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Juanita Kwok

Happy Chinese New Year!

Best wishes from the Our Chinese Past team for an auspicious Chinese New Year 2024
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Chinese shepherds in NSW

This is a section of a long carved and gilded panel on display at McCrossin’s Mill Museum in Uralla. It was part of the decorations on the front of an altar in one of the Chinese temples in the New England North West.
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From a road trip around North West NSW

Paul Macgregor and Juanita Kwok McCrossins Mill Museum in Uralla Our Chinese Past came about as a result of a road trip around North West NSW that Paul Macgregor and I took on our way back from the AHA conference in Toowoomba in 2019. We first drove through the forgotten northern goldfields of Drake and Tooloom, then rendezvoused in Inverell with genealogist Gill Oxley, who has long been doing family history research in the Bingara/Tingha/Inverell area. Together we visited Emmaville Mining Museum, Inverell Pioneer Village, the Wing Hing Long Museum in Tingha and McCrossins Mill Museum in Uralla. Paul and I also visited Green Valley Museum in Tingha. All of these rural museums have in their collections artefacts from Chinese temples that existed on the northern goldfields and the NSW tinfields. As Kira Brown’s ancestors and Malcolm Oakes wife’s family were storekeepers in Tingha we invited Kira and Malcolm to join us in setting up Our Chinese Past to to...
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Our Chinese Past awarded $5000 Heritage Council of NSW grant

We are very excited to announce that Our Chinese Past has been awarded a $5000 Heritage Council of NSW grant to photograph, digitise, translate and research Chinese-language inscriptions on artefacts ...
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