Tingha is another old tin mining town of the Northern Tablelands. I have passed through it many times and have always wanted to stop at the Wing Hing Long & Co Museum.
The history of the Chinese in Northern NSW is of great interest to me. Thousands were involved in mining but one aspect of their remarkable story was retailing and the building of very popular general merchandise stores.
The Kwong Sing chain of stores stretched across many towns and cities and there is still the original branch that is going strong in Glen Innes. In Inverell, Hong Yuens is no longer a department store, but now a very modern and successful hardware shop with the old building now a new IGA Supermarket.
This was my 3rd or 4th attempt at visiting Wing Hing Long and guess what, it was closed again! Oh well another visit to Tingha must be organised in the not so distant future.
To read more about Wing Hing Long & Co and its proprietor Jack Joe Lowe and his daughter Mavis Pratt, Click Here.