The Women of Sydney’s Chinese Tearooms,1880s.

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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.
The tearooms became a venue for 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.
via Women of the Chinese Tearooms | Sydney Living Museums.