’WHAT’S IN A SURNAME?’
Fourth generation Chinese-australian, Ken Leanfore, has so many stories to share about his unusual surname, he organised a photographic portrait series that was part of the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year’s Festival program 2017.
It explores multi-generational Chinese-australian descendants living with unusual or anglicised surnames. Ken is a descendant of migrant Chan Luen Foh, who had his Cantonese name phonetically translated into an anglicised name, Charlie Lean-fore, by NSW officials in the 1890s.
Ken’s beautiful work can be seen here: www.kenleanfore.com and Instagram @kenleanfore
More interesting descriptions of the people and their names can be found on www.livingnow.com.au
Harvey Young – sheep farmer Harvey Young’s grandfather came to Australia in the 1870s with no knowledge of English, whose surname ‘ Kwin’ was anglicised to become ‘Young’.
Dennis O’hoy AM – a member of the Bendigo Trust, and a driving force behind the city’s trams network, Dennis’s grandfather, Louis O’hoy, came to Bendigo in 1860 and was one of the originators of the Chinese association and Chinese procession.
Greg Homeming – former lawyer, Greg Homeming, is a popular priest in the St Ives community, who was recently appointed by Pope Francis to be the sixth Roman Catholic Bishop of Lismore.
Cheryl Cumines – initially trained as an English teacher for secondary schools, Cheryl later switched to teaching English as a second language (ESL). Cheryl and her two sisters Margaret and Ellie are just three of the 55 great-grandchildren of Lo King Nam.
Gerald Leanfore – Trained as an aeronautical engineer, Gerald originally worked for Australian airline Qantas before switching sectors and working for the Commonwealth Bank for over 30 years.