Transcribing Chinese travels into Victoria’s history

Transcribing Chinese travels into Victoria’s history’ Project

Sunday, 5 May 2019
10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Chinese Museum
22 Cohen Place,
Melbourne, Victoria

The Chinese Australian Historians of Victoria (CAFHOV) group are embarking on an ambitious project to digitise and transcribe the Victorian Registers of Certificates of Exemption from the Dictation Test. These records are highly valuable sources for family historians searching for their ancestors who returned from China from 1904 to 1959. Currently they are stored at the National Archives of Australia in North Melbourne. There is no index to them, so researchers need to spend hours looking at the physical books to find what they want.

The project aims to make publicly available a searchable database of records of family names and shipping records but we need help with the transcription.

The CAFHOV is seeking the assistance of the public to help us achieve this valuable task.

Included in the day’s activities will be a presentation in the morning by historian and curator Sophie Couchman about why these CEDT registers are important and how you might use them in your research and an afternoon presentation by CAFHOV members Ming and John Griffith about their research into Ming’s family that eventually led to Ming reuniting with her family in southern China.

Helpers can either attend this event or provide transcription help via our online system. To register, simply email info@cafhov.com.

 

What will I do on the day?

You will be assigned some documents to transcribe and transfer to an online database. On the day, you will be provided with all the training to help you with this task. We need people who can enter information into a computer and people who can read old-style handwriting.
  • If you have both skills, we need you
  • If you are comfortable with computers but have little experience reading old script, we need you.
  • If you can read old script but don’t like computers, we still need you.
We will be helping each other as much as possible.

 

Further information can be found online at www.cafhov.com
This event is free and kindly supported by the Chinese Museum.
Normal entrance fees to the Museum apply.

 

The Realms of Heaven and Earth 壁琮天地

Jade burial objects from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty.
From the Hank Ebes Collection. Sponsored by Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

Half Price Entry to the Chinese Museum Now On

We are excited to be installing our major new exhibition: One Million Stories! (open on 22 April 2019)

Due to the temporary closure of our Chinese-Australians exhibition, our admission is now half price (applied to all types of entry tickets).

This is a great opportunity to come along and see our other exhibitions:

  • Finding Gold
  • Han Danesty
  • Dragon Gallary
  • New Exhibition Jades: The Realms of Heaven and Earth

 

 

Shanghai Week – A celebration of culture, cuisine and history

15 February to 24 February 2019

Events Calendar

Friday 15 Feb– 7 Mar

10 am to 4 pm daily
Price: Admission to Museum

(Temporarily closed on Sat 22nd Feb, and reopened to the public from 1pm Sun 23nd Feb)

IMPRESSIONS OF SHANGHAI EXHIBITION

A historic photographic exhibition of Shanghai depicting Shanghai’s journey in becoming the most populous city in the world.

Saturday 16 Feb

Children under 5: Free

2.00pm

Price: Admission to Museum
+ $5 per person 

SHANGHAI LANEWAY GAMES [1/3]

Learn a variety of fun, long forgotten children’s games, once played in the streets of Shanghai.

45-minute workshop includes Chinese shuttlecock, hoop and stick and knucklebone games.

Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BABTN 

Sunday 17 Feb

11.00am – 12.30pm (includes light refreshments)

Free Admission

THE ART DECO DEPARTMENT STORES OF SHANGHAI

Historian, Peter Hack explores the history and links between Shanghai’s Art Deco department stores and the Chinese-Australian merchants who played a key role in their development. These famous department stores still operate today in China.

His book “The Art Deco Department Stores of Shanghai – The Chinese-Australian Connection” is currently available at the Chinese Museum gift shop.

Phone: 03 9662 2888 or email info@chinesemuseum.com.au

Sunday 17 Feb

12.30pm – 1.45pm
Lunch and talk
Price: $25 per person 

SHANGHAI LUNCH AND ETIQUETTE AT CHINE ON PARAMOUNT

Gain insights into Shanghainese cuisine and culture from Shanghainese, Charlie Cai at Chine on Paramount Restaurant, 101 Lt. Bourke St, Chinatown.

Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BALDW
03 9662 2888 or email info@chinesemuseum.com.au

Sunday 17 Feb

2.00pm – 3.30pm (includes light refreshments)

Free Admission

JEWISH SHANGHAI – a sanctuary and a home

Guest Speaker: Sam Moshinsky OAM

Sam Moshinsky was born in Shanghai in 1934. He recounts “Growing up in a special place, in a special time – never to be repeated again.” He experienced wars, changing regimes, and Shanghai’s evolving political landscape. In a world obsessed with conflicting nationalism, his family survived as stateless residents, sustained by their Russian Jewish culture and community. Sam migrated to Australia in 1951, at the age of 17.

His book “Goodbye Shanghai” is currently available at the Chinese Museum gift shop.

Phone: 03 9662 2888 or email info@chinesemuseum.com.au

Friday 22 Feb

7.00pm – 10.30pm
$75 per person
$65 per person for bookings over 10.
Ticket includes pan-Asian canapés, a complimentary wine and viewing of the Museum. 

SHANGHAI SWING – featuring Sophie Koh and the Shanghai MiMi Band [1/2]

Presenting a night of 1930s Shanghai Jazz at the Chinese Museum.

Step back in time when Shanghai was the “Paris of the East” and swing jazz emanated from the bars on the Bund.

Straight from their sold out Sydney Festival season, Sophie Koh, John McCall and the Shanghai MiMi Band recreate the feel and style of Shidaiqu (Chinese folk and American jazz fusion) of the 1930s with a contemporary flair.

Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BAJUG

Sat 23 Feb

Children under 5: Free

2.00pm
Price: Admission to Museum
+ $5 per person 

SHANGHAI LANEWAY GAMES [2/3]

Learn a variety of fun, long forgotten children’s games, once played in the streets of Shanghai.

45-minute workshop includes Chinese shuttlecock, hoop and stick and knucklebone games.

Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BABTN

 

Sat 23 Feb

7.00pm – 10.30pm
$75 per person
$65 per person for bookings over 10.
Ticket includes pan-Asian canapés, a complimentary wine and viewing of the Museum.

 

 

SHANGHAI SWING – featuring Sophie Koh and the Shanghai MiMi Band [2/2]

Presenting a night of 1930s Shanghai Jazz at the Chinese Museum.

Step back in time when Shanghai was the “Paris of the East” and swing jazz emanated from the bars on the Bund.

Straight from their sold out Sydney Festival season, Sophie Koh, John McCall and the Shanghai MiMi Band recreate the feel and style of Shidaiqu (Chinese folk and American jazz fusion) of the 1930s with a contemporary flair.

Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BAJUG

Sun 24 Feb

Children under 5: Free

2.00pm
Admission to Museum
+ $5 per person

 

 

SHANGHAI LANEWAY GAMES [3/3]

Learn a variety of fun, long forgotten children’s games, once played in the streets of Shanghai.

45-minute workshop includes Chinese shuttlecock, hoop and stick and knucklebone games.

Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BABTN 

SHANGHAI WEEK SUPPORTERS

Shanghai Business Association | Shanghai Archives | Shanghai History Museum

CWI International | OSIN 520 Wines | Jewish Museum of Australia

Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Level 1 Gallery

Until Sunday 23 September

A transition from traditional dress through to the adoption of a new identity as contemporary Chinese Australians

The exhibition has been created in partnership between the Chinese Museum and Deakin University.

In 1818 Mak Sai Ying arrived in Sydney as the first known migrant of Chinese descent – the start of a 200-year journey of the Chinese community in Australia. At this 200 year milestone, the Australian population now comprises over 1.2 million Chinese Australians – a community that has influenced the evolution of contemporary Australian Society and, in the future, will play a pivotal role in the shaping of Australia as a nation, particularly in its engagement with the Asia Pacific region. The Museum is celebrating this bicentenary by staging an exhibition called Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve, a journey about a personal and collective identity reflected through the garments Chinese Australians have worn over the past 200 years in Australia.