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David Eng is a third generation Chinese in New Zealand. His grandfather arrived from Taishan county, Guangdong province, China, in Otago in the early 1900s, and was involved in the gold mining industry. David’s father came to New Zealand in the late 1920s and also spent time gold mining, and later working in the laundry business in Gore and Invercargill. His father relocated to Wellington and eventually owned a laundry business called Chan Foon Laundry in Majoribanks Street for 35 years. It was the last Chinese laundry businesses to close in New Zealand in 1981. Pātaka museum in Porirua has a historical piece of laundry equipment that is housed in their collection from David’s patrents Chin Wah Foon and Ng Kew. Now David is retired.[1]

David was interviewed by Wellington's access Radio in 2018.



  1. Susan Zou. (2018). Stories of Chinese New Zealanders. Wellington Access Radio. Retrieved from http://www.accessradio.org.nz/stories-of-chinese-new-zealanders.html

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