Mary Rose Wong like the rest of her family grew up in the restaurant business on Main Street, Antigonish. Mary Rose’s mother, Molly Lee Wong, was an accomplished cook and baker, but her talent as a photographer is another groundbreaking story. Mary Rose recalls her mother’s very own dark room where she would watch her mother at work. Molly Wong took many of the photos of the extended Wong family that are featured in this online collection. George Waldren of Waldren Photography Studio encouraged her in her craft. This portrait of George and Molly Wong was taken in the Waldren Studios.
Over the years, Mary Rose has talked to the Mi’kmaq staff who worked in the kitchen and waited on tables. They have told her that they have photos that Molly took of them from that time — in the 1940’s AND 1950’s. The names Mary Rose remembers are Martha Johnston and Annabelle and a child named Eunice.
Molly Wong was not recognized for her photography in her lifetime, or even today. Saltscapes Magazine featured the history of Chinese enterprise in Nova Scotia, including this photo of the children from two Wong families in Antigonish, very likely taken by Molly Wong. With the help of all of you in tracking down her photos, what would you think of developing a Molly Wong Retrospective in Antigonish now?
You can help us make this happen by bringing Molly Wong photographs to our attention.