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Chinese Harp (Musical T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_2013.234.001 a-b-c
  • Item

Donor played the instrument in Chinese orchestras in Vancouver and Nanaimo. The instrument dates from c.1930 and he received it from his Uncle Sein Cheng (Vancouver).

Jung, Melbourne

Joss Sticks (Game)

  • CA NAN NAN_1984.034.001
  • Item

Local provenance.

Hurford, James

Herb Box (Container)

  • CA NAN NAN_1969.203.001 (a-b)
  • Item
  • 1969-09-17


Spowart, William

Chinese Medicine Box

  • CA NAN NAN_1985.028.001
  • Item
  • 1985-02-25

Uncertain provenance.

Wong, Chuck

Cards (Game)

  • CA NAN NAN_1985.039.001
  • Item
  • 1985-03-14

Uncertain provenance.


Beaded Purse (Personal Gear)

  • CA NAN NAN_1999.506.001 (a-c)
  • Item
  • 1999-03-8

Local - given as a gift to donors Grandmother Martha Dawson (nee Southern) circa 1920's by Emerald Bing Kee Mah R.N. on the occasion of her wedding

Johnson, Sue

Advertising Mirror (Furniture)

  • CA NAN NAN_1991.104.001
  • Item
  • unknown

Believed to have been used in British Columbia, but not Nanaimo.

Lee, Ed

Herbalist Chest (Merchandising T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_1993.040.001
  • Item
  • 1993-11-01

The chest was made in China c. 1910 and brought to Nanaimo prior to World War I by Wong Kee (a.k.a. Wong Wah Soon) for use in his herbalist shop, Dai Song Tong or Keep You Alive Drugstore located at 10 Pine Street in Nanaimo's Chinatown. Wong Kee was a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. He operated Dai Song Tong until the early 1920s. There are eighty small drawers, ten larger drawers and a door compartment in the bottom in the chest. Each drawer has a brass handle and Chinese characters painted in gold in each of the four corners. Individual ingredients for making traditional Chinese treatments were stored in each drawer. The chest was brought to the home of one of his daughters prior to the Chinatown fire in September 1960.

Headband (Clothing-Headwear)

  • CA NAN NAN_1985.037.001
  • Item
  • 1985-02-27

Made for donor's mother, Mah Sze Hun, by her sisters before she emigrated from China to Nanaimo, BC to marry Wong Kee in 1918.

Wong, Chuck

Chinese Sculpture (Art)

  • CA NAN NAN_1994.013.005
  • Item
  • 1994-09-28

The sculpture was given to Mrs. Murdoch early in her marriage of 1939 by her mother-in-law. The figurine was purchased in Nanaimo's Chinatown.

Murdoch, J., Mrs.

Kim Jung

  • CA NAN NAN_R5-34
  • Item

Resident of Nanaimo at work.

Kim Jung

  • CA NAN NAN_R5-36
  • Item

Resident of Nanaimo at work.

Mrs. Lee Jung

  • CA NAN NAN_R5-27
  • Item

Resident of Nanaimo Chinatown.

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