Invitation- Celebratory Launch of Chinese Australians 200 years

This is a very important year-long celebration that you can be part of!


2017 and 2018 is a very important time to recognise and uplift the Chinese Community through a year-long celebration created by the Chinese Museum acknowledging two major milestones in our history:

In 1818, Mak Sai Ying arrived in Sydney, as the first known Chinese-born settler.
In our 200th year anniversary, the Chinese Australian population has reached over one million.

We sincerely invite you to join us at the Park Hyatt Melbourne on Tuesday October 17 2017 for a special celebratory funtion – CHINESE AUSTRALIANS 200 YEARS CELEBRATORY LAUNCH.


The Celebratory Launch will be a significant event attended by Chinese, Australian and Victorian government representatives, representatives of high standing in the Chinese community, high achievers in our community as guests, high net worth Chinese business people, and Chinese and Australian corporations that support Chinese Australian commerce, amounting to 250 - 300 guests.

Tickets to the Event can be purchased at $188.00 each. If you are interested in attending, please download this booking form and post to  Pody Tung, Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne Vic. 3000 or by email to by 10 October 2017. You can also ring through payment. 

All funds raised at the dinner will be used to develop our new exhibition entitled ONE MILLION STORIES-CHINESE AUSTRALIANS 200 YEARS.


One Million Stories is an exhibition t hat will encapsulates 200 years of Chinese in Australia. It will show the trials and tribulations of early Chinese settlers, how they helped form the foundation of contemporary Australian Society, and their contributions in all fields of multicultural life in Australia today.

The fourth floor of the Chinese Museum in Melbourne will be transformed to hold this significant national exhibition. Capturing stories from each state of Australia, the exhibition plans to be shown through a schools’ program throughout Australia as part of the Museum’s extensive education program, reaching tens of thousands of school children per year.

The Exhibition’s vision is to proudly represent this very diverse Community across Australia, and show how the Community has been a long-term contributor that has led to Australia being a successful culturally diverse nation in the modern world.



New Collection Item On Display

What is this new collection item on display next to our front desk?

Donated by Charles Zhang, this shirt was worn during and signed to commemorate the 160th Anniversary Walk from Robe to Melbourne


In the 1850s-60s, Chinese arrivals had to pay a £10 per head poll tax to land in Victoria. To avoid this, many instead landed in Robe, SA, and walked 500 km to the Victorian Goldfields. The journey was dangerous and not always successful.

There have been several recreations of this journey, including walks from Robe to Ballarat in 2013 and 2016.  In May 2017, the Chinese Community Council of Australia organised a 20-day reenactment of the walk from Robe to Victorian Parliament House. Premier Daniel Andrews and hundreds of citizens greeted them with a formal apology for the Government’s discriminatory policy, following similar apologies in New Zealand(12 February 2002) and Canada (22 June 2006), and the USA (18 June 2012).

The donor, also a cultural advisor to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and current Vice President of the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat, has participated in several recreations of the walk.

Donors to Mabel Wang Memorial Fund 

The museum would like to thank you for your strong support of the Mabel Wang Memorial Fund. Your generous donation will go a long way to helping us to establish a Chinese Museum Education Program teaching children about Chinese Dragons.

Your support is vital to securing the museum’s role to preserve and promote Chinese culture and history.


Anita HoBill AuAndrew Wang
Carole WilkinsonEstella LeungHelene Chung
Helen LauH MartinJulia X.J Renouf
Janet WuJohn Chen Les Youie
Luisa THEL W Enterprises P/L M Chu
Mak Si Chiu WilliamProgram IT Stephen Chen
Sunny Duong Sally Tuckfield Trudy Wyse
 Tilly Hudono Ute Martin Winston Wang
YuLan Huang Yin Tang



Mabel Wang Memorial Fund




Mabel Wang (nee Chen), 22 July 1924 – 12 May 2017, passed away peacefully at Cabrini Hospital Malvern, Victoria.

The Chen family has been an active family in Melbourne’s Chinatown since the 1930s in commerce, community and local politics. With her husband, Councillor David Wang, Mabel was a great contributor to the City of Melbourne in the late 1900s.

Mabel was one of the founders of the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and was instrumental in raising funds for the commissioning and purchase of Melbourne Dai Loong (Big Dragon) in 1978, which was the first processional dragon made in China for 30 years. Along with other dragons, Melbourne Dai Loong appears in the Dragon Gallery at the Museum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mabel Wang Memorial Fund that will establish a Chinese Museum Education Program teaching children about Chinese Dragons.

Please complete this donation form.



Sponsor Story: Central Equity

The Chinese Museum would like to extend our sincere thanks to Central Equity, our longest serving corporate sponsor, for their generous support through the years. As a multi award winning industry leader in residential properties in Melbourne, this caring Company has actively sponsored a broad range of community organisations and groups over the years, including the Chinese Museum.

Central Equity

From the left:Victor Li, Karl Kutner, Eddie Kutner (Central Equity CEO), Jeremy Vile, Peter Selinger (Chinese Museum Director), Ian Carkeek

Central Equity were also kind enough to generously participate in our latest activity by enthusiastically purchasing 4 limited edition Dai Loong dragon scales this year. These original dragon scales are from the 100 metre long Dai Loong or Big Dragon which was the centrepiece of the annual Chinese New Year parade from 1979 – 2000.

Owning one of the 500 framed dragon scales represents a rare opportunity to become an honourable witness of the living history of Chinese Australian.

Dragon Scale Order Form

We sincerely appreciate the decision by Central Equity to extend their support to the Chinese Museum for a further three years, which helps  the Museum to  continue to fulfill  its mission and serve the Chinese community.