Asian Studies Program

Chinese Australia

Additional Reading

This reading list is not exhaustive. Further reading and primary source material can be found in the Chinese Australian History Resources database.

Yong, C.F., The New Gold Mountain: The Chinese in Australia 1901-1921, Raphael Press, South Australia, 1977.
Victoria and NSW, 1901-1921. Some reference to other states.

Cronin, Katherine, Colonial Casualties: Chinese in Early Victoria, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1982.
Victoria, 1850-1900s. Particular focus on race relations.

Ryan, Jan, Ancestors: Chinese in Colonial Australia, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, 1995.
Western Australia up to 1900s.

Fitzgerald, Shirley, Red Tape Gold Scissors, State Library of New South Wales Press, NSW, 1997.
Sydney and broader NSW convicts to present day. Available in English and Mandarin.

Giese, Diana, Astronauts, Lost Souls and Dragons: Voices of Today's Chinese Australians in Conversation with Diana Giese, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Qld, 1997.
Giese, Diana, Courage and Service: Chinese Australians and World War II, Courage and Service Project, Marrickville, NSW, 1999.
Darwin and broader Northern Territory, 1930s with reference to earlier periods.

Jones, Tim, Chinese in the Northern Territory, NTU Press, Darwin [1988] 1997.

May, Cathie R., Topsawyers: The Chinese in Cairns, 1870-1920, James Cook University, History Department, Queensland, 1984.
Cairns and broader Queensland, 1870-1920.

Assorted authors, Histories of the Chinese in Australasia and the South Pacific, Paul Macgregor (ed), Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne, 1995.
Assorted authors, Chinese in Australia and New Zealand: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Ryan, Jan (ed), Wiley Eastern Ltd, New Delhi, London, 1995.
Range of papers related to the Chinese across Australia including: Tasmania, South Australia, New England.

McLaren, Ian, The Chinese in Victoria: Official Reports and Documents, Red Rooster Press, Victoria, 1985.
Copies of official reports and documents and a large bibliography.