Otto Kong Sing – First Chinese Australian Lawyer

A Presentation by Malcolm Oakes

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 practising in Sydney for several years, Otto Kong Sing relocated to Hong Kong.

Malcolm Oakes is 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.

Chin Ah Song, the great-grandfather of Malcolm’s wife, Beverley, came to Australia in 1860 and was a Chinese goldminer at Lambing Flat (Young)

History Week – Otto Kong Sing

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.

Wednesday 5th September
Clayton Utz – Level 15
1 Bligh Street

Daphne Lowe-Kelly