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Otto Kong Sing (1871-1917) was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales on 9 March 1895. To date, no earlier person of Chinese descent has been identified as having been admitted as a solicitor or barrister in NSW or any other Australian colony. After practicing in Sydney for several years, Otto Kong Sing relocated to Hong Kong.

The Chinese Australian Historical Society Inc. will host Malcolm Oakes, a senior counsel practising at the NSW Bar who has a lay interest in Chinese-Australian history. He has previously published a paper on William Lee, the first barrister of Chinese descent admitted to the NSW Bar in 1938.

Don’t miss this exciting presentation by CAHS member Malcolm Oakes as he reveals his new research into the largely forgotten Otto Kong Sing – Australia’s first lawyer from the Chinese Australian community.

When:    Wednesday 5 September, 6.00pm-7.30pm
Where:   Clayton Utz, Lvl 15, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney
Bookings: or  0417 655 233
Hosted by: Chinese Australian Historical Society Inc.