An illuminated address presented to Chew Chong, 21 January 1911. The address is signed by 85 of his contemporaries to acknowledge Chong's work in establishing the dairy industry in Taranaki and the financial loss he incurred when the co-operative dairy system was introduced.
The address reads:
"New Plymouth, November 1910,
Mr Chew Chong,
We the undersigned Settlers in the Taranaki District wish to place on record our appreciation of the services which you have rendered to your adopted country. Your having on your arrival from China in the early sixties entered into the export trade in Fungus was the means of saving many a family from want and [?] in the early days of settlement in the district by causing a circulation in our midst of over half a million of Foreign money and this outcome of legitimate trade and not from loan. When latter you entered into the Butter business being almost a pioneer in Factory Manufacture you led the way into what has become the mainstay of the district and helped to develop an export which naturally assisting in the prosperity of the Dominion. That this industry passed from private into co-operative hands and thereby caused you considerable [?] loss on your account to be deplored but cannot be traced to a want of business acumen nor to a want of desire to assist your fellow settlers on your part. We wish that we may for many years constantly meet you in our midst and that you may enjoy the rest to which your years and exertions entitle you.
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