Violet Geechoun on the day of her marriage to Charles Quon
Photograph courtesy Daisy Quon
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She was seventeen and Australian-born of Chinese market gerdeners in Bendigo in central Victoria. He was 32, had migrated from China when he was a young boy and settled in Rutherglen in north-east Victoria, where there was a small community of Chinese market gardeners and grape-vine labourers. Theirs was an arranged wedding. Although he kept the traditional Chinese queue, or pigtail, he wore western dress all the time. Charles Quon's first business was a restaurant, as a partnership with one Charles Lim Kee. After that he set up a general store which he built in 1907 in Main Street, Rutherglen.