The late Councillor David WANG
Born in China, Mr Wang first came to Australia in 1942 as the Chinese Government’s Military Liaison Officer to General MacArthur’s headquarters in Brisbane and the Australian Army at Victoria Barracks for two years. He then served in India and Burma before returning to Chungking.
Mr Wang returned to Melbourne in 1948 as a business migrant, even though he was married to Mabel, an Australian-born Chinese. He opened his first shop in Little Bourke Street in 1950 and the David Wang business continues today even though Cr Wang passed away in 1978.
In 1965, he was appointed one of the first two China-born JPs in Australia. In 1969, Mr Wang was elected to the Melbourne City Council, becoming the first Chinese to win a seat in local government. He initiated as Councillor the extension of shopping hours; establishment of mini parks and rest areas in the city; and worked on the approval of Chinatown Project Stage I. He served on many other community bodies and was Foundation Chairman of the Dai Loong Association.