Museum News

  • Invitation- Celebratory Launch of Chinese Australians 200 years

    This is a very important year-long celebration that you can be part of!   2017 and 2018 is a very important time to recognise and uplift the Chinese Community through a year-long celebration created by the Chinese Museum acknowledging two major milestones in our history:In 1818, Mak Sai Ying arrived in Sydney, as the first known Chinese-born settler. In our 200th year anniversary, the Chinese Australian population has reached over one million. We sincerely invite you to join us at the Park Hyatt Melbourne on Tuesday October 17 2017 for a special celebratory funtion – CHINESE AUSTRALIANS 200 YEARS CELEBRATORY LAUNCH.   The Celebratory Launch will be a significant event attended by Chinese, Australian and Victorian government representatives, representatives of high standing in the Chinese community, high achievers in our community as guests, high net worth Read More

  • New Collection Item On Display

    What is this new collection item on display next to our front desk? Donated by Charles Zhang, this shirt was worn during and signed to commemorate the 160th Anniversary Walk from Robe to Melbourne.   In the 1850s-60s, Chinese arrivals had to pay a £10 per head poll tax to land in Victoria. To avoid this, many instead landed in Robe, SA, and walked 500 km to the Victorian Goldfields. The journey was dangerous and not always successful. There have been several recreations of this journey, including walks from Robe to Ballarat in 2013 and 2016.  In May 2017, the Chinese Community Council of Australia organised a 20-day reenactment of the walk from Robe to Victorian Parliament House. Premier Daniel Andrews and hundreds of citizens greeted them with a formal apology for the Government’s Read More

  • Donors to Mabel Wang Memorial Fund 

    The museum would like to thank you for your strong support of the Mabel Wang Memorial Fund. Your generous donation will go a long way to helping us to establish a Chinese Museum Education Program teaching children about Chinese Dragons. Your support is vital to securing the museum’s role to preserve and promote Chinese culture and history. DONORS TO MABEL WANG MEMORIAL FUNDAnita Ho Bill Au Andrew WangCarole Wilkinson Estella Leung Helene ChungHelen Lau H Martin Julia X.J RenoufJanet Wu John Chen  Les YouieLuisa THE L W Enterprises P/L  M ChuMak Si Chiu William Program IT  Stephen ChenSunny Duong  Sally Tuckfield  Trudy Wyse Tilly Hudono  Ute Martin  Winston WangYuLan Huang  Yin Tang   

  • Mabel Wang Memorial Fund

    MABEL WANG MEMORIAL FUND   Mabel Wang (nee Chen), 22 July 1924 – 12 May 2017, passed away peacefully at Cabrini Hospital Malvern, Victoria. The Chen family has been an active family in Melbourne’s Chinatown since the 1930s in commerce, community and local politics. With her husband, Councillor David Wang, Mabel was a great contributor to the City of Melbourne in the late 1900s. Mabel was one of the founders of the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and was instrumental in raising funds for the commissioning and purchase of Melbourne Dai Loong (Big Dragon) in 1978, which was the first processional dragon made in China for 30 years. Along with other dragons, Melbourne Dai Loong appears in the Dragon Gallery at the Museum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mabel Wang Memorial Read More

  • Sponsor Story: Central Equity

    The Chinese Museum would like to extend our sincere thanks to Central Equity, our longest serving corporate sponsor, for their generous support through the years. As a multi award winning industry leader in residential properties in Melbourne, this caring Company has actively sponsored a broad range of community organisations and groups over the years, including the Chinese Museum. Central Equity were also kind enough to generously participate in our latest activity by enthusiastically purchasing 4 limited edition Dai Loong dragon scales this year. These original dragon scales are from the 100 metre long Dai Loong or Big Dragon which was the centrepiece of the annual Chinese New Year parade from 1979 – 2000. Owning one of the 500 framed dragon scales represents a rare opportunity to become an honourable witness of the living history of Chinese Australian. Dragon Scale Order Form We sincerely appreciate the decision by Central Equity to extend their support to the Chinese Museum for a Read More

  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the Chinese Museum

      April was an exceptional month for the Chinese Museum. We were proud to partner with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year, for the first time, as a key venue for 203 shows. We enthusiastically welcomed 8,000 people to enjoy comedy performances in the unique environment of the Museum. We also gave away free double passes on social media for two Chinese comedy shows to our Museum subscribers. Thanks to the Comedy Festival, the museum was able to welcome many new friends to have their first visit here.   Tim Chan and Vivek Mahbubani, the two award-winning comedians from Hong Kong were eager to share their experience of performing at the Chinese Museum. They also expressed their strong desire to visit and perform at the Museum again next Read More

  • Bringing Meaning: Landscape paintings by Zhou Xiaoping

    Experience the unique collaboration between Chinese and Aboriginal arts. Explore the story behind it on our newest show, Bringing Meaning: Landscape paintings by Zhou Xiaoping, opening in early June.   We are thrilled to launch a brand new exhibition with acclaimed Chinese artist Zhou Xiaoping in early June. Zhou Xiaoping is a Melbourne-based artist, born and educated in China. Since 1988 he has been actively engaged with Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land and the Kimberley. When he came to Australia in 1988, Xiaoping was deeply attracted to Australian Aboriginal art and culture. He has created a unique artistic style by incorporating his new Aboriginal experiences into the traditional Chinese classic painting that he had learnt in China. Chinese and Aboriginal arts and cultures meet in his paintings, ceramics and installations, generating a new aesthetics while telling Read More

  • Chinese Anzacs Special Ticket Offer Extended

    Join us in remembering the Chinese Australians who served in World War I. Only until 25 June, we invite you to the Museum. SAVE *$11 : Bring a friend for free (two people for the price of one) Present this on your phone to our ticket desk to qualify. (* Save up to $11 based on full adult price, concessions save $9. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)

  • The Chinese Museum’s 2016 holiday gift guide

    It’s that time of the year again! Good for you if you have all your gifts sorted already, you superhuman being — but for the rest of us currently experiencing a pre-holiday headache/total meltdown, the Chinese Museum hopes to help with some of our own nifty gift ideas. Good luck, and shop wisely!   Shao Qihua Paintings ($200) Ideal for: your arty sister She’s both stylish and creative; her wardrobe might consist of only Gorman dresses, which she coordinates with equally colourful lipsticks and her own handmade jewellery. In fact, most days you swear she’s actually the physical manifestation of a Shao Qihua painting — vibrant, animated, too adorable to bear. As an arts and crafts fanatic with a penchant for all things independent, she’ll especially appreciate the cultural and artistic significance of Shao’s paintings: not only Read More

  • ‘Outsider’ Artists: Leo Tien and Shao Qihua

    This summer, the Chinese Museum’s two exhibitions, ‘Modern Folk Art: Peasant Paintings by Shao Qihua‘ and ‘The Unruly Art of Leo Tien‘, will showcase the paintings of two artists who are not quite artists in the traditional sense. Though wildly different in style, the works of Shao Qihua and Leo Tien might be labelled ‘outsider art’ or ‘naive art’, due to their practices being outside the confinements of the mainstream art world. Often, ‘outsider art’ might also refer to the work of untrained or self-taught artists, which is the case for Leo Tien. Looking only at their ‘outsider’ status, however, overlooks their unique creative visions, as formed by extraordinary social, political and cultural contexts. Leo Tien (1920 – 2001) We can’t be sure when Tien first felt the urge to paint, Read More