A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Kwong Sing - Glen Innes
The Kwong Sing Emporium is Glen Innes's oldest surviving business, established in 1886. For many years it was ran by Percy Puck Sing Young (Kwan Hong Kee) the first of his clan to emigrate to Australia from China in 1876.
The grand late-Victorian Italianate department store was built in successive stages between 1886 and 1915. These days sections of the store have been subdivided into other businesses but Kwong Sing still sells clothing and footwear: oh for the days when it sold hay, sugar by the loaf, Indian Root Pills and dynamite.
To read more about the incredible story of Percy Young and the retail dynasty he spawned/nurtured across Northern NSW click here.