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Chequers Night Club, 1950s

Most of the action in the Strand during the fifties seemed to take place in the basement. The scene was Chequers Night Club, owned by the infamous Wong family who lent a touch of the Orient to the arcade and came complete with a fierce six foot tall Chinese manageress. Chequers was the fashionable place to eat, drink, be merry and enjoy the spectacle provided by Sydney's racing fraternity and a handful of flashy dancing girls. An interesting mixture after midnight.