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 Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums

Photo: Simon Fox, Deakin University.

Download full media release here.

The 2018 Victorian Museum Awards were presented on Wednesday 29 August at Melbourne Museum by Museums Australia (Victoria) – www.mavic.asn.au – the peak body for 1,000+ museums and collecting organisations. The night was hosted by Jacinta Parsons, ABC Radio and featured a special address by Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research and Member for Broadmeadows

Multicultural Museums Victoria has received The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff) for their excellent ‘Grandmothers’ Project. The Grandmothers exhibition project was developed as the inaugural project for the newly formed Multicultural Museums Victoria (MMV). Over a period of eight months curators and staff from the five museums collaborated on programs and approaches to each of the Grandmother exhibitions that included shared events across music, storytelling and a cook-off, that celebrated cultural differences and shared values.

Multicultural Museums Victoria is a unique cross-cultural alliance between the Chinese Museum, Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, Hellenic Museum, Islamic Museum of Australia and the Jewish Museum of Australia. The alliance has increased the five museum’s visibility and audiences and has demonstrated the capacity of the different ethno-specific museums to work together creatively to achieve shared goals. The MMV partnership demonstrates the role that contemporary museums play in progressing important dialogue around recognition and respect for cultural diversity.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

The Judges admired the complex collaboration between the five museums that comprise Multicultural Museums Victoria and the range of artforms that were incorporated in the Grandmothers exhibition across all five sites. “This project is greater than the sum of its parts, in sharing their resources and their stories, Multicultural Museums Victoria have created something unique.”

QUOTE FROM MINISTER FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, MARTIN FOLEY

Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries, congratulated the Award winners: “From internationally renowned institutions to volunteer-run community organisations, Victoria is the proud home of one third of Australia’s museums and galleries. But it’s not just about numbers, it’s about impact. Our museums play a key role in strengthening our communities - by showcasing different perspectives, they foster understanding and connection and open us up to new ideas.”

“This year’s winners and nominated projects showcase the diversity of our museum sector and the extraordinary work that is undertaken each year. Congratulations to all nominees and thank you for the vital contribution you make to our creative state.”

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS

Laura Miles, Executive Director of Museums Australia (Victoria), said: “Congratulations to all the Award nominees this year for their amazing achievements to create vibrant, inventive and highly engaging museum and gallery experiences for all Victorians and visitors. Museums Australia is delighted to celebrate the work of the thousands of volunteers and staff who collectively maintain Victoria’s position as the cultural capital of Australia.”

MUSEUMS RECEIVING ACCREDITATION IN 2018

Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research and Member for Broadmeadows, also presented certificates to four museums that had completed the gold-standard Museum Accreditation Program this year: the Friends of Westgarthtown: Ziebell’s Farmhouse, the National Wool Museum, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, and the Warrnambool Art Gallery. FULL LIST OF 2018

VICTORIAN MUSEUM AWARDS WINNERS:

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Awards for Excellence

Christine Grayden, Phillip Island Nature Parks for Lifetime Achievement (Paid) Linda Peacock, Robert O’Hara Burke Museum, for involving people and communities (Paid) Tanja Johnston, Australian National Veterans Arts Museum, for involving people and communities (Volunteer)

The Archival Survival Award for Volunteer-Run Museums (up to 1 EFT paid staff)

Stanley Athenaeum, for their exhibition Hearts of Gold – Minds of Mettle exhibition

The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums (2-7 Paid Staff)

Duldig Studio, for their Reaching Out to Our Communities – expanding public programs at Duldig Studio

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff)

Multicultural Museums Victoria for their collaborative ‘Grandmothers’ project

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums (51+ Paid Staff)

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) for their Wonderland exhibition

Victorian Collections Awards (x 3) for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing

Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum Uniting Church Archives – Synod of Victoria Melbourne Legacy

Further information: http://www.mavic.asn.au/awards

Commemorative Medallion from Sunnybank RSL

On Thursday, 26 July 2018, the Chinese Museum was honored to receive a medallion from Queenland's Sunnybank RSL in recognition of our efforts to recognise the service and sacrifice of Australian's of Chinese Heritage in the Defence of Australia since Federation. Our Chairman, Mr Bill Au, was on hand at the Museum to receive the medallion from Sunnybank RSL Liason Officer, Adam Lo.

Throughout 2018, the Chinese Museum has been touring an exhibition on Chinese Anzacs & Chinese Australians in WWII around Regional Victoria. 

Sunday 26 August 2018 | CAFHOV Family History Event

Chinese Family Historians of Victoria (CAFHOV), supported by the Museum of Chinese Australian History (Chinese Museum) are hosting a Chinese Australian Family History event on Sunday 26 August 2018 at the Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne.

CAFHOV members will share personal journeys of discovery and describe rich narratives about their ancestors and families with Rosalie Hiah will talk about her family research on the Kwong Sue Duk family. Other members will be on hand to answer questions during the breaks and to share Chinese family research tips.

This is a FREE event but normal Chinese Museum entry fees apply.

Morning Session:               10.15-12.15pm
Afternoon Session:            1.00-3.00pm

If you would like to ensure your place please book by clicking on the link below:

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=395114&

We look forward to seeing you in the event!

Exhibition Program