Quong Tart was one of the most fascinating and colourful characters of colonial Sydney. A Mandarin of the Blue Button, honoured by the Dragon Throne with the Peacock feather, he was at the same time a fine cricketer, an all-round sportsman, a staunch Freemason, and a spirited singer of Highland ballads, which he rendered in a fine Aberdonian brogue. He was a tea merchant. Robert Travers has used a wealth of contemporary material, including cartoons, and some truly awful doggerel, to bring to life colonial Sydney and the genial Quong Tart. Quong Tart struggled for years to stop the trade in opium. He lived at time of xenophobia, yet he was a popular citizen of Sydney. Throughout his life he was celebrated by some truly dreadful verse. His marriage to Margaret Scarlett was happy despite his mother's and her father's opposition. He was a sportsman, a businessman and a charitable man. Robert Travers writes of the life of this unusual man.
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Robert Travers lives in Sydney. As a freelance writer he has contributed many feature articles to major Australian newspapers and to American and British magazines. Robert Travers' books deal with lesser known aspects of Australian colonial history. They include The Tasmanians, Murder in the Blue Mountains, The Amorous Dentist, Rogues' March and The Phantom Fenians of New South Wales.
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Book Description Kangaroo Press Pty Ltd., Kenthurst, 1981. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good Minus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus. First Edition. Biography of 'one of the most fascinating and colourful characters of colonial Sydney'. First Edn., 1981; red boards; 192pp.; illus. bw. repros./photos. Tail of spine lightly rubbed; front board slightly bumped at top corner, but boards robust and very clean/bright; page edges lightly foxed, but text frexh, pages very clean/crisp/bright; dj. faintly scuffed on rear, but crisp/complete and very clean/bright. No inscriptions. VG- in VG+ dj. PRICE INCLUDES UK POSTAGE & PACKING. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 20977
Book Description Kangaroo Press, Sydney, 1981. 1st ed.. Hardback octavo, dustjacket, very good condition (in very good dustjacket), black & white drawings, minor edgewear. 192 pp. First edition. The biography of the colourful Chinese-Australian tea merchant from Sydney in the 1890s, who had a passion for cricket and Scotland. His tea rooms and public service received strong support from the community (including from premier Sir Henry Parkes), despite the rampant anti-Chinese sentiment of the time. Bookseller Inventory # 11023
Book Description Kangaroo Press, NSW, 1981. Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 192pp. illus. Plastic wrapper. Size: 8vo - 22x14.5cm. Book. Bookseller Inventory # ASOC254