Pathways to Democracy
L. Kong Meng, Cheok Hong Cheong, Louis Ah Mouy, The Chinese Question in Australia, FF Bailliere, 1879, page 1.Contributors
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In 1879 Lowe Kong Meng, Cheok Hong Cheong and Louis Ah Mouy published a booklet arguing against unjust and discriminatory laws.
The booklet argued that anti-Chinese immigration laws violated the British Government's Peking Treaty which provided British citizens rights to enter China without restriction, and made the case that Chinese migrants had made a valuable and positive contribution to Victoria.
Lowe Kong Meng was a Melbourne-based business man and Chinese community leader who was born in Penang to wealthy parents. He speculated in mining, owning a venture in Majorca, central Victoria, and was an importer of international goods and wares.
Cheok Hong Cheong was a Presbyterian Christian missionary and social reformer born in the See Yup district who worked in Ballarat in the 1850s before moving to Melbourne.
Louis Ah Mouy was a Melbourne-based merchant and Chinese community leader who made his fortune on the goldfields near Yea in the 1850s and speculated in mining and trade ventures.