Kira Brown

Introducing Our Chinese Past member – Kira Brown

I inherited a substantial collection of family memorabilia, which sparked an interest in researching my Chinese heritage. I’m a 5th generation descendant of Chinese migrants to Australia dating back to the gold mining era of the 1850s. I have identified four Chinese-born ancestors in Australia whose lives and families became linked after they arrived in the New England region. They lived in Uralla, Tingha, Inverell, Glen Innes, and Emmaville, they married European or mixed-race women and started families – and I am a direct descendent. Chen Quin Jack is my Great-Great-Grandfather. He built the main Chinese Temple on Bundara Road and also the Wing Hing Long store in Tingha, which today also houses the local museum. I’m honoured to be part of and to contribute to the Our Chinese Past group which endeavours to further enhance our knowledge of this exciting and enriching aspect of our Australian heritage. Wing Hing Long store, Tingha built by Chen Quin Jack Portrait of...
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