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.

 

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

Conversations | Artist and Curator Talks: Wàipó, the light of my childhood

An opportunity to meet the creators of the Grandmother exhibition and gain insight into the creative process behind the installations.

SPEAKERS:  Joyce Agee, Nicholas Chin, Tammy Wong Hulbert, Emilia Johari, Yinghong Li, Xiao Yu Bai

WHEN: Thursday, 31 May, 6pm-8pm

COST: Free | includes light refreshments

BOOKINGS: RSVP via this link

 

Come and hear more about Chinese Museum’s Grandmother project that sees the curators and participating artists bring new curatorial perspectives into the theme. In a 50-minute panel discussion, they will introduce their individual exhibition inspiration and how living in Australia has shaped their art and career. The discussion will be followed by light refreshments and open Q&A. Free event, all welcome.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

  • Judy Leong completed her Master of Fine Arts at RMIT University in 2010. She also has a BA Fine Arts, a Diploma of Visual Arts and a Diploma of Stitch and Studio Textile. She is a practicing artist and also teaches textile art and patchwork from a studio in Melbourne.

 

This exhibition is part of the flagship project presented by Multicultural Museums Victoria.

Multicultural Museum Victoria is proud to have Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest private family foundations, coming on board as the Principal Partner, supporting the 'Grandmother' Project exhibitions across all five museums.

Exhibition Launch Invitation | Grandmothers: Seen through the Eyes of Six Contemporary Chinese Australian Artists

As was often the case in Chinese culture, grandmothers were often caretakers for their grandchildren while the parents went out to work. They were industrious and told stories, cooked meal and sewed clothes. Their emotional handiwork has left an indelible stamp on their grandchildren.

In conjunction with our Multicultural Museum Victoria (MMV) members, the Chinese Museum invites you to embark on a complex and rich journey.  Explore the theme of ‘Grandmothers’ through the work of six contemporary Chinese Australian artists: Nicholas Chin (Co-Curator), Tammy Wong Hulbert, Emilia Johari, Judy Leong, Yinghong Li, and Xiao Yu Bai.

在中华文化中,外婆通常在孩子父母外出工作时,担当起照顾儿孙的责任。她们勤劳能干,给儿孙讲故事、做饭、缝衣服。在情感上给她们的孙辈留下了不可磨灭的印记。

澳华历史博物馆携手Multicultural Museum Victoria(维州多元文化博物馆)成员,邀请您一同踏上一段意味深长的情感之旅,与Nicholas Chin,Tammy Wong Hulbert, Emilia Johari,Judy Leong, Yinghong Li 以及 Xiao Yu Bai 六位现代艺术家一道,共同探索“外婆”这一主题。

 

You're Invited to

Grandmothers: Seen through the Eyes of
Six Contemporary Chinese Australian Artists
Exhibition Launch

Date: 4 pm Sunday 6 May, 2018
Location: Level 1, Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place

Wàipó 外婆 is a common name in Mandarin for grandmother. In China different names are used to signify a maternal or paternal grandmother. The exhibition curator and artists had difficulty agreeing on a name for the exhibition. Wàipó 外婆 was finally selected because it favours the maternal line.

The six participating artists come from very different backgrounds, which reflect the changing demographics of the Chinese diaspora in Australia. Their responses to the exhibition theme of 'Grandmothers' has been equally diverse. Four of the artists have created installation works that incorporate a variety of media including ceramics, fabric and artefacts. Two of the artists have created paintings to explore the theme. The exhibition contains many layers of meaning but finally demonstrates the fundamental role of grandmothers in the lives of their grandchildren and families. We invite you to explore Wàipó 外婆, a powerful tribute to grandmothers everywhere regardless of language and culture.

普通话中,Wàipó是对祖母的常用称呼。不同地区及方言对祖母和外祖母区别称谓。策展人和艺术家们因此一时无法统一一个通用的称呼。最后,我们决定用“外婆”作为展览的名称,因为它强调了母系称谓。

参展的六位华裔艺术家来自不同的文化背景,代表了澳洲华人群体结构的逐渐变化。他们对展览主题的回应也同样多样。其中四位艺术家创作了装置作品,运用包括陶瓷,织物和手工艺品等多种媒体。两位艺术家则以绘画艺术形式参展。本展览的内容深度是多层的,但最终都体现了外婆在孙辈和家庭生活中的重要性。澳华历史博物馆将邀请大家探索外婆这一主题,穿越语言与文化的隔阂一同向伟大的外婆们致敬。

PROGRAM | 展览活动

【Curator and Artist Talk | 策展人、艺术家对话】 博物馆高级策展人Joyce Agee协同六位艺术家,与你畅谈她们的艺术畅想。

【Grandmother and grandchildren event | 这个外婆不一般】 与外婆一同绘画、烹饪,听她讲故事。现场与博物馆一起拍摄属于你们的纪录片。

【Grandmother Stories | 翻开外婆的日记本】 我们将邀请数位华裔外婆,为大家讲述她们有趣的往事。

Grandmothers: Seen through the Eyes of Six Contemporary Chinese Australian Artists will run until the 16th of August 2018.  The Chinese Museum exhibition is part of collaborative project exploring the theme of 'Grandmothers' in different cultures with the Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, the Hellenic Museum, the,Islamic Museum of Australia and the Jewish Museum of Australia.

Wàipó 外婆:六名华裔现代艺术家眼中的外婆展期至今年8月16日。本展览为Multicultural Museum Victoria维州多元文化博物馆“Grandmothers”项目的一部分,澳华历史博物馆与其它四所博物馆 Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, Hellenic Museum, Islamic Museum of Australia 以及 Jewish Museum of Australia就这一项目合作,展示不同文化背景下的"Grandmothers"。

 

*Free event. RSVP via this LINK or EMAIL to marketing@chinesemuseum.com.au for free entry.

 

Principal Partner

Multicultural Museum Victoria is proud to have Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest private family foundations, coming on board as the Principal Partner, supporting the 'Grandmother' Project exhibitions across all five museums.

 

Part of the Multicultural Museums Victoria ‘Grandmothers’ project

About Multicultural Museums Victoria
Melbourne is one of the world’s great multicultural cities, where opportunities for discovery abound. Under the MMV banner, we’ve brought together a unique partnership of five ethnic museums to share our rich cultures and present exciting joint programs and events. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, explore five cultures that have helped shape our vibrant and diverse city. Immerse yourself in our dynamic exhibitions, events, talks and workshops and discover endless possibilities for cultural engagement.

Image credit:

Tammy Wong Hulbert, From her installation Two Wongs Making a White, Photograph: Shane Hulbert
Nicholas Chin, "To break the rice bowl: Grandmother" #1, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 60cm 
Judy Leong, The sarong cradle from her installation My Grandmother, Fong Sz Tshe (1890-1962). Photograph: Judy Brandt

Exhibition Launch Invitation- Bringing Meaning: Landscapes By Zhou Xiaoping 《另一种呈现:周小平的绘画艺术》开幕仪式

The Chairman, Mr Bill Au and the Board of the Chinese Museum cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition.

We are pleased to welcome back Zhou Xiaoping to the Chinese Museum for this exhibition. Zhou Xiaoping's work speaks to the connections of Aboriginal rituals, customs, myths, and to the land where the physical world and the interior and spiritual realms merge.

The Chinese Museum would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Chinese International Arts Festival.

The exhibition will run until 6 March 2018.

*Free event. Click 'GOING' or RSVP to marketing@chinesemuseum.com.au for free entry.

Time: 6:00 pm Friday, 6 October, 2017


Location: Level 1 
Gallery

Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place 

我们非常荣幸地欢迎周小平先生再次回到澳华历史博物馆举办此次展览。周小平先生的画作为我们展现了原住民仪式、风俗和传说之间的联系,也还原了那片土地之上,现实世界与内在的精神王国合二为一。
澳华历史博物馆特别鸣谢中化国际艺术节对本次展览的鼎力支持。

开幕式当天,维多利亚多州元文化委员陈之斌先生、周小平先生将会到场致辞并与来宾交流。此展览将展出至2018年3月6日。

*此次开幕式为免费活动。在澳华历史博物院的Facebook上点击 'GOING' 或回复 marketing@chinesemuseum.com.au 即可参与。

Chinese Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous support of: