Dead Man's Penny
William and Richard Wong, who were born in Tasmania to Bartholomew Wong Poo and Emma Jane Richards. The family moved to Beechworth, Victoria, where Bartholomew served as a missionary with the Methodist Church. The brothers worked as blacksmiths and attempted to enlist for service during World War One. William was rejected on the basis that he was “not substantially of European origin”. Richard was accepted in January 1916 and joined the 17th Battalion. He was sent for training in Cootamundra, New South Wales and later, Plymouth, Britain. After the successful completion of his training, Richard was sent to Fricourt, France as a machine gunner.
Richard Wong died from injuries received in an artillery barrage
in March 1917. He was buried in the nearest local cemetery
to where he fell. A grieving Emma Wong received his personal
belongings and spent the next eight years waiting for the
final location of her son’s resting place. In 1925, Richard was
reburied in the Warlencourt British War Cemetery.
Chinese Anzacs: Making Connections
Searching for Chinese Anzacs
Brothers - but not in arms
Benjamin 'Ben' Moy Ling
Dead Man's Penny
Missing in Action
Henry Langtip's Diary
Chinese Anzacs' Military Honours
The Langtip Brothers
Returning to Civilian Life: Thomas William “Bill” Ah Chow
Chinese-Australians who enlisted in World War I
Story education resources
Education Chinese Anzacs Education Kit
Created by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria and the Chinese Museum, this education resource links to relevant learning outcomes in the year 9 Australian History Curriculum. It contains a range of primary sources including images, objects and documents; interviews with historians, researchers and descendants of Chinese Anzacs; inquiry and research-based activities; and assignment tasks and an assessment rubric.