Flora Masterworks by Chinese Master Painter Wenli Huang

8 – 13 August 2015

This exhibition presents paintings by notable Chinese painter and calligrapher, Huang Wenli. Ms Huang was born in Shenyang and graduated from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, in Liaoning Province. She is a professor at Beijing National University as well as a Master Instructor at Liaoning Province’s Artists Association.

Huang Wenli’s works, especially bird and flower paintings, have won many national and international awards and through her work, she has engaged in cultural exchanges with numerous countries, including Japan, Russia, Korea, Taiwan and the United States of America.

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Beth Holland

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Beth is studying for her Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation at Melbourne University. In the last few months she has been a part of the Young Chinese League dragon conservation team. They have recently completed the dry cleaning stage and hope to reattach some of the dragon’s decorations in the near future. Beth has also rehoused documents, made Chinese lanterns and completed minor treatments on various objects. Through volunteer work, Beth has furthered her practical skills and knowledge of her city’s history. She plans to continue volunteering at the museum upon completion of her thesis.

Result slip issued by Melbourne See Yup Chinese School (6 July 1991)

The late Evelyn Lau (also known as Evelyn Law and Evelyn Imfeld) is well remembered for introducing Cantonese and other Chinese cuisines to Australian television audiences on the channel ATV-0 in the 1970s. She moved to Australia from Hong Kong in 1946 at the age of 18 and retained a lifelong interest in Chinese culture, food and language.

A recent donation of Evelyn’s possessions, which include language study materials, shows us that throughout the 1980s to early 2000s Evelyn attended a variety of Mandarin and Cantonese classes. Result slips such as this one are not only evidence of her ongoing interest and efforts to learn spoken and written Chinese, but also provide us with a record and understanding of the various organisations in Melbourne that provided Chinese language lessons, as well as their teaching methods and activities.  From this document, we can also tell that sixty-three year old Evelyn was a diligent student with stellar grades, and of excellent discipline, moral character and manners!

If you have an item with a Chinese-Australian connection that you would like to donate, write to us at curator@chinesemuseum.com.au .

Donated by Christian Imfeld and Geoff Goullet, in memory of Evelyn Imfeld (nee Law) (2015.06)

Donated by Christian Imfeld and Geoff Goullet, in memory of Evelyn Imfeld (nee Law) (2015.06)

Support our Collectors’ 30th Anniversary Publication

Submit form by Sunday 30 September 2015

Our Museum is turning 30 this year! To celebrate the Museum’s cultural and community milestones during our 30-year history, we will be producing a Collectors’ 30th Anniversary Publication.

The content will include insights into Chinese Australian History since the 1850s, but also significant references to the Chinese Community in today’s Australian society. This prestigious 120 page A4 magazine will be launched at the Museum’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. It will be distributed within Australia and internationally including China and South East Asia.

Support us by becoming a Friend of the Museum with opportunities to list personal or organisational details or engage in advertising within the publication. Please download and fill in the form then return it to marketing@chinesemuseum.com.au

Denning Rajit

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If you hear a booming voice in the Museum, do not be alarmed. It is only Denning Rajit, Tour Guide and Travelling Museum Instructor for the Museum.

Denning graduated with a Master of Teaching in 2010 and has been involved in the education sector in various roles ever since. Originally from Malaysia, what led Denning to the Museum was his desire to understand his own “hidden” heritage.

Denning is half-Indigenous Malay (Dayak) through his father, and half-Chinese through his mother. Growing up, he had little exposure to his Chinese heritage. Curiosity led him to learn the Fut San佛山and Hok San鶴山styles of lion dancing, and eventually into the Museum as a Tour Guide.

On your next visit to the Museum, do not be surprised if you come across Denning entertaining his tour groups with his multifaceted talents.