Introducing Committee Member Malcolm Oakes SC:

Malcolm is a senior counsel practising at the New South Wales Bar who has a lay interest in Chinese-Australian history. He has published a paper on William Lee, who in 1938 was the first barrister of Chinese descent admitted to the New South Wales Bar (available online), presented a paper at Dragontails 2017 Conference on Otto Kong Sing, who was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1895 and is the earliest identified person of Chinese descent admitted as a lawyer in any of the former Australian colonies, and presented a paper at the CHINA Inc 2018 Conference on Lai Kam Tai, his wife’s Great Uncle and a businessman in Cooktown in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.