- missionary - Wesleyan
In 1903 David Soong was a member of the Chinese Christian Union of Victoria. He was also a Chinese Methodist Church clergyman.
He lived in Middle Park with wife. In 1902 he was made Vice-President of the Chinese Christian Mission Union as a representative of the Presbyterian Church. He was a close colleague of Rev. James Moy Ling.
In 1911 he hanged himself in the Wesleyan/methodist Church at 194 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. He had previously received a summons to court for making a false statement in 1907 to secure the landing of an illegal migrant. His wife said he had been 'troubled by something and was very depressed'.
Prepared by: Sophie Couchman, La Trobe University
- Yong, C.F., New Gold Mountain: The Chinese in Australia 1901-1920, Raphael Arts, South Australia, 1977. Details
- Couchman, Sophie, 'Tong Yun Gai (Street of the Chinese): Investigating patterns of work and social life in Melbourne's Chinatown 1900-1920', MA thesis, School of Historical Studies, Monash University, 2001. Details
- Christian Chinese Union of Victoria
- Australia - Victoria - Melbourne
Created: 19 May 2003, Last modified: 22 July 2005