chinese market gardens on the Auckland Isthmus – those which were once at Arch Hill and Mt Albert, along with surrounding earlier ones in Herne Bay and Grey Lynn, and later ones at Point Chevalier.

Productive from 1880 through to the 1940s, these gardens helped supply Aucklanders and visitors to the city with fresh vegetables.

They were also the basis for the growth of Chinese businesses, leading to a settled Chinese community in Auckland, despite discrimination, thefts, wild chases after pilferers across the landscape, and shooting incidents.

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