Kwong Chee Wei Lin

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Kwong Chee Wei Lin ( later Irene Kwong Moss ), [portrait], Belmore, ca 1956.

Irene Kwong Moss OA 1948-. Kwong Chee Wei Lin was born in a tomato hothouse in Sydney’s Chinatown. When she was 5 she moved with her adult sisters to Belmore. Her parents stayed in Dixon Street where her father ran a tomato business. Irene was the first Chinese child to attend Belmore Public School. By the end of primary school Irene’s sense of social justice was well developed, and her ability to stand up for her rights. When dux of the school was awarded to another student whose marks were not as good as hers, Irene persisted in asking for a re-count by her teacher. Eventually she was awarded dux. Irene was Head Girl at Wiley Park Girls High School.

Irene studied arts law at Sydney University where she met her husband Alan Moss. On graduation she found it difficult to get work and believed this was due to her being Chinese, a woman and from a poor family. In 1978 Dr Moss began an illustrious career in areas of social justice. She joined the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, was Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner (1986-1994), NSW Ombudsman (1995-1999), and Commissioner of ICAC (1999-2004). In 1995 Irene Moss was awarded an Order of Australia for services to multiculturalism.