Kira Brown is a fifth-generation descendant of Chinese migrants to Australia from the early gold rushes of the 1850s to 1880s. In 2017, she presented her paper Trash or Treasure: Reconnecting our Past at the Dragontails Conference and also at the Orange Regional Museum. In 2019 Kira presented Potstickers and Panning to the Chinese Australian Historical Society in Sydney.
In both papers, Kira used her inherited collection of Chinese family memorabilia (objects, photographs, documents, and ephemera) to illustrate and highlight the known narrative of her four Chinese progenitors. Their lives and families interconnected and coalesced in the New England region (Rocky River, Uralla, Tingha, Inverell and Emmaville). All four married European or mixed-race women.
Of particular note is her well-known Great-great grandfather Chen Quin Jack. Quin Jack was a Ballarat mining pioneer, who besides being credited with building the Joss House, also constructed the Wing Hing Long general store (now the museum) in Tingha.
Kira Brown holds a degree in design and founded Sauce Design, a graphic, digital, and web design company based in Orange NSW over twenty years ago. Kira has extensive experience in digital and print media which includes the production of high-end publications, websites and exhibition graphics.
Kira regularly posts to her family history blog — chenquinjackhistory.com