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Gravestone of Thomas See, Armidale Cemetery (2016). Photo courtesy of Joanne Real

IDENTIFYING TEMPLE DONORS – “Cheung Ah Tze” 張阿四 Thomas See

By Juanita Kwok and Gill Oxley Amongst the temple artefacts Our Chinese Past (OCP) researched...
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Vale Malcolm Oakes 1949-2023

Kira Brown, Gill Oxley, Paul Macgregor, Ely Finch and I are devastated at the loss...
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Queensland Museum’s Chinese collections

One of the largest of the Queensland Museum’s Chinese collections is the Kwong Sang Collection.
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Silk cloth inscribed by Liang Qichao, probably when in Inverell, NSW, in 1901

Likely written for Inverell storekeeper Fong Mon How, this poem expresses support for the Chinese...
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Sam Bow’s store at Rocky River. Image courtesy of Janice Wilton, Heritage Futures Database project supported by the Heritage Futures Research Centre, University of New England, Armidale, 2009.

The four sons of Cheng Sam Bow and Mrs Minnie Bow of Rocky River

Sam Bow’s store at Rocky River. Image courtesy of Janice Wilton, Heritage Futures Database project...
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The Melbourne See Yup Temple stelae: a genealogical resource

These stelae are inscribed with thousands of Chinese characters, and list the names of the...
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Pig oven at Pine Creek NT

Pieces of Eight: Pig Ovens

The Our Chinese Past Temples Project is looking at artefacts from at least 8 Chinese...
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Main altar Chinese Temple Rocky River 1908, Golden Threads Scan

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year in 2021 begins on 12 February. Back in 1880, Chinese New Year's...
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Beverly Oakes - Australian born Chinese

Introducing Our Chinese Past member – Malcolm Oakes

My name is Malcolm Oakes and I am a member of Our Chinese Past. I’m...
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Our Names

Our English name “Our Chinese Past” was selected to reflect our view of Australia’s Chinese...
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Portrait of translator Ely Finch 2019

Introducing Our Chinese Past Translator – Ely Finch

My name is Ely Finch and I have the honour to be the translator for...
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Carved Gilded panel on display at McCrossin's Mill museum

Chinese shepherds in NSW

This is a section of a long carved and gilded panel on display at McCrossin’s...
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Emmaville Mining Museum

Emmaville was once known as “Vegetable Creek”

Emmaville was once known by the name “Vegetable Creek” because of the large number of...
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Elizabeth Kim

Introducing Our Chinese Past member – Gill Oxley

In 2015 I was searching for a member of my own family who had gone...
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Chen Quin Jack Chinese miner and wife Mary Anne Fuller c1890s

Introducing Our Chinese Past member – Kira Brown

I inherited a substantial collection of family memorabilia, which sparked an interest in researching my...
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Main altar Chinese Temple Rocky River 1908, Golden Threads Scan

Looking at the history of Temples in New England North West region

There were at least nine different temples in the New England North West region. Local histories...
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Paul Macgregor and Juanita Kwok at McCrossins Mill Museum in Uralla

From a road trip around North West NSW

Paul Macgregor and Juanita Kwok McCrossins Mill Museum in Uralla Our Chinese Past came about...
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