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Item is a copy of sections of a November 1889 fire insurance map that have been pieced together. Includes the area between Seymour and Dunlevy Streets, from the south shore of the Burrard Inlet to Keefer Street. Map shows Chinatown, part of False Creek, and buildings and their uses (commercial, residential, industrial). The name of the business, business owner, or type of business is noted for most commercial and industrial buildings.

Wong - Quong John - c.1915

Collector/curator’s description reads: “C. 1915, Vancouver. Quong John Wong in a suit. Quong was a Vancouver businessman who ran a grocery store and invested in restaurants. It is believed that, for some period, he was a partner/owner in the W.K. Gardens Chop Suey restaurant, a popular banquet-style restaurant that operated in Vancouver's Chinatown from about 1917-1985.”

Wong - Quong John and wife with children - 1919

Collector/curator's description reads: “1919, Vancouver. Quong John Wong with his wife Hum Shee Wong and their children. Left to right: Mrs. Wong holding son Ted; Leonard (#1 son); Quong John Wong; and daughter Kathleen. Quong was a Vancouver businessman who ran a grocery store and invested in restaurants. It is believed that, for some period, he was a partner/owner in the W.K. Gardens Chop Suey restaurant, a popular banquet-style restaurant that operated in Vancouver's Chinatown from about 1917-1985.”

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