The Chinese Australian History Resources database is a collation of
information gathered as part of the Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation
Project. It is aimed at anyone planning research into the heritage of
Chinese involvement in Australia and should provide rewarding information
for both the expert and amateur in the field. The Database includes
a broad range of types of material including: publications; government
records; guides to Chinese Australian records; databases; image and
oral history collections; Chinese Australian newspapers; personal, organisation
and business records; theses; and video material. Some items are listed
as individual items, others as groups of records or collections of material.
A weblink is provided for most old or unique records so that contact
details of the holding institution or further information can be obtained.
Its focus is on documentary material particularly rich in Australian
The majority of the material on the database was obtained from the
A survey of prominent researchers of Chinese Australian History
A survey of Victorian Historical Societies
A survey of honours theses in history departments of universities
Brief research visit to Darwin with information collected from the
Northern Territory Library, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern
Territory, Northern Territory Archives and Geneaological Society of
the Northern Territory.
Brief research visit to Perth with information collected from the
Chung Wah Association, Dr Anne Atkinson, Library and Information Service
of Western Australia (particularly the Battye Library).
Brief research visit to Canberra with information collected from
ANU - Menzies Library, ANU - Butlin Archives, Dr Charles Price, National
Library of Australia - Asian Collection.
Brief research visit to Sydney with information collected from Dr
Shirley Fitzgerald, City of Sydney.
Research into the holdings of the Mitchell Library in the State
Library of New South Wales through their card catalogue. Click here
for further information about this research.
The Project would also like to specifically acknowledge information
held in the following sources:
Additional material provided by Michael Williams collected
for his forthcoming PhD
Beaufort Historical Society Riponshire Advocate newspaper
Bibliography of Anne Atkinson, 'Chinese labour and capital
in Western Australia, 1847 to 1947', PhD, Murdoch University,
Bibliography of Anne Atkinson, 'The Socio-Economic Experience
of Chinese Sojourners in Perth, Western Australia, 1900-1920',
BA (hons), Department of Politics, Philosophy and Sociology,
Murdoch University, 1983
Bibliography of Katherine Cronin, Colonial Casualties:
Chinese in Early Victoria, Melbourne University Press,
Bibliography of Cathy May, Topsawyers: The Chinese
in Cairns, 1870-1920, James Cook University, History
Department, Queensland, 1984
Bibliography of Ian McLaren, The Chinese in Victoria:
Official Reports and Documents, Red Rooster Press, Victoria,
Bibliography of Michael Williams, 'Brief sojourn in your
native land: Sydney's huaqiao and their links with south
China during the first half of the twentieth century', MLit,
University of New England, 1998'
Bibliography of C.F. (Ching-Fatt) Yong, The New Gold
Mountain: The Chinese in Australia 1901-1921, Raphael
Arts, Richmond, SA, 1977;
Bell, Peter, Grimwade, Gordon & Ritchie, Neville,
Archaeology of the overseas Chinese in Australia,
New Zealand and Papua New Guinea: A select bibliography,
Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter,
vol.23, no.1, 1993.
Ephemera files of the Northern Territory Library
Newspaper clipping file at the Geneaological Society of
the Northern Territory
List of items related to the Chinese in Australia provided
by the Butlin Archives, Australian National University.
As this database does not generally include information about artefacts,
archaeological sites or material culture you may wish to visit the following
This database is currently maintained by Julie Marshall, honorary research fellow
with Asian Studies, La Trobe University. We are always interested in any additions
you may wish make to this database,
both small and large. If you have a major compilation of material you
would like to contribute your contribution to the database will be acknowledged.
Click here for contact
information. If you have an historic database or listing related to
Chinese Australian history and are interested in putting it on line
we may be able to help. Click here to get in contact
Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation Project - Chinese Australian History Resources database