Snapshot from Our Collection
The Chinese Museum collects material that helps us to tell the history of Chinese and their descendants in Australia and the ongoing exchange of culture between Australians (of both Chinese and non-Chinese ancestry) and Chinese.
If you have an item that you would like the Museum to consider for its collection, please contact our curator Joyce Agee by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail (Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia).
We have a broad collection which reflects the social fabric and activities of the Chinese community in Australia from the 1850s to the present day.
This includes artefacts (such as costumes, tools, utensils, art and craft objects, furniture and household objects); documents (newspaper clippings, diaries, letters, books, journal); pictorials (photographs, drawings, paintings, sketches) and audio-visual material (such as oral history recordings, musical recordings, film and video).
At the end of 2005, much of the Museum’s photographic collection along with images from other public collections was made available online through the Chinese-Australian Historical Images in Australia (CHIA) website – http://www.chia.chinesemuseum.com.au.
In 2012, a selection of Young Chinese League items from the Museum’s collection were entered into the Victorian Collections website – http://www.victoriancollections.net.au/organisations/chinese-museum.
Items from the Museum’s collection can also be found on the Culture Victoria website: Chinese-Australian families: Dreams of Jade and Gold http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/chinese-australian-families/ and Language, A Key to Survival: Cantonese-English Phrasebooks in Australia http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/language-a-key-to-survival/.