CHINESE barman K. W. Tan (right), who used to shake cocktails on Burns, Philp steamers, now pulls beers at the Prince of Wales Hotel, George Street; City [Sydney].
Tan, a refugee from Malaya, was placed at the hotel to release another man for military service.
Tan still yearns for the old days, when as No. 1 barman on Island ships, his “Tan Special” cocktail used, to make the passengers blink and ask for more.
– The Daily Telegraph Sunday 12 July 1942.