Asian Studies Program

Chinese Australia

The Tung Wah Times:
A window into Chinese community history


From this page it is possible to browse or search an index of the Tung Wah newspapers (1898-1936). The Tung Wah newspaper index was compiled by Dr Liu Luxin.

The Tung Wah News (1898-1902) and theTung Wah Times (1902-1936) are among the most important publications in the history of Australia's Chinese communities. For many years, the newspapers were an important community centre for the Chinese in Australia. They served as the head office of the Australian Chinese Empire Reform Association and other community organisations, including the NSW Chinese Merchants' Society. They also provided a venue for many community functions - including protest rallies, and celebrations of the birthdays of Confucius and the Chinese Emperor - and served as a bridge linking communities with their motherland. The high-quality editorial and comments on many social and political affairs reflected the views of Chinese communities in Australia. The Tung Wah newpapers also provide rich resources for the study of Chinese communities in Australia, for researching events in China, and for tracing the history of other Chinese communities around the world.

The names of people, organisations and places in the index have been translated into mandarin pinyin. Copies of the Tung Wah Times and Tung Wah News can be found at the National Library of Australia and in the Mitchell Library in the State Library of New South Wales.

Further information:
Chinese Newspapers in Australia from the Turn of the Century by Liu Weiping (translated by Sang Yichuan and John Fitzgerald).

What's in the Tung Wah newspaper? - 'Wading 10,000 li to seek their fortune: Tung Wah News selections 1898-1901' by Michael Williams

Chinese overseas newspapers on the web:
Lat Pau (Singapore)

United Australia (Shanghai)


The Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation Project welcomes contributions to the website as well as corrections and amendments. Feel free to email the website manager Sophie Couchman directly.

Supported by The National Council for the Centenary of Federation
La Trobe University
, Museum of Chinese Australian History, East China Normal University

© La Trobe University & Museum of Chinese Australian History - last revisions: 30/7/03