WING HING LONG MUSEUM

Home Page

Wing Hing Long Story Part 1

Wing Hing Long Story Part 2

The following photographs are small representations of the bigger picture. You may view the full size version by clicking on the small picture.

All photographs in this gallery were taken by R. J. Burling

View of Wing Hing Long
These views (and the views on the other page) give a cross sectional view of this great history of Tingha Museum.

The history is continued from the previous page

A BRIEF HISTORY
(Part 2)

Jack Joe Lowe advertised his services both as a herbalist and as a general store. His wife, Fong Quan Lowe, ran a caf adjacent to Wing Hing Long. His five children - Edgar (Ned) (b. 1914 in Gunnedah), Marjorie (b. 1915, Tingha), Mavis (b. 1917, Tingha), Ronald (b. 1918, Tingha) and Verdon (b. 1920, Tingha) - grew up working in Wing Hing Long and in other commercial ventures, which J. J. Lowe acquired in Tingha. These included another smaller general store referred to as 'the top shop' and the Palace Picture Theatre. The family lived on the premises of Wing Hing Long. They used the residence at the back of the store, and rooms near the store office at the rear of the hardware section.

In 1939 Jack Joe Lowe moved to Tamworth where he and his youngest son, Verdon, established a business of the same name. The store in Tingha remained in family ownership. After the Second World War, Jack Joe Lowe's daughter, Mavis Pratt, took over management and ultimately ownership of the store, and continued in that position until her retirement in early 1998.

During the first four decades of the twentieth century the store is remembered as a busy and thriving enterprise which sold a wide range of goods: bulk produce, clothing, hardware, groceries (including Chinese ingredients and food stuffs), explosives for tin mining, furniture, linoleum, wallpaper.

View of Wing Hing Long
View of Wing Hing Long
View of Wing Hing Long
View of Wing Hing Long
View of Wing Hing Long
View of Wing Hing Long
View of Wing Hing Long
View of Wing Hing Long
View of Wing Hing Long

RETURN TO THE TINGHA HOME PAGE