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Youie, Peter Poon (1881 - 1949)

9 July 1881
Kaiping (Hoi Ping), Guangdong Province, China
23 March 1949
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
herbalist, merchant and storekeeper
Alternative Names
  • Poon, Yueh (Cantonese)
  • Youie, Peter Poon (also used)

According to his family, Peter Poon Youie arrived in Australia just before the introduction of the 'White Australia Policy'. Some time around 1913 he returned to China and qualified as a Chinese herbalist in Hoi Ping, in southern China.

He was living in Hamilton when he married in 1922. He ran a mixed business in Gray Street, Hamilton, until 1932 when he sold up and moved to Melbourne. In 1935 he established a practice as a herbalist in Melbourne. Two years later, in 1937, the family moved to Ballarat so that Les' father could take over the practice of well-known herbalist, Mr Chung Leong. Peter Poon Youie ran the practice until he passed away in 1949.

The family believes that Peter Poon Youie adopted the name 'Peter' when he became a christian and that his Chinese family name was 'Poon' and his given name 'Yueh' (romanised to 'Youie' by immigration authorities on his arrival to Australia).


Sources used to compile this entry: Information courtesy of Peter Poon Youie's son, Les Youie.