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Jean Lumb family portrait

Picture, 1939, English

Jean Lumb family portrait

Picture, 1939, English


Jean Bessie Lumb (林黃彩珍, Toy Gin Wong), one of twelve children, was born in Nanaimo, B.C. in 1919 to Fun Gee Wong and Hone Hung Mah. Fun Gee Wong emigrated to Canada to work as a farm labourer. Jean left school at the age of 12 to work and support her family. She moved to Toronto in 1935 and later opened her own grocery store at age of 17. Jean's family joined her in Toronto in 1938. This family portrait was taken a year after; Jean stands the second from left; his brother Robert Wong, the first from right in the back row, established Central Airways on Toronto Island in 1946, the then biggest flying school in Canada. Jean Lumb was the co-owner (with husband Doyle Lumb) and Director of the Kwong Chow Restaurant in Toronto for 23 years. Jean Lumb was the first Chinese Canadian woman and the first restaurateur to receive the Order of Canada for her community work.

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Public Domain


photograph, black and white


25 cm x 20 cm


Gift from Arlene Chan in 2017.


Toronto Reference Library


Chinese Canadian Archive

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