Soon Lee Laundry

The Soon Lee Laundry (the building on the right) on Monkstown Road at Rawlins Cross opened sometime before 1919. It remained in business until the 1960s. An earlier laundry had existed near this site (just a few doors south) but burned down in 1915. According to an Evening Telegram article, no one was hurt, but the building was destroyed. Fire was a hazard for all St. John's residents, and blazes at laundries sometimes led to serious injury or even death. A 1919 fire at a laundry on New Gower Street killed a Chinese man, Kong Wah and his Newfoundland-born wife. A fire at the Kam Lung Laundry on Cochrane Street in 1940 ended the lives of two men, King Sing and Hong Wah Chong.

Source: City of St. John's Archives

Soon Lee Laundry