Chungking Legation: Untold Stories of WWII

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, P01784.002

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, P01784.002

12 August 2016 – 10 November 2016 

This exhibition tells the story of the work and people of Australia’s diplomatic mission to wartime China’s capital of Chungking (now Chongqing) between 1941 and 1946.

Highlights include the little known stories such as those of Charles Lee, Australia’s first Chinese-Australian diplomat and ‘Operation Pig Bristle’. The exhibition brings together new research and materials never before seen in both Australia and China.

Developed in partnership with the Australian Consulate-General Chengdu, the exhibition was opened by Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove at the old Legation building during a state visit to Chongqing on 29 March 2015. It has since toured southwest China and was recently on display at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra to popular acclaim.

Supporting the exhibition is a beautiful hardcover book based on the exhibition. Copies are on sale from the Museum for $45 (inc GST).

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