1997, English, Sound, Interview, lecture, talk edition: Marjorie Ho interviewed by Diana Giese for the Post-war Chinese Australians oral history project [sound recording]. Ho, Marjorie, 1932- (Interviewee)

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Physical Description
  • 2 digital audio tapes (ca. 88 min.)
Published
  • 1997.
Language
  • English

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Title
  • Marjorie Ho interviewed by Diana Giese for the Post-war Chinese Australians oral history project.
Creator
  • Ho, Marjorie, 1932- (Interviewee)
Other Creators
  • Giese, Diana, 1947- (Interviewer)
  • East &‚Äč West Art (Gallery)
Published
  • 1997.
Medium
  • [sound recording]
Physical Description
  • 2 digital audio tapes (ca. 88 min.)
Series
Part Of
  • Post-war Chinese Australians oral history project
Subjects
Playing Time
  • 01hrs 28min 12sec
Summary
  • Marjorie Ho, Director of the East and West Art Gallery, pioneer in both traditional and contemporary Asian art, and Chinese immigrant, speaks of her early life in a prominent Chinese family in Singapore, the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942 while her father was in the Army, how the family escaped Singapore fleeing to Bombay in India with other Chinese and British refugees, how they settled in the Himalayas where her mother worked as a hospital matron, how her whole life was changed when the children were sent to the American missionary boarding school in Bangalore, how they returned to Singapore in 1946 with the end of WWII to find her father had been imprisoned by the Japanese and many family relations had disappeared, how she decided to study architecture in order to help rebuild Singapore but had to study in Melbourne, her trip to England to complete her studies where she met her Dutch husband, how they relocated to Australia despite problems with the White Australia policy settling in Armadale, Vic. under difficult circumstances.
  • With her knowledge of antiques collected in the family home she set up in 1973 her Gallery with Victorian antiques and furniture on one side and Eastern textiles ceramics and furniture on the other side, how Australian art influenced Asian art students and cultural interactions producing Indian Zen artists and Chinese Cubists, her work with international art fairs, Australian-Asian art and evolving of the intermix of styles, the style of Petere Dittmar, the tough economics of running a gallery and problems of dealing with fragile antiques. Ho also discusses her work as a valuer for Australian national and regional galleries and the vibrancy of the current international art scene.
Notes
  • Recorded on May 9, 1997 in Melbourne.
  • Digital master available ; National Library of Australia ; nla.obj-212650069.
Numbering Note
  • Transcript available (typescript, 33 leaves)
Access Conditions
  • Access open for research, personal copies and public use.
Language
  • English
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