Chinese Anzacs: Chinese Australians and World War One

14 July 2014 – 31 July 2015

When World War One was declared in 1914, Australia rallied behind the Allied efforts. More than 330,000 mobilised personnel were called to action, of which, a small proportion were Australians of Chinese descent. Billy Sing, Caleb Shang and Hunter Poon are some of the well-known Chinese Australians who served in the frontline. Other stories remain untold.

As the centenary of World War One dawns on Australia, its history and stories are fast slipping from public memory. In the lead up to the centenary of World War One, the Chinese Museum has been researching these untold stories of Chinese-Australian war contributions both at home and abroad. Some of this research will be presented in an exciting new exhibition which seeks to reignite public and community interest in World War One and to present an alternative, community-centred commemoration of World War One which cannot be achieved through history books.

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, C00429

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, C00429

Chinese Anzacs exhibition is proudly sponsored by:
Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Victorian Multicultural Commission
History Teachers Association of Victoria