HACK, Peter J.
The Art Deco department stores of Shanghai : the Chinese-Australian connection
Sydney : Impact Press, 2016. Octavo, pictorial laminated card covers, 65 pp, illustrated with colour and b/w plates.
This recent publication tells the story of the four great department stores established in the first few decades of the twentieth century on Nanjing Road in Shanghai. In particular, it explores their connection to Chinese Australian merchants and the founding partners of Wing Sang in Sydney’s Haymarket. The illustrations include some of the rare Chinese porcelain objects brought back to Sydney by Chinese merchants in 1936, now in the National Gallery of Australia and the author’s private collection.
Peter Hack is a writer and historian currently working towards a PhD at the University of Wollongong in the history of the overseas Chinese in Australia. He had a 34 year career in the NSW Department of Education before leaving the Public Service in 2016. Peter is a Life Member of the Chinese Australian Historical Society and the Chinese Museum in Melbourne. He is also a Fellow of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation and a Patron of the National Library of Australia.